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London, New York..........Reading - ICMA Centre Expands Executive Education Courses

Release Date 06 December 2006

The University of Reading's ICMA Centre is to offer distance learning on one of its most successful courses.

The Professional Risk Manager (PRM) examinations – the certification programme for the Professional Risk Manager's International Association (PRMIA) in collaboration with 7city Learning – have been running in London since January 2006 and have had a huge take up, largely thanks to the live streaming over the internet, making the course available worldwide.

Candidates in more than 90 countries are actively pursuing the PRM, more than any other risk certification programme globally. With PRMIA members in more than 155 countries, the PRM is also the most broadly recognised qualification for risk managers and is the only one to have received public endorsements from several leading firms.

Now, working with PRMIA, a distance learning option will be offered, including studio-filmed lectures, animated Excel demonstrations, worked examples and self-assessment/diagnostic tests to prepare professionals for taking the PRM exams.

Professor Carol Alexander, Chair of Risk Management and Director of Research at the ICMA Centre, said: "The PRM certification programme has been developed in close consultation with leading industry players to help meet the growing demand for properly qualified professional risk managers in banks, asset managers, corporates and regulatory bodies. This development is part of our ongoing expansion of PRM training. Our candidates are now able to choose between classroom-based lectures, live streaming or studio recorded lectures."

The ICMA Centre and 7city Learning are also planning to offer classroom-based lectures in New York starting in April 2007.

A demonstration of the system is available by clicking this link

The move further enhances ICMA's position as a world-leader in the teaching of those who want to pursue a career in the highly-competitive field of financial trading. It comes just a few weeks after further investment in the centre was announced, with an extension and a refurbishment to improve facilities.


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More information about ICMA:

The International Capital Market Association (ICMA) is the self-regulatory organisation and trade association for the international securities market. Its primary role is to oversee the fast-changing marketplace through the issuing of rules and recommendations relating to trading and settlement practices. ICMA currently has over 400 members in almost 50 countries and has a proven track record in representing their interests. In addition to its regulatory role, ICMA also provides its member firms - and other users - with a range of services, products and support.

About the University of Reading:

The University of Reading is one of the foremost research-led universities in the UK. Founded in the nineteenth century and gaining a Royal Charter in 1926, we offer a wide range of programmes from the pure and applied sciences to languages, social sciences and fine art. New research and the latest thinking continually feed into undergraduate teaching, with our academic staff working at the forefront of their fields of expertise.

About 7city Learning:

Based in London and New York and teaching over 15,000 delegates a year, 7city creates and delivers leading edge training solutions to financial industry professionals, offering the best in online support, customer service, teaching, course content and materials. The PRM™ programme is just one of the qualifications that 7city's expert tutors train towards, with each training solution uniquely designed to increase professional skills, improve performance and ensure the most effective and flexible approach to enhancing financial knowledge.

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