International Certificate in Investor Relations

The International Certificate in Investor Relations (ICIR) is an internationally recognised qualification in Investor Relations (IR). It is regarded as an essential pre-requisite for those entering the IR profession, and a valuable benchmark for those already in the profession.

Objective of ICIR
The ICIR ensures that the holder of the qualification has an appropriate level of factual knowledge of the regulatory requirements as well as the financial and market environment within which the practitioner is able to operate effectively.

ICIR Examination

Date: 8th April 2020
Time: 12:30pm – 01:30pm
Venue: SGX Centre, Academy Room 2

ICIR Online Revision Modules (Optional)

The ICIR Online Learning Support Modules are an additional resource to help ensure that candidates have the very best chance of passing the ICIR exam.

The modules focus on the more theoretical elements of the ICIR syllabus, where most value can be added by the online learning process: Companies & Regulation; Regulatory Environment; and Accounting, Valuation & Investment Principles

The other sections of the ICIR syllabus should be covered by using the study guide. At the end of each online module there will be multiple choice questions to answer.

Details of the qualification

The qualification is for everyone working in investor relations or considering a move into investor relations, either in Singapore, the UK or overseas.

The qualification is assessed by a one-hour examination comprising 60 multiple-choice questions, based on the topics set out in the syllabus.

Candidates are advised to spend at least 50 hours of studying time, in additional to practicing the mock exam, to prepare for the final exam.

Candidates who passed the examination will be awarded the Certification jointly issued and recognised by both the IRPAS and IR Society UK.


1. The Principles of Investor Relations
1.1 Introduction to IR
1.2 Why companies need IR
1.3 What makes a successful IR function
1.4 The scope of IR

2. Financial Markets
2.1 Global financial markets
2.2 How do equity markets or stock markets work
2.3 Equity investors
2.4 Debt investors

3. Companies & Regulation
3.1 Limited companies
3.2 Companies Acts
3.3 Statutory reporting & financial reporting calendar

4. Regulatory Environment
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Market abuse
4.3 Listing rules
4.4 The disclosure rules and transparency
4.5 Corporate governance
4.6 Takeover rules
4.7 Periodic financial reporting
4.8 Regulatory announcements
4.9 Summary of the United States (US)

5. Accounting Valuation and Investment Principles
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Time value of money
5.3 Valuation models and measures
5.4 Portfolio theory
5.5 Accounts
5.6 Key financial ratios

6. Effective IR In Practice
6.1 The IR audiences
6.2 IR advisors
6.3 Internal relationships
6.4 Knowing your shareholders
6.5 Understanding disclosure obligations
6.6 Communications tools and techniques
6.7 The day-to-day business of IR
6.8 Measuring the value of IR

Course/Registration Fees
S$1,500.00 (non-members), S$1,100 (members)

IRPAS Members Benefits
S$400.00 off course fees for all IRPAS Members

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ICIR Brochure – April 2020

Important Notes

  • Following registration, if a candidate is subsequently unable to make the exam they must inform IRPAS in writing by two weeks prior to the commencement of the examination. If two weeks written notice is received by IRPAS, a candidate will be allowed to delay the exam until the next sitting, subject to payment of an administration fee of $100.00 nett. If less than two weeks written notice is received by IRPAS, a candidate will be allowed to delay the exam until the next sitting, subject to payment of an administration fee of $200.00 nett.
  • If a candidate fails the exam and decides to retake, an administration fee of $100.00 nett will also be charged for each re-sit, up to a maximum of three times including the first sitting. If a candidate needs to take the exam more than three times they will be required to re-register and receive an updated set of study notes.

Course Fees and Payment Terms

  • CHEQUE: Made payable to Investor Relations Professionals Association (Singapore) Limited and mail to Secretariat, Investor Relations Professionals Association (Singapore) Limited:
    6 Eu Tong Sen Street #05-07, Singapore 059817

For Telegraphic Transfer (bank fees payable by sender):
Account Name: Investor Relations Professionals Association (Singapore) Limited
Account Number: 350-369-129-7
Currency: SGD
Bank Name: United Overseas Bank Limited
Bank / Branch Code: 7375 / 001 (Main)
Bank Address: 80 Raffles Place, UOB Plaza Singapore 048624
Please allow 2 weeks from the time payment is received for processing.

  • Fees are refundable only in the event that IRPAS cancels the course(s) for unforeseen reasons


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