• Average pass rate of 86% on the 2015/2016 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 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


Live Classroom Study

(Options in select Canadian cities as outlined in our course schedule):

  • Weekly sessions (8 weeks of evening sessions for 3 hours/week with individual marking and feedback on one prior MQE exam)

  • Weekend sessions (2 full days of classroom study)

Guided Self-Study

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

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

Online Video-Conferencing

  • 8 weekly sessions (Thusday evenings for 3 hours/week with individual marking and feedback on one prior MQE exam)


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 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 2018 MQE exams) to assist candidates in marking and debriefing of practice exams.


Individual Exam Marking and Feedback


All guided self-study and weekly (8-session) courses include individual marking and feedback on one prior MQE exam.

For weekend courses, we are pleased to offer individual marking and feedback on one prior MQE exam for an additional fee of $400 + applicable taxes.


One-On-One Coaching


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





"En tant que candidat pour l’EQM de 2020, je recommande très fortement le cours préparatoire offert par l’équipe de MQE Insight. Le programme met la pratique et la correction à l’avant plan ce qui permet de tirer un maximum du temps d’étude!"


"As a 2020 MQE candidate, I definitely recommend the MQE Insight classes. Putting the practice and self retroaction at the center of the program really helps get the most out of your preparation time!"

Mathieu Barbeau (2020 MQE)

"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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