Interactive Data Sponsors First In-depth Training Course for Fisd Professional Certification

London - 29 June 2010

Candidates prepare for the Financial Information Associate certification

Interactive Data Corporation (NYSE: IDC), a leading provider of financial market data, analytics and related solutions, today announced that it will be sponsoring the first comprehensive training course for candidates preparing for the FISD Professional Certification. The three-day course, which aims to consolidate the knowledge base of the participants, will be held at Interactive Data’s offices in London on 13-15 July. The course leader will be John Best, principal consultant of Kendale Systems and Services Ltd. 12 delegates will be taking part in this initial course.

The ‘Financial Information Associate’ (FIA) certification is the first formal and industry-recognised professional accreditation for practitioners in the global electronic financial information industry. It encompasses areas such as real-time financial data, reference data, enterprise data management, news and commentary. The first level certification is designed for candidates who are relatively new to their chosen careers, with around one to three years of professional experience.

The syllabus was developed in consultation with senior and experienced practitioners from user firms, vendors and exchanges in the market data and reference data industries, and is constructed around four core subject groupings: "The Markets", "The Data", "The Technology", and "Issues and Trends". FISD has liaised closely with a number of independent training organisations, which will offer courses or resources designed to provide access to the knowledge set required to pass the examination.

Tom Davin, managing director of FISD, said: "The FIA certification is the first formal accreditation for market and reference data practitioners and will only be awarded to those who pass the newly formulated examination. It offers those working in the industry the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and skills that they have developed in order to make them even more valuable to their employees and to the industry as a whole.”

“Interactive Data is very supportive of this FISD initiative and we believe that the FIA certification will provide valuable recognition and help establish the credentials of successful candidates in the financial information industry," added Andrew McLean, vice president, Third Party Content, Interactive Data. "We are delighted to sponsor this first three-day course, which covers the full syllabus developed by the FISD. We believe that the industry needed a comprehensive training course in order to help candidates bring together their industry knowledge and experience, and develop a broader understanding of the financial markets.”

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