Professional Associations


UCLA Extension’s Department of Business, Management, and Legal Programs has developed strong relationships with local professional associations and industry groups. These organizations play a vital role in the ever-evolving discipline of finance & investments and provide a forum for their members to network with professionals in the field. Many professional associations also have local chapters and offer discounted student membership rates.

CFA Institute
With more than 90,000 voting members and 136 societies worldwide, CFA Institute is the global, not-for-profit association of investment professionals that awards the CFA and CIPM designations.

Association for Financial Professionals
The Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) serves a network of more than 16,000 treasury and finance professionals and is a global resource and advocate for the finance profession.

Financial Management Association
The Financial Management Association International (FMA) is the global leader in developing and disseminating knowledge about financial decision making.  Serving the global finance community, FMA’s members include academicians and practitioners worldwide.

Global Association of Risk Professionals
The Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP), membership organization of over 100,000 individuals, is the only worldwide organization offering comprehensive risk management certification, training and educational programs.

Investment Management Consultants Association
Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA) was established in 1985 to deliver the premier investment consulting and wealth management credentials (CIMA/ CPWA®) and world-class educational offerings.

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) brings together the shared interests of hundreds of securities firms, banks, and asset managers.

Institute of Management Accountants
With a network of about 60,000 professionals, the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA®) is the world’s leading organization dedicated to empowering management accounting and finance professionals to drive business performance.

American Bankers Association
Founded in 1875, the American Bankers Association (ABA) represents banks of all sizes and charters and is the voice for the nation’s $13 trillion banking industry and its 2 million employees and marshals the talent, energy and perspectives of its members to bring about positive change.

California Bankers Association
As one of the largest state banking trade associations and one of the largest state trade associations in the country, CBA has a long and proud history of providing its member institutions with the tools and resources to succeed in California’s dynamic banking marketplace.


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