Many students and potential employees like certifications for Bloomberg or Thomson One. This demonstrates that the student has an understanding of how to use these expensive programs before coming on board. The learning curve for using these products on the job is greatly reduced.
Bloomberg, available at Lippincott Library or Huntman Hall, currently offers two certificates.
Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) is a self- paced, 8 hour introduction to finance using 70 Bloomberg terminal functions. This provides a good foundation for undergraduates or people new to finance. It covers four topics: Economic Indicators, Currencies, Fixed Income and Equities. The format is interactive video sessions. There is no cost for this certificate if you use the Library Bloomberg terminals. You can sign up for a web-based session at a discounted price of $149.00.
BESS is also self-paced and is recommended for individuals with more experience in Finance and Bloomberg. Again, there is no cost when using the Library Bloomberg terminals. Sessions are based on written materials.
Once in Bloomberg, just type BMC<GO> or BESS<GO> to get started.
Both classes require that you take quizzes in order to get the certificate.
Thomson One Investment Bank also offers a certificate program. Click here for general information. Once you have viewed the materials for the modules, request a token to take the exam. The exam comprises 30 questions. You have 60 minutes to complete the test. If you don’t pass the first time, you are allowed to take the test a second time. It is encouraged that you use Thomson One while taking the test. This is free to students at Universities which subscribe to Thomson.
Remember that Thomson One only works with IE. Please refer to these postings for further information.