The Investment Operations Certificate (IOC), organised by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI), is a practitioner-led programme for administration and operations staff. It equips individuals with an overview of the financial services industry and its regulation as well as providing a detailed picture of their particular industry sector. The IOC will be of significant value to individuals working in, or aspiring to work in, administration or operations areas of financial services firms.

The HKSI Institute is responsible to handle the enrolment of the IOC examinations in Hong Kong.  The IOC examinations is held at the Prometric Test Centre at the San Po Kong Sub-Office of the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA).


There are no prerequisites for enrolling in the examinations for all units of IOC.

Examination Details and Fee

For the current examination syllabus, please refer to CISI website.

Study Support

CISI produces comprehensive syllabus-based workbooks for all IOC units. Candidate will receive a softcopy and a hardcopy of the workbook within 3 weeks of the Examination Confirmation Email. Each workbook contains: 

  • a syllabus learning map
  • revision questions
  • sample multiple choice questions
  • clear explanations, graphics and tables
  • a comprehensive glossary
  • a workbook plan
  • a free pocket prompt

All technical units in the IOC have been recognised by the Financial Services Skills Council as Appropriate Examinations for many of the Financial Services Authority of the UK overseeing activities.