The prerequisites are essential in order to fully benefit from the PCBS core curriculum. It is our intent to help every candidate for PCBS be fully prepared for success, receive maximum benefit from the coursework, and contribute to the learning environment. The prerequisite standards help optimize use of classroom time and ensure that learning and discussion are occurring at the highest possible levels. The instructors presume that participants have the introductory material (terms and theory) for the following areas:
- Financial Statement Analysis & Accounting
- Corporate Finance
- Economics & Bank Financial Markets
Prerequisites can be met in one of two ways: Either the candidate has completed or will complete (prior to the session) post-secondary coursework directly related to the prerequisite category (most common), or the candidate has had sufficient career experience to understand the concepts and provides a detailed, written description and explanation of such exposure and experience. If a candidate has a knowledge gap in a particular area, additional course recommendations may be made to the student during the acceptance process. PCBS offers a variety of webinars at additional cost to meet these needs. It is not our intent to have candidates take redundant coursework just to ensure that they meet any prerequisite. It is our experience that, with full explanation as to why the prerequisites exist, candidates make the appropriate decisions about their level of qualifications to attend PCBS. Candidates who have taken the recommended coursework before attending PCBS have told us that they were glad they did so.