To represent yourself an as active CIM® in good standing - and to uphold the prestige of your letters - you must renew your designation annually.

All CIM®s must renew their designation by their anniversary date (the date the designation was originally granted). You will receive reminders 4 weeks and 1 week prior to your deadline.


Continuing Education

The world we work and live in is constantly evolving. As a financial advisor and portfolio manager it is critical that you commit to lifelong learning and have a handle on the trends and issues that affect your industry - and, most importantly, your clients.

The CE cycle and hours of CE required for a CIM® holder have been aligned to the IIROC requirements. However, CE content requirements for the CIM® designation holder must align with the CIM® competency profile and CE guidelines as posted by CSI.

CE is to be completed based upon a 2-year cycle beginning January 1, 2020 and ending December 31, 2021. CIM® holders are required to complete 20 hours in professional development and 10 hours in compliance during this cycle.

If you earn your CIM® in the first year of the IIROC CE cycle (2020), you must complete your CE requirements by December 31, 2021

If you receive your CIM® in the second year of the IIROC CE cycle (2021), you're subject to CE requirements starting (starting January 1, 2022)

For further information on the changes to the CIM® CE requirements to align with IIROC please refer to this document


  • Code of Ethics
  • Trademark
  • Licence
    • CIM®s are required to pay a non-refundable licence fee of $325 each year. The licence fee goes towards your trademark rights, benefits from CSI and promotion of the value of your designation to the industry and the investing public.

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Qualifying Activity Providers

Courses can be taken from CSI or other external providers (e.g., community colleges, universities, other professional education providers or in-house at your employer). It is up to you/your employer to determine if a course meets CSI's CIM® CE Course Guidelines.


Designation holders who do not renew will be deemed to be "not in good standing." You will receive a letter stating that you are no longer eligible to use the CIM® trademarks. If you continue to use the trademarks, then legal action may be taken.
You will also be removed from CIM® Directory.


If you are late with your renewal, but not past 12 months of your renewal date, you will be required to pay a late fee of $50 in addition to standard annual licence fee.

If you have not renewed within 12 months of your license renewal date, you will be required to pay a late fee of $50, a reinstatement fee of $325 and the standard annual licence renewal fee of $325. You will also be asked to prove completion of your CE requirements for all the cycles of non-renewal. This will require you to submit transcripts showing course completion dates as well as course outlines.

CIM®s are given the opportunity to reactivate their licence after a lapse of up to 5 years. If your designation has lapsed for more than 5 years, you will be required to re-take and successfully complete the Portfolio Management Techniques course and meet the work experience requirement.

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