Kaplan Creates Course for Financial Data Professional Institute to Help Working Professionals Earn their Credential

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New York, NY (September 14, 2020) – Kaplan, the world leader in educational services, has created a preparation (prep) course for the Financial Data Professional Institute, which educates financial professionals about the emerging field of data science and its practical applications in the financial sector. The prep course is intended to help candidates earn the Financial Data Professional (FDP) credential, which reflects expertise in the intersections between data science and finance. The FDPI was created in 2019 by the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association, a global professional credentialing body dedicated to creating greater alignment, transparency, and knowledge for all investors, with a specific emphasis on alternative investments.

The live, online prep course will feature four 3-hour sessions delivered over the evenings of October 5-8 and will be taught by Dr. Javed Ahmed. With experience in banking, finance, forecasting, risk management, consulting, policy, and behavioral economics, Javed has led development of analytic applications for large organizations including Amazon and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, and has served as a researcher with the Office of Financial Research (U.S. Treasury). The FDP Charter will be granted by the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association to individuals who successfully complete prerequisite requirements and pass the high-stakes exam focused on big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning applications in the financial industry. All pre-course sessions will be recorded to allow students to review them at any time until the day of their test. Unlike some other online course options available, the Financial Data Professional Charter review prep course allows for engagement with the instructor and other students. These prep courses are  intended to augment the 200 hours of expected preparation for the exam.

According to reporting by Bloomberg and data from LinkedIn, job listings requiring data science skills in the financial industry increased nearly 60% last year. 

“The importance of having strong data science knowledge among those working in the financial sector has never been greater. For financial professionals to succeed in their current job and also have the opportunity to advance in their career tracks, having these data science skills along with the credential can be invaluable,” said Dr. Ahmed. “We are excited to work with the Financial Data Professional Institute to help their students pass the exam and look forward to launching the prep course in October.”

“The pace of digital transformation has accelerated and at its core, mass scale adoption of AI and data science is driving the future of financial services. The FDP Charterholders have the skills and tool sets to enable the application of data science in finance,” said Mehrzad Mahdavi, PhD, executive director of FDP Institute. “We are delighted to have Kaplan provide the prep course to augment the FDP curriculum. This combination will provide candidates with a rich set of practical training material.”

To help prospective students decide if the course is right for them and to explain the essentials for people at various job-levels to know about data science, Kaplan and FDP are holding a free webinar on September 24 at 1 PM. To register, visit https://caia.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_b2rGNFvjQhKZIkgJm-FEmA.

To enroll in the course, visit https://www.kaptest.com/financial-data-professional-review.

To speak with a Kaplan spokesperson about data and analytics training, please contact Russell Schaffer at 917.822.8190 or russell.schaffer@kaplan.com

About Kaplan

Kaplan provides individuals, universities, and businesses a broad array of educational services, including higher and professional education, test preparation, language training, corporate and leadership training, and student recruitment, online enablement and other university support services. With operations in nearly 30 countries, Kaplan serves nearly 1.1 million students each year and has partnerships with 2,000-plus universities, colleges, and schools/school districts, and more than 4,000 businesses globally. Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC). For more information, please visit www.kaplan.com.

About the Financial Data Professional Institute

The FDP Institute educates financial professionals about the emerging field of data science and its practical applications in the financial sector. It awards the FDP Charter to candidates who complete its exam successfully. The FDP curriculum prepares professionals to gain deeper knowledge of data science and its use. For more information, please visit www.fdpinstitute.org

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