Professional Course

Associate PRM™ Certificate

ACF Academy, In London (+1 locations)
3 days
3,400 USD, 2,700 GBP
Next course start
6 March, 2024 (+2 start dates)
3 days
3,400 USD, 2,700 GBP
Next course start
6 March, 2024 (+2 start dates)
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Course description

Associate PRM™ Certificate

This course is an intensive seminar designed to prepare participants for the Associate PRM™ Certificate.

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Upcoming start dates

Choose between 2 start dates

6 March, 2024

  • Classroom
  • London

25 March, 2024

  • Classroom
  • New York City

Who should attend?

Who Should Attend

The program is intended for everyone studying to for the Associate PRM™ Certificate. This qualification is intended for staff entering the risk management profession, or for those who interface with risk management disciplines on a regular basis, such as auditing, accounting, legal, and systems development personnel who want to understand fundamental risk management methods and practices.


A basic knowledge of finance.

Training content

Section A: Risk Management, Risk and Return

  • Definition of financial risk
  • Role of the risk manager
  • Risk terminology
  • Types of risk: Market, Credit, Operational, Reputational, Legal, Business, Liquidity
  • The balance between risk and reward
  • Risk-adjusted returns
  • Implementing a financial risk management program
  • Hedge accounting
  • Hedging at Merck
  • Diversification
  • Portfolio theory
  • The efficient frontier
  • The value of a call option
  • Risk-adjusted returns

Section B: Governance and PRMIA Standards

  • Importance of governance
  • Role of the Board of Directors
  • Typical financial risk management structure
  • Basic risk management policies
  • Importance and meaning of an Escalation Policy
  • Role of external parties (external audit, regulators, “the market”)
  • The ten core PRMIA Governance Principles
  • How the PRMIA Governance Principles apply to the Board, the finance and accounting function, and the risk management department
  • PRMIA Standards of Best Practice, Conduct and Ethics for Professional Risk Managers
  • Positive role of risk management in the business process
  • Basic operations of the PRMIA organization and practices

Section C: Financial Markets

  • Money markets
  • Bond markets
  • Stock markets
  • Foreign exchange markets
  • Futures markets
  • OTC markets
  • Commodities markets
  • Energy markets

Section D: Interest Rate Risk and Hedging

  • Definition of interest rate risk
  • Yields and bond prices
  • The yield curve and bond prices
  • Duration and convexity
  • Risk of a single security
  • Portfolio risk
  • Principles of swaps
  • Principles of options
  • Caps and floors
  • Swaptions
  • Exotic options
  • Financial engineering

Section E: Market Risk Management and ALM

  • Notional amounts of exposure
  • Option “Greeks”
  • The concept of Value at Risk (VaR)
  • Value at Risk and risk limits
  • Determining Value at Risk measures
  • When VaR doesn’t work
  • Stress testing and extreme events
  • Scenario planning
  • Liquidity risk
  • Role of the ALCO
  • Funding gaps
  • Duration gaps
  • Liquidity risk in banks
  • Funds Transfer Pricing (FTP)

Section F: Retail and Commercial Credit Risk Management

  • Role of the credit officer
  • Retail credit risk
  • Credit scoring
  • Default, default rates and loss rates
  • The value of a customer
  • Securitization and risk transfer
  • Pricing risk
  • Role of rating agencies
  • Credit ratings
  • Migration of credit ratings
  • Internal rating scores and methods
  • Basic financial measures in a loan risk assessment
  • Loss Given Default (LGD)
  • Counterparty credit risk
  • Credit models
  • Risk of a single credit
  • Portfolio credit risk
  • Credit VaR
  • CreditMetrics
  • MKMV models
  • Actuarial and reduced-form models
  • Overview of credit derivatives

Section G: Operational Risk Management and Performance Measures

  • Operational loss
  • Quantifying operational loss
  • Link between operational and other risks
  • Key risk indicator
  • Key risk driver
  • Differentiating between a key risk indicator and a key risk driver
  • Framework for analysing operational risk
  • Implementing an operational risk framework
  • Implementing a scenario-based process for assessing and quantifying operational risks
  • Assessing risks from new business processes, products or change management initiatives
  • Mitigation and mitigation techniques
  • Role of insurance in operational risk transfer
  • Risk capital
  • Core uses of risk capital
  • Risk capital vs. regulatory capital
  • Uses of RAROC in business decision making

Section H: Case Studies

  • Metallgesellschaft
  • Orange County
  • Riggs Bank
  • LTCM
  • Continental / Penn Square
  • Bankgesellschaft Berlin
  • Credit Lyonnais
  • NAB FX Options
  • Barings Bank
  • WorldCom
  • Banker’s Trust
  • Daiwa
  • G30 Report and Recommendations
  • Governance lessons
  • Market risk lessons
  • ALM lessons
  • Market risk lessons
  • Credit risk lessons
  • Operational risk lessons
  • Governance lessons


  • New York: $3,400
  • London: £2,700 (plus VAT)

Certification / Credits

CPD: 21 hours

Learning Outcomes

The key learning objectives of the Associate PRM™are to:

  • Gain a familiarity with the concept of risk management and its place in the business, organization or system
  • Gain an overall understanding of the concepts of risk management techniques in a non-quantitative framework
  • Understand how governance fits into the concept of risk management
  • Understand the concepts of risk and return
  • Gain a familiarity with the structure and workings of various financial markets
  • Gain a familiarity with the financial instruments used in risk management
  • Understand the concepts of interest rate risk and hedging
  • Understand the concepts of asset –liability management
  • Understand the concepts of market risk management
  • Understand the concepts of retail and commercial credit risk management
  • Understand the concepts of operational risk management
  • Understand how performance can be measured
  • Understand the concept of enterprise risk management
  • Understand industry standards and best practices of financial risk management
  • Understand the positive role that risk management can play

Attending this course will help prepare you for the Associate PRM™ Certificate exam.

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