Crash-coursing the Canadian Securities Course

Almost two years ago, I signed up for the Canadian Securities Course while employed at a bank. But I never cracked open the textbook. I figured I had lots of time. I even renewed it last year for a 12 month extension, figuring it would be helpful in a future journalism career.

Now the clock has almost run out, and I have 7 weeks left until my course expires and I lose $1100 in fees.

This course is still really important to me, as I intend on becoming a business journalist.

So! For the next 7 weeks, I plan on studying at least 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. This will essentially become my new full-time job.

As extra incentive, I have already booked my first exam for May 30, at 2 pm.

If I fail, at least I will have tried my hardest, and I have done it in a way that is public and relatable.

Some people blog about going on diets or trying new exercise routines, like P90X or Crossfit. Me, I’m going to fill my brain full of information about securities, despite majoring in English.

Wish me luck.


5 thoughts on “Crash-coursing the Canadian Securities Course

  1. Good luck, you should do fine. I have no business background at all, since I major in health science. There are some terms, calculation and charts u need to get familiar with. Know the trends and what not. I did it in about six months, 3 months each for each exam. There are also study guides that u can find in chapters/indigo that helped me a lot too.

  2. I’m guessing that’s vol. 1. Then how much time do you have for vol. 2? I just threw together this little forum to discuss this topic with some of my study partners. Feel free to join in the conversation. CSC Study Group

  3. jl

    Good luck! I bought the textbook only + exam option, and didn’t make the passing grade. I did learn a lot though. It’s not that hard! Seriously!

  4. cory

    did you pass after the 7 weeks?

    1. I did. But just barely. If I could do it again, I would give myself at least three extra weeks for reviewing everything before the exams.

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