FAQs

1. What are the educational requirements to register in the Program of Studies?

There are no educational requirements to become a Registered Student. However, in order to obtain the CBV designation, an individual must have a degree from a post-secondary academic institution or university in Canada or another country.

The requirement for a degree from a post-secondary academic institution or university will be waived for an individual who holds a Canadian designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) or Chartered Public Accountant (CPA) (or the predecessor designations of Chartered Accountant – CA, Certified Management Accountant – CMA, or Certified General Accountant – CGA). Please see the Education Requirement policy.

Due to nature of the material covered in the Program, applicants should have a foundational knowledge of financial reporting and taxation (typically acquired in the process of acquiring a business-related university undergraduate degree).

Please refer to become a CBV page.

2. What documents do I need to provide to the Institute upon registering for a course?

The Institute does not require supporting documents at the time of registration (e.g., university transcript or degree). Students are asked to provide this information when applying to write the Membership Qualification Exam (MQE)

3. What are the prerequisites to enroll in the Program of Studies?

There are no educational requirements to become a Registered Student (see Question #1 above).

The CICBV requires that, in order to register in the Program of Studies, an individual must be able to confirm that they meet any of the following criteria:

  • Have experience in business or securities valuation services; OR 
  • employed at a firm that offers business or securities valuation services; OR
  • have experience in or am employed at a firm that offers accounting or financial services, such as corporate finance, financial or management accounting, financial analysis, auditing, litigation support, forensic accounting, financial management or investment management.

4. How do I register?

Go to https://cicbv.ca/ and click on “LOGIN/REGISTER” located on the right hand side of the red bar across the top of the page and begin to create your profile, the system will prompt you with proceeding to create your profile.

If you are a returning student, after clicking on “LOGIN/REGISTER”, you will be taken to your landing page.  Scroll down your landing page to “COURSES”, and select the box next to the course name that you want to register in. The registration button below the courses will be highlighted in red. Click “REGISTER”.

To register for an elective course, click on the “SEE ALL” on the top right hand corner of the COURSE and all seven courses will appear.

5. How long is the Program?

The Program is typically completed within a three-year period.

The eight courses are offered every semester (see Curriculum). Six must be completed, four mandatory and two electives to fulfill the course requirements.

The number of courses to take per semester is ultimately the decision of the Student. The four mandatory courses (Level I through IV) should be taken consecutively.

Some students chose to fast track the course requirements by taking multiple courses per semester. We recommend that students start the Program of Studies by taking Level I on its own so that students can get an idea of the course’s time commitments.

6. Once I register in the Program of Studies, how should I refer to my status with the CICBV?

You may refer to yourself as a Registered Student in the CICBV Program of Study.

7. How do I access my course material?

 Students may access their course material by logging in to their CICBV student account.

Once logged in to their landing page, scroll down and click on the course name that you are registered for. Next to the course name it will indicate “ATTENDING”.

8. Are the solutions to assignments distributed?

Yes; solutions for the assignments and case studies are provided to Students with their course notes.

Students are not required to submit their assignments for grading.  The student’s mark is weighed 100% on their exam grade.  The passing grade is a 60%.

9. When does the semester officially begin?

Students will receive access to the course material immediately upon registering for a course.

However, the semester officially begins once the registration period closes. Program Calendar

Students receive access to the York University discussion forum (Moodle) approximately 5 business days after registering for a course. Additionally, there are three webinars that take place throughout the semester: the first is generally two weeks after the closing of registration, the second is generally at the mid-point in the semester, and the third is approximately three weeks before the exam.

10. Does the course include in-class time?

Due to the busy professional and personal schedules of the students in the Program of Studies, the CICBV Program of Studies is a self-directed program with an online forum component, and there is no in-class time.

The only time you are required to be physically present is on the day of the exam. The exams are on set dates and cannot be changed. Program Calendar

11. Where do I write my exam?

Exams are written in person on set dates and cannot be changed.

12. Where can I see my exam results?

The exam results are posted on the CICBV website. Exam results link – scroll down.

Students will be required to register for the exam (i.e., in addition to registering for the course).  The course and exam are separate registrations. The link to register for the exam will be provided to the student in your course registration confirmation email from the CICBV and is on the “Examinations” section of the website. The location of the exam will be confirmed one-month prior exam.

13. What resources or support are available to students?

The resources available to students are as follows:

  1. The online discussion forum (Moodle – access provided by York University) is the tool which students may use to post questions for the course instructors and communicate with fellow students. We strongly encourage students to use the forum.  Even if a student does not wish to post questions on the forum, we strongly encourage the student to still to login in to the forum to view the activity, to benefit from others’ questions and the course instructors’ responses.
  2. There are three webinars throughout the semester. The first is generally two weeks after the closing of registration, the second is generally at the mid-point in the semester, and the third is approximately three weeks before the exam.
  3. There is a list of tutors posted on the CICBV site (https://cicbv.ca/tutoring/). These are CBVs who have provided their contact information to the CICBV, and who are interested in offering tutoring services. The student and tutor privately arrange fees and scheduling. 

14. What is York University’s involvement in the Program?

York University Division of Continuing Education provides the student discussion forum and exam administration.