IT in Investment Operations

IT in Investment Operations

Level 3 Award in IT in Investment Operations

Why study the IT in Investment Operations (ITIO)?

ITIO has been developed for IT staff working in financial services, who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of IT needs specific to the financial services arena. The securities sector is dependent on technology and this qualification aims to address the challenges of managing IT systems and covers best practice techniques used in the profession.

Is ITIO right for me?

ITIO is suitable for staff working in IT within the financial services sector. It may also be of interest to those who are new to, or hoping to move into, financial services.

Key features:

  • Specialist qualification – developed specifically for IT staff working in the securities and investment professions, it provides a comprehensive overview of the role of IT in front office and operations departments
  • Flexible study options – it can be taken as a stand-alone award, as part of the Investment Operations Certificate (IOC) or combined with the new qualification Managing Cyber Security leading to the Level 3 Certificate in Cyber Security and Information Technology in Investment Operations
  • Ideal for induction purposes – suited for use as part of an induction programme for IT staff it can provide knowledge of financial terminology and improve understanding and communication between IT and other teams
  • Free CISI Student membership – become associated with a chartered professional body and take advantage of an extensive range of benefits

Qualification Structure:

The qualification is achieved by successfully passing a multiple-choice question exam, details for this exam are shown below.

IT in Investment Operations is accredited by Ofqual as the level 3 Award for IT in Investment Operations. This qualification is recognised by Ofqual as a level 3 qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), and on the European Qualifications Framework, this equates to a level 4 qualification.The International Certificate in Wealth & Investment Management India is achieved by passing two, multiple-choice exams. Select an exam to view more details.

A stand-alone qualification as well as a technical unit within the Investment Operations Certificate (IOC) programme, this exam provides those engaged in IT with a broader understanding of the information technology needs of firms in the financial services sector.

Exam Details

This multiple choice question (MCQ) exam is computer based, consists of 50 questions and lasts 1 hour. We recommend a minimum of 80 hours study and upon successful completion you will be awarded 4 CPD hours. Your exam may contain 10% additional trial questions.

Exam Availability

Our CBT exams are available on demand via our global network of test centres, find your nearest test centre.
Re-sits: candidates may make a maximum of 6 attempts at the exam in any one year. Please see our Multiple Sittings Policy

Pass Mark / Pass Rate

The current pass rate for this exam is 55% and the pass mark is 70%. The exam grades are as follows:
Pass with merit (46 – 50 marks)
Pass (35 – 45 marks)
Marginal Fail (30 – 34 marks)
Fail (0 – 29 marks)


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Post Qualification Opportunities


Obtaining the IT in Investment Operations qualification entitles you to join the Institute at Affiliate 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.