Certified International Wealth Manager (CIWM)

The leading credential for wealth managers

How to Find a CIWM Holder?

Investors are invited to use this Directory to locate qualified wealth managers who have attained the CIWM designation.

When you hire an accredited CSI financial professional, you’re hiring an expert who has been trained by Canada’s most trusted and respected financial services education provider. Since it was established in 1970 as the Canadian Securities Institute, over three-quarters of a million financial professionals have chosen CSI for their career training and development.

Why Choose a CIWM Holder?

The needs of high-net-worth clients are complex. As wealth spreads across borders, we encounter a whole other layer of complexity. There’s no question about the benefit of working with a financial expert who can navigate all intricacies of wealth—here and abroad.

The Certified International Wealth Manager (CIWM) designation is the global standard for wealth management. Designed with extensive industry input, it ensures that those who earn the CIWM letters have the strategic and practical expertise that high-net-worth clients demand. A CIWM is a holistic thinker, connecting and managing every financial aspect of an affluent client’s life.

Those who choose to work with a CIWM can feel confident that their wealth is being effectively protected and primed for growth leading up to retirement and beyond. Not only do CIWMs provide clients with specialized service and financial advice, but they are also held to high professional standards. They are required to abide by a Code of Ethics and fulfil maintenance requirements to make sure they always bring their best to the table.

Public Complaints and Ethical Misconduct Process 

CSI has a responsibility to oversee the individuals who have been granted the CIWM designation. This oversight is carried out in the best interest of the public and the holders of the PFP® designation. 

All CIWM holders have attested to abide by the CIWM Code of Ethics Adherence to the Code and this Ethical Misconduct Process is mandatory. A breach of the Code of Ethics can result in disciplinary action. 

Allegations of violation of the CIWM Code of Ethics are dealt with by the Designation Ethics Committee according to the CSI Ethical Misconduct Process. If the Committee determines a violation occurred, a disciplinary sanction is recommended. 

Before filing a formal complaint with CSI, we strongly recommend trying to resolve the issue by speaking directly with the CIWM in question. Those who cannot come to a resolution are encouraged to send the complaint to CSI. Please do not send financial documents without removing any confidential or private information. 

Please send your complaint using the submission link below. This link is used to file a formal complaint against a CSI designation or fellowship holder in relation to professional behaviour and a possible breach of the Code of Ethics. All complaints must be submitted using this form online. CSI will not accept anonymous 

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What is the CIWM Competency Profile?

The CIWM Professional Competency Profile provides an overview of the responsibilities, skills, and knowledge unique to someone with the CIWM designation. It is the foundational document for the Certified International Wealth Manager (CIWM) designation that describes the required competencies (i.e., the knowledge, skills and abilities) of professionals awarded the designation.

The Competency Profile is the defining resource for what a wealth manager can and should do in practice. It is used to set the requirements for the pre-requisite education programs, the work experience component, the CIWM Certification Examination and continuing education requirements.

As the CIWM designation continues to progress to meet clients’ changing needs, employers, and most recently, regulators, CSI revises the Competency Profile every 5 years through an extensive consultative process involving various stakeholders.

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