The CBV Program of Studies provides the foundational education and training necessary to develop advanced CBV skills and expertise. Leading valuation knowledge prepares Students who will be in demand immediately – nationally and globally – as leaders at the top of the growing business valuation field. Cutting-edge curriculum evolves to stay at the forefront of business trends.

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Course Content & Delivery

All course materials are developed by CBV Institute, in conjunction with BV subject matter experts in their respective fields. Courses are led by instructors who are CBVs, delivered online via the Moodle learning platform, and hosted by York University where Students can access course notes, a discussion forum, previous exams, suggested solutions and other relevant information.

Course & Program Completion

At the end of each course, exams are written in either French or English.

Students typically complete the CBV Program of Studies in two years, though there is no set timeframe in which Students must complete the Program.

Registration Requirements

While there are no requirements for entry into the CBV Program of Studies, Students will be required to provide proof of a university degree from a post-secondary academic institution or university which has authority to grant degrees and is recognized by CBV Institute when applying for membership. Further information can be found here.

Students must complete a total of six courses (four mandatory, two elective) as part of the Program.

MANDATORY COURSES
Level I - Introductory Business Valuation
Level II - Intermediate Business Valuation
Level III - Advanced Business Valuation
Level IV - Special Topics in Business Valuation
ELECTIVE COURSES
Private Investments
Litigation Support in Business Valuation
Corporate Finance
Valuation for Financial Reporting

Courses are offered in three terms per year:
  • Winter Term (January – April)
  • Summer Term (May – August)
  • Fall Term (September – December)

Course Exemptions

The cost to receive a course exemption is $150/course, however university courses are exempted from this fee.

Completion of CFA Levels I, II, and III

CBV Institute will grant exemptions for the two elective courses in the Program of Studies to individuals who have passed the Level I, Level II and Level III exams of the Chartered Financial Analyst and are members in good standing.

Completion of CAIA Levels i and ii

CBV Institute will grant exemptions for the two elective courses in the Program of Studies to individuals who have passed the Level I and Level II of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) program of studies and are members in good standing.

CPA Canada designation holders

CPAs who have passed the CPA finance elective in the 2015 onward PEP program (or a university course for which CPA Canada has provided an exemption for this elective) are exempt from CBV Institute’s Level I course, with the successful completion of an online ethics and CBV Institute Practice Standards quiz.

CPAs who have completed the two-part Valuation for Financial Reporting (VFR) certificate which is jointly offered by CBV Institute and CPA Canada will receive an exemption from CBV Institute’s Valuation for Financial Reporting elective course.

University of Waterloo School of Accounting and Finance

Individuals who have completed the ACC 606 – Business Valuations course as part of their Master’s Degree in Accounting are exempt from the following courses in the CBV Institute Program of Studies:

  • Level I – Introductory Business Valuation
  • Level II – Intermediate Business Valuation

McMaster University Strategic Business Valuation (SBV) Specialization

Individuals in McMaster University’s Strategic Business Valuation (SBV) specialization program who successfully complete V700 (Strategic Business Valuation) and V704 (Advanced Strategic Business Valuation) may challenge CBV Institute exams for Level I (Introductory Business Valuation) and Level II (Intermediate Business Valuation).

International Institute of Business Valuators (IIBV)

Individuals who have passed iiBV 101 – Principles of Business Valuations and iiBV 102 – Income Approach and the International Cost of Capital are exempt from the following courses in the CBV Institute Program of Studies:

  • Level I – Introductory Business Valuation

Individuals who have passed iiBV 101 – Principles of Business Valuations, iiBV 102 Income Approach and the International Cost of Capital and iiBV 103 – Business Valuation Comprehensive Case Study are exempt from the following courses in the CBV Institute Program of Studies:

  • Level I – Introductory Business Valuation, and
  • Level II – Intermediate Business Valuation

For more information, please visit iiBV’s website.

American Society of Appraisers (ASA) Designation Holders

Individuals with an ASA-BV designation are exempt from the following courses in the CBV Institute Program of Studies:

  • Level I – Introductory Business Valuation, and
  • Level II – Intermediate Business Valuation

For more information, please visit ASA’s website.

Exams

Exams are written at the end of each course in the CBV Program of Studies. The exams consist of written case studies testing content covered in each course and are written in the Student’s location of choice (e.g. the Student’s home or office) using remote, live online proctoring provided by Examity.

Enrolment

Individuals can enrol online at cbvinstitute.com. To enrol in courses, you must first register and log in to your CBV Institute profile to continue. Don’t have a login? Your first step is to create your profile below.

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