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Columbia IEOR and Academy of Certified Portfolio Managers Deliver the Certified Portfolio Manager Designation.

The Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR) Department at Columbia University was pleased to host theAcademy of Certified Portfolio Managers (ACPM) annually on campus. The IEOR Department continues to collaborate with ACPM to deliver the curriculum of the CERTIFIED PORTFOLIO MANAGERTM (CPM®) certification.

To attain the CPM® certification, ACPM members are required to complete two components of the CPM® program. First, they complete 195 hours of independent study (Module Descriptions). They then attend a week-long residential program hosted by the IEOR Department at Columbia University. The coursework includes the study of the theory and practice of asset pricing, asset management, risk management, hedge fund management, corporate finance, fixed income analysis and foreign exchange. The CPM® designation is industry-wide recognized, now in its seventh year. 

"Our goal with this designation is two-fold," said Michael Ross, president of ACPM and one of the individuals instrumental in developing this program. "First, we desired to have a professional designation that institutional and public investors could recognize as a commitment to the disciplines needed to successfully manage money. Second, we wanted to create a program that could help successfully train the next generation of portfolio managers."  Previous president Jerrold Tepper, adds, "After several years of discussions about this new designation, we at PMI are especially proud of bringing this concept to fruition."  Both Tepper and Ross participated and graduated with the first class of CPM®'s. "I am enjoying this process immensely," added Tepper. "It is a great privilege to participate and help pioneer the process of establishing these credentials industry-wide."

The IEOR Department is also very pleased to be participating in this one of a kind program. "At Columbia, we have a deep expertise in quantitative securities analysis and portfolio management, and we are delighted to incorporate this knowledge into a curriculum for professionals who are currently practicing portfolio management," said Dr. Soulaymane Kachani, Professor and Vice Dean of Columbia Engineering.