The Foundation Certificate is a postgraduate certificate programme aimed at inexperienced or new entrants to the insolvency profession, especially in emerging market and developing jurisdictions. INSOL aims to provide an affordable, easily accessible course for working practitioners that can be completed at a realistic pace with the use of modern technology. To this end, the course is presented entirely online and does not require registered candidates to travel anywhere in order to complete the course. This course is being presented for the first time in 2019/20.
The Foundation Certificate course is presented in one-year cycles between 1 September and 31 August each year and can be completed in one year, or over the course of two years, should candidates wish to pace themselves in the completion of the course.
Registered candidates are required to complete eight modules in order to obtain the certificate, three of which are compulsory modules and five of which are elective modules. For the elective modules candidates can choose from 30 jurisdictions in five regions across the globe and one general module on Ethics and Professional Practice. The prescribed materials for each of the modules have been prepared by experts in practice and academia, reflecting a wide pool of specialised expertise.
Globalisation has fundamentally altered insolvency practice around the world, creating new challenges for lawyers, accountants and turnaround professionals. This trend towards globalisation is complemented by the development and enactment of new legislative instruments, such as the European Insolvency Regulation and the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency, the latter of which has been adopted in a number of jurisdictions around the world. With firms and individuals becoming increasingly aware of the importance of preparing for the future, the Foundation Certificate is well placed to prepare inexperienced practitioners or new entrants to the field of insolvency by providing them with a sound theoretical and practical knowledge of the basics of international insolvency law.
The Foundation Certificate course for 2020/21 commences with enrolment on 1 March 2020, with the course formally commencing on 1 September 2020.