Market Abuse Course

Market Abuse Awareness and Prevention Training


Market Abuse from CityLearning is an online eLearning course that teaches your staff about market abuse and how to prevent it from happening in your company.

Broken down into five 15-minute modules, your staff will gain an awareness of their responsibilities under the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR).

Book a short demo of Market Abuse to learn more about this compliance training course from CityLearning.

Market Abuse Training Courses in the UK and Ireland

CityLearning’s eLearning training courses have been trusted by major financial institutions, along with other large corporations and organisations such as key government bodies, law firms and many more for 25 years.

Market Abuse is focused on awareness and prevention of market abuse behaviours. It will teach your staff what behaviours are classified as market abuse under the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR), how to spot transactions that show signs of market abuse and when and how to report these transactions.

This market abuse training course is available off-the-shelf for the UK and Ireland, with content tailored to each jurisdiction. The Irish version can be made to fit any EU member state with a few slight modifications.

Who is the Target Audience for This Market Abuse Course?

Tailored versions of our market abuse eLearning course can be made for different sectors. This includes:


  • Asset Management
  • Fintech
  • Investment Banking
  • Law Firms
  • Trading Platforms for:
    • Financial Instruments
    • Emissions Allowances
  • Stockbroking
  • Wholesale Banking
Learning Objectives

Market Abuse training from CityLearning is built around a set of learning objectives to ensure your staff are fully trained in treating customers well.


After completing this course, you will be able to:

Module 1: Introduction

  • define market abuse.
  • describe the implications of market abuse.

Module 2: Legal Background

  • outline the main legislation associated with market abuse.
  • summarise the key provisions of the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR).
  • specify which markets and trading platforms the MAR applies to.
  • explain the role of the regulator, i.e. the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) or the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI), with respect to market abuse.
  • identify the possible penalties for market abuse.

Module 3: Market Abuse Behaviour 1

  • define insider dealing, improper disclosure, misuse of information and manipulating transactions.
  • provide examples of the above behaviours

Module 4: Market Abuse Behaviour 2

  • define manipulating devices, improper dissemination and misleading behaviour.
  • give examples of each of the above behaviours.
  • describe market abuse practices facilitated by high-frequency trading.

Module 5: Roles and Responsibilities

  • list the rules relating to disclosure.
  • recognise your duty to report suspicions of market abuse.
  • explain how to identify and report suspicious transactions.
What Does Market Abuse Awareness and Prevention Training Cover?

This market abuse training course covers your obligations under the legislation regulating market abuse, primarily the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR). It explains what the main market abuse behaviours are and what they look like and teaches your staff what to do if they spot these behaviours.


The market abuse behaviours covered include:

  • Insider Dealing
  • Improper Disclosure
  • Manipulating Transactions
  • Manipulating Devices
  • Improper Dissemination
  • Distortion and Misleading Behaviour


Market Abuse ends in a 15-question course test. Learners must answer at least 12/15 questions correctly to pass the course. Their score will be automatically saved in CityLearning’s Learning Management System (LMS) CityREPORTs, so that compliance with handling market abuse training requirements can easily be proven.  

Course Features

Rigorous Testing: Spot questions are used throughout the course to increase user engagement; they either probe to expand on a learner’s existing knowledge of the subject matter or reinforce key learning points. Each module ends in a short quiz, and the course ends in a 15-question test with an 80% pass mark. Questions in the course test are randomised from a choice of three so that learners may retake without getting the same questions.


Customised Content: CityLearning can tailor Market Abuse to different jurisdictions and customise the course with content specific to your company.


Accessibility: This course contains audio narration throughout.


Glossary of Terms: Unfamiliar terms are linked to this glossary when they are first used in the course. The glossary can be accessed at any time.


Multimedia Design: This course gets the message across with a mix of text, images, animation and video.


Interactive Content: We design our courses to keep learners engaged and thinking. Market Abuse contains:

  • navigational interactive elements, such as next/back buttons and icons that reveal more content once clicked.
  • learning interactive elements, including scenario-based questions.

Modular Structure: This course is broken down into short modules that take less than 15 minutes to complete, so learners can easily finish this course at their own pace.


Real Life Case Studies: Learners benefit from studying recent examples of market abuse. These highlight the importance of market abuse awareness and prevention. 

Available Countries

Market Abuse is available off-the-shelf for the UK and Ireland. The Irish version can be made to fit any EU member state with a few slight modifications.

Quality Assurance

CityLearning enjoys a longstanding reputation for the highest quality course content. We are committed to continuous improvement and have a well-established Quality Assurance System in place to measure and enhance our performance.

All project personnel are highly experienced in developing generic, customised and bespoke eLearning solutions for our clients.


Our courses are regularly reviewed by Subject Matter Experts at our client companies, a UK-based financial services regulatory consultancy and a leading Irish law firm.

Why Choose CityLearning for Market Abuse Training?

CityLearning has been creating eLearning compliance training courses for 25 years. Our courses are accredited for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by various bodies, including the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) in the UK and the Institute of Bankers (IOB), Life Insurance Association (LIA) and Insurance Institute of Ireland (III) in Ireland. 

Case Study

A stockbroking firm, already a longstanding CityLearning client, reached out in 2016 looking for market abuse training. The Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) and Market Abuse Directive (MAD II) were coming into force in a few months, and the company needed to train more than 300 staff on the new requirements. CityLearning’s market abuse training course had been updated with the new legislation. This meant the stockbroking firm were able to quickly train all their staff on the new requirements within the designated timeframe.   

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this course approved for CPD?

Yes, this course has been approved for one hour of CPD by the following bodies:

  • In Ireland:
    • Institute of Bankers (IOB)
    • Life Insurance Association (LIA)
    • Insurance Institute of Ireland (III)

We can request CPD accreditation from other bodies if necessary.

How long will it take to complete this course?

Market Abuse should take just over one hour to complete.

How is this course delivered?

Market Abuse is an eLearning course that should be taken online using a Learning Management System (LMS). This can be either our propriety LMS, CityREPORTs, or an LMS already in place in your company.

CityLearning courses are fully SCORM-compliant for easy upload to another LMS.

Can I customise this course?

Yes, Market Abuse can be customised to meet any handling customer complaints training needs specific to your company.

How much does this course cost?

The cost per user of CityLearning’s AML eLearning compliance course depends on the number of users taking the course and whether you take only this course or other CityLearning courses in addition to Market Abuse.

Get in touch with us today for a quote. Please be sure to let us know how many users will be taking the course(s) and which course(s) you are interested in.  

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