Islamic Finance Qualification

Level 3 Certificate in Islamic Finance (IFQ)

Why study the Islamic Finance Qualification?

The Islamic Finance Qualification (IFQ) is an award-winning global qualification that covers Islamic finance from both a technical and a Shariah perspective, providing the first international benchmark in the area of Islamic finance.

It provides an understanding of the influence of Shariah in a business context and prepares candidates to hold key positions in the Islamic finance and takaful (Islamic insurance) industries.

Is the Islamic Finance Qualification right for me?

The qualification is appropriate for existing and new employees and those seeking a career in Islamic finance.

Key features:

  • Best Islamic Finance Qualification 2020 – Global Islamic Finance Awards
  • Shariah compliant
  • Available internationally in English and Arabic
  • Provides knowledge of the general principles of Shariah (fiqh al muamalat) and their application to Islamic banking and finance
  • Examines the practices used in the Islamic financial markets and the principles behind investment selections
  • Initiated and supported by the Central Bank of Lebanon (Banque du Liban)
  • Awarded jointly by the CISI and l’Ecole Supérieure des Affaires (ESA)
  • Earn CPD hours upon successful completion of the qualification
  • Free CISI Student membership – become associated with a Chartered professional body and take advantage of an extensive range of benefits
  • Access to Associate membership and ACSI designatory letters

Qualification Factsheets

Hear from Fatima ...

Fatima Nasser,‎ Accounting Student

The CISI IFQ was the perfect qualification for me because I wanted something flexible yet comprehensive. I wanted to top off my professional accountancy qualification with a certified qualification in Islamic Finance. I think that Islamic Finance is a niche market and I was always interested in this field.

In Dubai where Islamic banking is growing at an incredible pace, I have found that this qualification is a huge advantage. I am very pleased with my decision to pursue the IFQ and CISI membership and I feel very optimistic regarding the new career opportunities that will be available to me with the IFQ certification and the membership.

I have a young baby and it was quite challenging to manage my time whilst self-studying. I found summarizing the notes from the text book and solving the questions at the back very helpful.

Qualification Structure

The qualification is achieved by successfully passing a multiple-choice question exam.  Select a language below to view details for this exam. 

The Islamic Finance Qualification is recognised by Ofqual as the Level 3 Certificate in Islamic Finance (IFQ) and as a level 3 qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

Total Qualification Time:
132 hours

The total qualification time (TQT) for this qualification is 132 hours. TQT is an estimate of the number of hours that a typical candidate might reasonably spend in achieving the qualification. This will vary depending on your previous experience, and includes any formal study as well as self-study and assessment time.


Exam Details

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Pass Mark / Pass Rate

The current pass rate for this exam is and the pass mark is . The exam grades are as follows:

Regulated Qualifications Framework

credits on the Regulated Qualifications Framework are awarded upon successfully passing this exam

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Study support


A CISI workbook is required to be purchased when booking the exam. This is to ensure there is one standard workbook from which all exam candidates can prepare. You can also choose to purchase CISI elearning to support your exam preparation.

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Accredited Training Partners

You can choose to complete formal training for our exams with a CISI Accredited Training Partner (ATP).

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Post Qualification Opportunities


Obtaining the Islamic Finance Qualification qualification entitles candidates to join the Institute at Associate level. As a member of the Institute, you will enjoy the recognition of being a professional in a world of increasing competition. The extensive continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities available through the CISI’s suite of membership benefits ensures financial services practitioners can maintain competence and meet the requirements of firms and the regulator.