Securities Operations Foundation Qualification (SOFQ)
International Capital Market Association
About the CPD course
The Securities Operations Foundation Qualification (SOFQ) is an introductory level programme intended for anyone entering a career in the securities operations area of the financial markets. The syllabus has been specifically designed to provide the essential information necessary for candidates to develop a thorough understanding of both the debt and equity markets and; in particular; securities operations concepts.
ICMA is a not-for-profit membership association, headquartered in Switzerland, that serves the needs of its wide range of member firms in global capital markets. As of March 2020, ICMA has around 600 members in 62 countries.
Among its members are private and public sector issuers, banks and securities houses, asset managers and other investors, capital market infrastructure providers, central banks, law firms and others.
Through its committees, ICMA brings together members from all sectors of the wholesale and retail debt securities markets to inform its work on regulatory and market practice issues, which impact all aspects of international market functioning. ICMA prioritises four core fixed income market areas – primary; secondary; repo and collateral; and green, social and sustainable.