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Expert Research & Instruction via Video

During my over 22-years in the investment funds world, I had not really been exposed much to to alternatives, apart from a very dense programme of self-imposed PE & RE trainings. I assumed that the FAI programme would give me, if not a substantial culture, at least the basics of that universe. Beside reviewing the partially-known areas (overview, PE, RE), it proved indeed very interesting for me to discover the new ones (hedge funds, other real assets, commodities, CDS and CDOs). I would hence thoroughly recommend this course.

Thierry Logier
Certified Independent Fund Director

Eddie Deschapelles
Managing Director, Americas, 

Aspect Capital Inc. 
Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University

I found the Fundamentals program to be an incredibly useful and flexible framework to teach the alternatives asset class to my honors and graduate students at Georgetown. Using the slides and content as the backbone of my curriculum, I was able to supplement the program with case studies, presentations, and guest speakers rounding it out to an excellent, robust course.

Why Fundamentals?

  • Access: Presented in an engaging, conversational video format
  • Flexibility: Learn on your own time. 20 one-hour modules online, plus two bonus modules on liquid alts and private credit
  • Accountability: A quiz requiring 70% proficiency at the end of each module confirms your understanding
  • Knowledge: Created and taught by CAIA's alternative investment experts
  • Coverage: Your guide to the core concepts in alternative investments

10 Question Quiz After Each Module

Certificate Awarded Upon Completion

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Continuing Education Credits Offered

Participation in the CAIA Fundamentals program is a requirement for Salient's sales and marketing complex. We think the curriculum provides a vital foundation in alternative investments knowledge to more meaningfully engage with and support clients. In just 20 hours, CAIA Fundamentals tackles all the key areas of alternative investments.

Nicholas Millikan, CFA, CAIA
Head of Investment Strategy
Salient Partners

CE credits earned for CIMA, CIMC, CPWA and CFP designations, CISI qualification, IIROC, and NASBA


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The Fundamentals program was a comprehensive introduction to the Alternatives industry. It gave me the big picture of its main product types and offered insights valuable for understanding and comparing their different investment opportunities. I would recommend this course for anyone who is interested in exploring the asset class but does not know where to begin.

Rachel Choi, Associate

Special Student Rate Available

CAIA's Fundamentals of Alternative Investments certificate program supplements your knowledge with a solid foundation in private equity, liquid alts, real assets and more.