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  • Average pass rate of 86% on the exams for candidates who attended and completed all components of our course offerings

  • Course materials used by the 2016 MQE gold medallist and bronze medallist

  • Practical and effective exam writing strategies and approaches

  • Multiple study formats catering to different learning styles and professional backgrounds

  • Individualized marking and feedback available

  • Customized study solutions available for repeat writers

  • Ongoing coaching available through to the exam date



MQE Insight is a preparatory course for candidates writing the Membership Qualification Exam (MQE), the national qualifying exam to obtain the Chartered Business Valuator (CBV) designation in Canada. The MQE is administered by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators (CICBV)*.

The MQE Insight course is developed and led by Melanie Russell, a former MQE medallist and is designed to equip writers with the tools and strategies for success on exam day.

*MQE Insight is not affiliated with the CICBV.

Course Formats


Online/In-person/Hybrid Classroom Study:

  • Weekly sessions (6 weeks of evening sessions for 3 hours/week with optional individual marking and feedback on one or more practice MQE exams)

  • Full day sessions (choice of 2-day weekends or one-day weekday slots)


Guided self-study

  • Self-directed learning at your own pace (includes course notes, practice marking keys, 60 minutes of private exam prep counselling, and optional individual marking and feedback on a prior MQE exam)

  • Additional practice exams may be recommended to students based on progress during the summer (subject to an additional fee)


Repeat writers’ program

(for candidates who have been unsuccessful at previous MQE attempts)

  • Initial consultation to identify strengths and weaknesses of the individual

  • Design of a customized study program to focus in on key areas of concern

  • Individual study program may include combinations of practice exam writing, practice exams with marking/feedback, course instruction, or one-on-one coaching (on an as-needed basis)

  • Fees vary depending on the extent of the program designed


Course Content

All of our course formats cover the following core components:


  • Understanding the structure and evaluation of the MQE

  • Developing an efficient, effective study plan

  • Review of the MQE Competence Framework - NEW

  • Effective writing strategies for structuring responses to exam questions

  • Practice marking and debriefing of prior year exams

  • Exam time management best practices


Course Notes and Practice Exam Marking Keys


Our courses also come with a complete set of course notes which include technical review materials, review points/debriefing guides on past exams, and sample marking keys (for the 2001 to 2022 MQE exams) to assist candidates in marking and debriefing of practice exams.


Individual Exam Marking and Feedback


For our courses, we are pleased to offer individual marking and feedback on practice MQE exams based on your needs (subject to an additional fee).


One-on-One Coaching


Supplemental one-on-one coaching is available upon request (subject to an additional fee).


Feedback From Past MQE INSIGHT Students


I am happy to let you know that I was successful in the MQE this year.  This was my 3rd time writing and I definitely believe the structure of the online weekly classes were a major contributor to my success.

Jamie E. Arsenault, CPA, CA. (2018 MQE)

"The course was very insightful and you managed to pack a lot into 2 days.   I also appreciated your availability to answer questions long after the course was finished."

Daniel Wong (3rd place, 2016 MQE)


"The Thursday night classes kept me on track all summer and made studying less stressful. I couldn’t have done it without you guys!"

Jessica Potter, CBV (2016 MQE)


"MQE Insight was a critical component of my success in writing the MQE. The knowledge and experience of the facilitators is evident, and the constructive feedback obtained throughout the weekly sessions certainly enhanced my efficiency and gave me the fundamentals required to be successful."

Nathan Snowie, CBV (2015 MQE)

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