October 25th, 2016

Case study: Practical training for the real world

Featured student: Ella Arsenault

IFSE course: Officers’, Partners’, and Directors’ Course (OPD)

As the financial services industry places increasing emphasis on corporate governance and compliance, the Officers’, Partners’, and Directors’ Course (OPD) has become more relevant and important than ever.

The OPD helps meet the proficiency requirement that chief compliance officers must satisfy. This course focuses on key topics such as suitability rules, ethics, “Know Your Client” requirements and risk management procedures. Exempt market dealers and portfolio managers are also among those who typically pursue the OPD.

In the case of Ella Arsenault, she’s a branch manager and compliance officer at a financial services firm. Now having the specialist knowledge that comes with successfully completing the OPD, she also fulfills the critical role as the back-up to her company’s chief compliance officer.

Ella’s advice for other students taking the OPD

“Be sure to do the test questions, as they help you learn the material. If you don’t know the answer to a question, don’t just guess because you’ll likely be wrong. Go back to the course content.”

How has the OPD helped Ella in her day-to-day job?

Find out now by reading Ella’s case study.

IFSE’s courses can make a meaningful difference in your career

Students often thank us for equipping them with the confidence, expertise and (where applicable) academic accreditation to advance in their careers. We love hearing from our students and thought it would be useful to highlight some of them and the career success they’ve been able to achieve, in part by completing our courses.

We have put together a series of short case studies featuring real-life students who have gained a competitive advantage in the workplace through their IFSE education. We hope you enjoy these case studies and can get a better sense of how IFSE’s practical, comprehensive courses can help you develop in your own career.