Certifications and awards

Getting Started in Responsible Investing

The course explores the key principles of responsible investment, uses real life case studies to illustrate the materiality of ESG issues in business, and introduces strategies for identifying and managing new approaches to ESG.

Foundations in Responsible Investing

Focused on identifying and incorporating ESG factors in investment decision making, this course is recognised as the international gold standard for ESG training.

Advanced Responsible Investing Analysis

Advanced Responsible Investment Analysis is the first advanced course to be released by the PRI Academy. The course explores and examines the use of sustainability data in fundamental investment analysis and stock valuation. The course takes six to eight hours to complete, working through a series of topics that help to identify the critical ESG issues relevant to sustainability performance, key value drivers, and overall financial outcomes.

Other Examining Bodies

CFA ESG Certification

The CFA Certificate in ESG Investing is a level 4 qualification which covers the skills required by investment professionals to integrate ESG factors (environmental, social and governance) into the investment process. 

It was the first qualification of its kind in the UK, was developed by ESG investment professionals and is recognised by most asset managers, investment managers and financial advisers.

CFA Climate & Investing Certification

The CFA UK Certificate in Climate and Investing is a Level 4 qualification which delivers the knowledge and skills required by investment professionals to understand climate as it relates to investing and how to integrate climate change considerations into the investment process. 

The first climate qualification in the UK designed specifically by investment practitioners for investment practitioners.


International Association for Sustainable Economy (IASE)

The accreditation, International Sustainable Finance, is aimed at individuals in the financial sector such as those working in banking, insurance, savings banks and microfinance sector.

Fitch Learning ESG Fundamentals Certificate

This digital certificate is designed to provide candidates with the necessary knowledge and understanding to comprehend ESG topics in the context they are working in. This is suitable for all roles within financial services organisations that require a fundamental understanding of ESG Investing.

CISI Green & Sustainable Finance Certificate 

The Green and Sustainable Finance Certificate was launched by the Chartered Banker Institute as the first global, benchmark qualification for the green finance sector. It has been updated for 2020 to encompass broader aspects of sustainability, aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

EFFAS Certified ESG Analyst (CESGA)

The EFFAS CESGA programme is a comprehensive tool aimed at financial analysts and portfolio managers who want to integrate ESG data in their capital allocation processes.

The programme provides a deep background on:

  • ESG Data:
  • ESG Reporting and Regulation
  • Global social and environmental challenges
  • Regulatory and reputational risks.