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The Academy of Financial Markets

Established in 1994, the Academy of Financial Markets (AFM) provides a range of high quality education and training courses in the related fields of financial services, wealth management, business and financial markets.

We engage in ongoing reseach into new developments in the local and international financial markets, which is shared with business people in the form of courses, seminars, in-house training and publications.

Courses range from the basic to advanced and updates are presented internationally. We also offer consultation services in the field of treasury set up, funding, investment and control systems.

Institution and program accreditation

BankSeta website | BankSeta

AFM is accredited by the Bankseta and currently offer three Qualification courses:
> National Certificate: Financial Markets & Instruments (NQF 6) - Wealth management or Investment focus options available
 > National  Certificate: 
Banking (NQF 5)

Corporate clientele

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Many large, wellknown, successful companies use AFM's courses as part of their in house training. Click the link above to see a list of some of our current and previous clientele.

Employment Equity and Previously Disadvantaged Individuals

The Academy of Financial Markets sees its main role in the empowerment of previously disadvantaged groups as two-fold:

> Employment and equipping of previously disadvantaged individuals
> Education of previously disadvantaged groups and assistance of placement of successful individuals in relevant professions.

Currently the following applies to AFM:
> 25.1% Black owned (equity direct ownership)

> 50% of the full-time staff of the Academy are from the previously disadvantaged groups.
> 33% of the directors in the group are from previously disadvantaged groups.

We are actively involved in the training and education of previously disadvantaged groups, and of our total learners participating in education programs presented by the Academy, approximately 50% are from previously disadvantaged groups. Our program is being presented at the CIDA City Campus to previously disadvantaged individuals who wants to persue a career in the Financial Services.

We believe that we have achieved our goals set thus far and aim to continue improving in the area of Employment Equity and transformation, and strive to improve in all areas of business.

The AFM Model

Outcomes-based and knowledge based education

The AFM training model is based on the students achieving certain outcomes (NQF alligned) and prove knowledge of certain topics, agreed with the client prior to training. This will include pre-training sessions with relevant employees at the client to establish the course content and outcomes. In order to comply with SAQA requirements, certain generic training must be included, and these have been fully developed by the AFM, ready for inclusion.

Format of Training

Features of the AFM model

The format of the training depends on the level of training.

The training normally takes the form of:
> Face-to face classroom sessions (conducted nationally)
> Practical and topical case studies done by students after face to face sessions

Certain courses would also include:
> Simulated trading on the JSE using live prices via simulated trading software
> Practical assignments, group work and presentations by students.
> Video based lectures for correspondence courses

> CD based training (Interactive)
> Web-based and telephone based course content

Certain courses can be accommodated via distance education, making use of video's, CD's or web-based training methods and support.