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ICVS is the typical valuation certification for this part of the world since it focuses on the valuation of privately held companies that is the dominant kind of companies. These companies are demanding valuations for buyouts, mergers and acquisitions or different reasons. The demand for the ICVS is picking up among private equity firms, investment companies and investment banks, consulting companies, etc throughout the Middle East (Beirut, Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and the UAE).

• Valuation Analysts.
• Merger and acquisition consultants.
• Investment and financial analysts.
• Private Equity Analysts.
• Investment bankers.
• Financial officers.
• Consultants and Business advisors.
• Audit and accounting professionals specializing in consulting.

ICVS holders will effectively deliver valuations for, buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, privatizations, joint ventures, transfer of shares, initial public offerings, etc…

Global Recognition

Acquiring the ICVS designation renders you eligible to apply for the IACVA international membership with all its benefits.

Practical Skills

The ICVS Program curriculum focuses on the practical knowledge and current real-world skills necessary in the valuation profession.


Earning the ICVS certification places you in the company of an exclusive elite group of valuation professionals (more than 18000 worldwide).

Stand out from the crowd

Differentiate yourself from other graduates and postgraduates.

Boost your professional profile

Drive your career and professional experience forward by acquiring one of the most demanded financial skills in the MENA and GCC regions.

Gain priority when applying for jobs

International and local companies will give you priority when hiring for their finance related positions.

1. Have a college degree
2. Complete a 35 hours training program and course of study as prescribed by the Association.

Basic qualifications & requirements for the International Certified Valuation Specialist (ICVS) designation
a. Hold a business degree or MBA or CFA, CIIA, CEFA designation.
b. Be a member in good standing with IACVA;
c. Complete a 35 hours training program and course of study as prescribed by the Association.
d. Submit three personal and three business references;
e. Pass a comprehensive two‐part examination (Computer Based Online exam ( 5 hr examination ) + case Study to be submitted within 90 days).

The ICVS training program comprehends
 Complexities surrounding the valuation process.
 Understanding the issues related to empirical evidence.
 The strengths and weaknesses of the various approaches.
 Challenges of developing capitalization and discount rates in a global environment and their application to international markets.
 Different sources of data and information.
 Common pitfalls that could be encountered throughout the process.

Here is a glimpse of you can expect to acquire from the ICVS program
 Performing ratio analysis.
 Constructing and analyzing economic/normalized financial statements.
 Performing a comparative analysis.
 Comparing IAS and U.S. GAAP standards.
 Selecting proper income.
 Estimating future earnings.
 Distinguishing and converting pre‐tax and after‐tax discount/capitalization rates.
 Allocating components of value.
 Selecting and applying the proper valuation method.
 How and when to select the proper valuation method.
 How and when to select marketability and minority discounts.
 Preparing a business valuation.
 Tackling international markets.

Students preparing for the ICVS designation have two options: self-study or in-house study with the Institute for Financial Analysts (IFA).

The ICVS Training Requirements consists of 35 hours of training that will show the range of options when approaching the valuation process, including how and when the various methodologies should be applied. In this training you will comprehend the complexities surrounding the process, understand the issues related to empirical evidence, or the lack thereof, and the strengths and weaknesses of the various approaches.

The training hours are delivered in 6 consecutive days, after which the participants pass a mock exam that is followed by the official IACVA examination and submission of a valuation report for a closely held firm (case study).

ICVS Self-study program
For orders inside and outside Lebanon, please contact our program coordinators

ICVS in-house study program with IFA
Original tuition: please contact our program coordinators for open class tuitions.

Benefits you can expect from enrolling with IFA

IFA’s educational process greatly increases your chances of success through personal interaction with qualified instructors and a study process that will take you step by step through all modules.

 Highest success rates in the region.
 High quality study materials.
 Highly competent instructors.
 Unlimited online and offline study support.
 High networking opportunity with top experts in the field.
 Important network of alliances and affiliations.
 Exclusive job search assistance with top recruiters.

IACVA Rules & Regulations:
After a long discussion with IACVA headquarters and the board of governance, IACVA Middle East has been allowed to extend the reactivation period for inactive members to renew their ICVS membership.
Inactive members who haven’t renewed their membership for the past three years will be required to pay the activation and membership fee for the following year.
All candidates who haven’t renewed their membership by end of year will be placed as an inactive member, and thus will not be allowed to use the ICVS title.
We are requested by IACVA headquarters to place all active and inactive members on our website (
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

The International Association of Consultants, Valuators and Analysts (IACVA) was founded in 2000 to provide worldwide support to professionals who perform either valuations or are engaged in fraud deterrence. IACVA is the first and only international association to provide such support.

IACVA’s objective is to transfer “best practices” in both fields of endeavor. In the valuation field, IACVA promotes the uniform application of valuation theory, approaches, methods and models throughout the world. In the field of fraud deterrence and forensic accounting, IACVA encourages the development and dissemination of consistent and demonstrable systems and techniques for both detection and prevention of fraud.

This mission is accomplished through the establishment and support of national associations known as Charter Members. The Charter Members represent separate regions or countries, each with practitioner/members who provide services to their valuation and fraud prevention communities.

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2016 ICVS training Calendar-tentative dates


Country Tentative Dates
Lebanon February 12,13,14,15-2016
Riyadh April 1,2,3 & 9,10,11-2016
Cairo May 6,7,8 & 13,14,15-2016
Amman July 8,9,10 & 15,16,17-2016
Lebanon November 11,12,13,14-2016
Kuwait December 2,3,4 & 9,10,11-2016