Certificate Programs

New College offers short, intensive programs to gain certification in career-related skills.

Bloomberg Market Concepts (Bloomberg Certification)

Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC), also known as Bloomberg Certification, is a self-paced e-learning course that provides a visual introduction to financial markets and the core functionality of the Bloomberg terminal. It takes about 8 hours to complete and progress is saved automatically. After finishing BMC, Bloomberg provides a “Certificate of Completion”. BMC consists of 3 sections — Core Concepts (includes four modules – Economic Indicators, Currencies, Fixed Income, Equities), Getting Started on the Terminal and Portfolio Management. The sections are woven together from Bloomberg data, news, analytics and television.
BMC Modules and Subsections:

  1. Economic Indicators: The primacy of GDP; monitoring GDP; forecasting GDP.
  2. Currencies: Currency market mechanics; currency valuation; central banks and currencies; currency risk.
  3. Fixed Income: The roots of the bond market, bond valuation drivers; central bankers and interest rates; the yield curve and why it matters; movements in the yield curve.
  4. Equities: Introducing the stock market; the nature of equities; equity research; absolute valuation; relative valuation.
  5. Getting Started on the Terminal: Using the terminal; analyzing the market; exploring the equity market; discovering the fixed income market; building an equity portfolio.
  6. Portfolio Management: A new module focused on the portfolio command as a screening tool to analyze historical returns and risk metrics.

Chartered Financial Analyst  (CFA) Certification

New College has secured an official university affiliation with the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute, which allows students the opportunity to study from and take the CFA certification exam. The CFA is a professional association for investment management professionals. It has the highest level of international legal and regulatory recognition of finance-related qualifications. The CFA provides a curriculum for candidates to get certified, which can further confirm a candidate’s credentials. CFA Level 1 specifically certifies a candidate’s entry-level abilities to work in the financial analysis field. The CFA affiliation provides New College students free access to all three levels of the CFA Program curriculum eBook, the sample exams for each level, a complimentary online subscription to the Financial Analysts Journal, as well as an invitation to the CFA Tampa Bay seminars and events. New College will also receive an annual scholarship that will allow three fourth-year students from any discipline to take the exam.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate Program

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are powerful tools for multiple real-world applications in professional and academic disciplines. The New College of Florida GIS Certificate provides a pathway of courses and academic opportunities for students to acquire the necessary skills to be proficient in GIS. After successfully completing all the requirements, a student will be able to: Collect and analyze geolocated data, explore local and online datasets and maps, and to design, create, and share maps related to their studies or interests.

This certificate program is unique in that it specifically supports students in earning professionally credentialed GIS certificates. Employers and graduate schools are constantly recruiting students with a solid background in GIS analysis, particularly those students with a certification of proficiency. The “Bureau of Workforce Statistics and Economic Research” predicts employment growth in Florida (between the years of 2018 to 2026) of about 10% or higher for occupations related to GIS. Some of the applications of GIS include:

  • Environmental issues (e.g., urban studies, management and conservation of natural resources, risk assessments, environmental impacts)

  • Social sciences (e.g., human population studies, migration, political sciences)

  • Human health (e.g., diseases surveillance, risk factors, health landscape)