CICP Road Diary: Entry #3 A Word on Workload

Now that I’m more than half-way through the CICP course, it’s as good a time as any to describe the course’s workload.

I mean, that’s probably why a lot of you are reading this, and while I’d love to be amazingly insightful and break things down for you here on a mind-blowingly practical, real world level, the truth is that the course time estimate is already available on FCIB’s website, and, perhaps more importantly, the estimate is among the most accurate things ever stated on the internet

That might sound like hyperbole, but seriously, the estimate given is 5-7 hours per week, and that’s almost exactly how much time I’ve spent on each module. From every angle, with almost every mitigating factor included, that’s how long it will take you each week to stay on track.

I came into the course, as I noted in my introduction, about 5 years removed from college. I had to relearn how to be a student, sure, but I figured that I could still get back into the swing of things quickly and make short work of the material. And the fact of the matter is that I did get back in the swing of things. I’m working almost as well as I did back in senior year, when I was a seasoned collegiate professional…and it still takes me 5 to 7 hours.  Needless to say, the estimate was obviously made by someone who’s taken the CICP course before, apparently while someone timed them with a stopwatch.

Modules do vary in size and length, but still, 5 hours is probably the minimum time requirement, unless you blow through everything without looking at it, which I think everyone would recommend against. Module 1 is among the shortest, so you’ll go through it fairly fast, and then since there’s no post-Module test, you’ll feel like you just took the first step on the road to the easiest credentials of your life.

Then the rest of the Modules arrive, post-tests and all, and you realize that you were sorely mistaken.

Again, it’s not overwhelming, I wouldn’t say, but don’t think that just because the first Module is short and exam-less, that the rest of them will be the same. I may have made that mistake, so don’t do like I did.

Another mistake I made, is that I didn’t take a look at the index ahead of time. Oh the index, how helpful art thou; this is the part of the course that lays out all of the Modules and all of the lessons (the differences of which can be found here) in an easy to read outline, and I visit it all the time. It’s my yard stick, and my guide, and if I can give one piece of advice, it’s to look at this at the very beginning, and be prepared for the longer Modules. There are a few, and I’d imagine that knowing they’re there is better than ambling through the course blindfolded like I did (for the first half, at least).

The mitigating factor here is that, as I also said in my introduction, I am not a credit manager. I’ve had to spend a little extra time looking up terms that many of you probably rely on every day, or at least know the meaning of.  While I’m spending time hunting for a good example usage of the word “obligor,” you could be clicking your way on to the next section, so that’s an important factor to remember here.

Nonetheless, that 5-7 hour weekly estimate is spot on, and should be held as both an expectation of what you’ll have to do, and a good goal for how long to immerse yourself in the material, once you’re in the course. You could probably speed through the modules in less than 5 hours, but you’d probably be missing out on a lot of valuable dialogue, added practical knowledge and the little specifics that make this whole thing a lot more worthwhile.

Till next time,


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