All Aboard the Training Train

Data practitioners have long bemoaned the lack of professional training and standards around data management—especially for those who may unwittingly incur expensive penalties if they don’t abide by licensing policies. Now that industry association-backed training and certification courses are emerging, will the industry use them? Max Bowie talks to some of the key players in this space.

One of the drivers of change has been industry association FISD’s Financial Information Associate (FIA) certification program, which validates a candidate’s existing knowledge, and which has resulted in professional trainers creating a number of structured training courses around market and reference data issues to prepare candidates for the FIA exam—a 100-question multiple choice paper.

The FIA exam has been around since 2013, but FISD has just completed the first in a series of planned “Level

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