Financial Certification

Financial Certification

Financial Certification in Hedge Funds

Here is the result of a recent interview I completed with the Financial Times regarding the Hedge Fund Group (HFG) and Certified Hedge Fund Professional (CHP) Designation, a new financial certification. Thanks to Fintag for the friendly (overly friendly) plug over on his blog here.

Here is a short excerpt from the Financial Times article:

“Students can receive qualifications for almost anything, be it a "maple syrup" course at New York's Alfred University or "cyberfeminism" at Cornell. Basic economics teaches that so long as there is demand and resources, supply will shortly follow.

Richard Wilson, founder of the Hedge Fund Group (HFG), a professional networking organisation, witnessed a demand for a programme dedicated to the study of hedge funds. This discovery led to the
Certified Hedge Fund Professional (CHP) Designate initiative. Mr Wilson previously worked for a currency and commodity hedge fund and a fund of funds in South Africa before joining a hedge fund marketing firm.

The charter he has helped create is a programme designed to prepare students for life in a hedge fund. "It will also save two-thirds of training on the job and enable them to walk right in and know what is going on," says Mr Wilson.

The Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst are well established rival programmes. The CHFA project, launched in mid-July, is designed to be similar, but not a copy of others…. An online training forum provides career advice, CV checks, and access to a directory of managing directors and recruiters for students. Students gain admission to the Hedge Fund Group (HFG) and its 9,000 members.

The charter received roughly 900 applications for the first year, but intake was limited to 100….
"The Hedge Fund Group (HFG) team has been fabulous. They answer every question quickly, accurately and professionally. It's this stuff that, quite simply, builds credibility," says, Sameer Vishwanathan, a new student of the CHP Designation Program.”

Here is the full article.

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- Richard

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