SIILK Initiative: Sustainable Investing Certificates and Stand Alone Courses

Compiled below is a list of resources to expand your knowledge around sustainable investing. These foundational courses are available for students looking to expand their knowledge around socially responsible investing as well as use some of these certifications for the purpose of career development. Upon completion of any of these modules, students will understand how sustainable finance can be used as a tool to steer the sustainability transition.

Institution Name of Program Cost Overview of Program Certification


Sustainable Investing: An Online Course For Individual Investors Free Free online course for individual investors who want to learn the basics of sustainable investing and how to align their portfolios to address their social and environmental priorities. N/A
US SIF Fundamentals of Sustainable and Impact Investing Mem. $200
Non $250
Live or Online. Completion of the course results in a better understanding of this industry and qualifies for continuing education credits (3 hours for CFP® Board and various other industry designations)
CFA Certificate in ESG Investing $675 Offers both practical application and technical knowledge in the field of ESG investing — an opportunity to both accelerate progress and demonstrate purpose.  
PRI Academy Getting Started in RI $330 Introduction to RI and new ideas to traditional investment methods (2-3hr course, 3 CE hours)
PRI Academy Foundations in RI $845 Explores key principles of RI, makes use of real case studies to demonstrate ESG issues in business and classifies methods for integrating sustainability data into financial models (12-14hr course, 10 CE hours)
PRI Academy Advanced RI Analysis $920 Directed for Investment professionals, this course introduces skills that help identify new value drivers in financial analysis and applies realistic tools for modelling and stock valuation (6-8 hr course, 6 CE hours)
PRI Academy RI for Trustees $160 Trustees will walk away with the knowledge as to why sustainability issues are important to pension funds, develop RI strategies that align with their fund’s objective, and pinpoint the relationship between ESG analysis and investment decisions (90-120 minutes)
Chartered SRI Counselor CSRIC Professional Designation Program $1,300 int.
$95 annually
Designed for advanced financial advisors who want to gain foundational knowledge and advice for best practices with their clients concerning SRI (require renewal 16 hr CE/2yrs ) Upon graduation, designee earns 3 Credit hrs toward MS degree in Financial Planning
IFF Sustainable Investing Training course $3,000 2 day training course in Central London with its purpose being to identify, structure and finance lucrative SI investments 40 CPD points
IFF ESG Training course $1,550 1 day training course in London introducing the impact of ESG in investment including true illustrations of ESG and SRI practice CDP certified
NYU Stern Sustainable Finance and ESG Investing $3,800 4 day online course designed for students with a background in finance to develop skills to identify and accelerate innovation by analyzing ESG impacts and outcomes
NYU Stern Corporate Sustainability $1,936
Orig. $2,200
14 week pass/ fail program, 8-10 hrs per week N/A
NYU Stern Sustainability Training for Business Leaders $3,800 This 2 day course assists executives in developing the knowledge, skills, and perspective to understand and address ESG challenges and build companies that meet the needs of society
Concordia SI Professional Certification Self Paced $1950

The SIPC is designed for those who have a keen desire to learn and implement sustainability programs. Applicants should have some knowledge of accounting, finance and/or investments. Offers both online self paced and virtual mentored options.
Sustainable Investing Curriculum $595 This program provides an intermediate-level overview of sustainable investing, key concepts and approaches,
examination of common misconceptions,
intro to ESG factor analysis and where it fits with traditional investment analysis.
SASB Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting Credential Level 1 Mem. $400
Non. $450
The principles of SRI. (25 hr study exam prep material) FSA Credit
SASB Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting Credential Level 2 Mem. $500
Non. $650
The application of SRI. (25 Hr study exam prep material) FSA Credit

Erasmus University Rotterdam


~17 hours to complete, all online.

At the end of this course, you will understand how sustainable finance can be used as a tool to steer the sustainability transition.


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