For those wanting to get ahead in the risk management sector, acquiring a professional qualification can be a key factor. Bodies including the Association of Insurance and Risk Managers (AIRMIC), the Institute of Risk Managers (IRM) and the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) run training qualifications for risk managers.<br /><br />GARP&rsquo;s Financial Risk Manager (FRM) certificate has become the benchmark qualification for those risk managers in the financial sector, and has seen a surge of applicants in the past year.<br /><br />The FRM syllabus has actually been expanded in response to the new demands being placed on the profession in the wake of the credit crunch. In order to gain the FRM qualification, applicants must pass exams at two levels, which from this autumn will take place in November and May each year.<br /><br />The syllabus, training for which is provided by BPP in London, covers the principal areas of financial risk management &ndash; credit, operational, market and integrated risk management &ndash; and includes subjects such as quantitative methods, capital markets, investment management and hedge fund risk.<br /><br />For more information visit