AIFMD Awareness

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    EN, NL

The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFM) is a European directive. The AIFMD has been in force since 2013 and aims to harmonise European regulations for alternative investment funds, AIFs. Under the AIFMD, investment fund managers require an AIFMD license to manage or market one or more alternative investment funds. In this e-learning we will discuss in outline what entities require an AIFMD license and which licensing and ongoing requirements apply.

Target audience

This awareness e-learning is relevant to all professionals who (will) have to meet the legal requirements imposed on alternative investment funds.

Contrary to what the ‘A’ of ‘alternative’ might suggest, the scope of the AIFM Directive is broad. The AIFMD applies to all managers of investment funds that do not qualify as UCITS, unless there is an exemption. It does not matter what they invest in.

After finishing the e-learning, you will know when an investment fund manager requires an AIFMD license and what requirements have to be met to obtain and retain the license.

Education level

This e-learning is a course at HBO (higher vocational education) level. We assume that participants already have some prior knowledge of fund management. For those who want to brush up their knowledge in this area, the training contains an appendix with information about investing and investment funds in general.


This course will teach you the broad outlines of the AIFMD, the regulation of alternative investment funds. In this e-learning we will discuss:

  • the scope of the AIFMD (difference with UCITS, regimes and activities);
  • the licensing requirements (minimum capital, management and integrity, remuneration policy, etc.);
  • the ongoing requirements (risk management, liquidity management, transparency, etc.); and
  • the requirements from the Wwft/Sanctions Act and SFDR.

After the e-learning, you will know what requirements have to be met to obtain and retain an AIFMD license.

Course content

Open questions and practice test

Using a number of open questions with standardised answers, you will learn to apply the main rulers of the AIFMD in simple practical situations. The questions of the practice test are representative for the final test and help you to determine whether you have mastered the material sufficiently.


  • Introduction AIFMD
    • Scope
    • License requirements
    • Ongoing requirements
  • Other requirements
    • Wwft and Sanctions Act
    • SFDR
  • Appendix: Investments*
    • Financial services
    • Financial instruments
    • Investment institutions
    • Summary of financial instruments
    • Securities trading
    • Portfolio design
    • Performance measurement
    • Client classification and disclosure requirements

*As an appendix to this course you will find a theory section about investing and investment funds in general. The purpose of this section is to brush up your investment knowledge if necessary. The appendix is not part of the test.

AIFMD Awareness Test

You will complete this course with a test in the learning environment. You can also take resits in the learning environment.

Certificate AIFMD Awareness

After passing the test, you can download your personal certificate from the learning environment.

Study duration

You can follow this Awareness training in our online learning environment, wherever and whenever it suits you.The training takes between two and three hours to finish, depending on your prior knowledge about the subject.


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What our participants say

”A very useful course in preparation for applying for an AFM licence. We now have a better understanding of what to expect and what we need to comply with.”

”Clear and concise course. Well written, clearly by someone with expertise. The theory did not take too long to get through, would definitely recommend.”

Why this AIFMD Awareness e-learning?

  • Immediate insight into the requirements deriving from an AIFMD license
  • Developed by specialists of Projective Group
  • Flexible learning whenever and wherever you want
  • Practice cases with open questions that teach you to apply the material
  • A practice test to prepare you for the final test

Personal advice

Interested in a hands-on training course that your employees will enjoy? Please feel free to contact us for more information about the possibilities.


Do you offer tailor-made courses?

We think our courses should have practical relevance for all participants. We are happy to adapt our standard programs, so that they fit in with what is going on in your organization. You can personalize content or create a combination of subjects from different DSI programs. Read more about tour tailor-made solutions.

How can I follow the courses?

Our courses are easily accessible, both online and through the app of aNewSpring. You can study wherever and whenever you want.

Wealso offer ‘blended learning’ programs, in which we combine the benefits of in-class and online learning.

How can I sign up for a course?

The Ministry of Compliance distinguishes between individual registrations and registrations on behalf of an organization. As an individual, you can sign up through the website. Just click the ‘register’ button and you can get started right away.

Organizations that want to register several employees at once can get in touch with us. We will make sure your employees can get started as soon as possible.

What about reporting?

Demonstrable professional competence requires good reporting. That is why you can easily create and export reports within our online learning environment via a free accessible dashboard. As an individual participant you can keep track of your own progress. As an organization you can also appoint a contact person who has insight into the progress reports of the entire group of participants.

Who is behind The Ministry of Compliance?

The Ministry of Compliance is an initiative of Projective Group, specialists in financial laws and regulations. Our courses are developed by experienced consultants, supplemented with knowledge from external experts.


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