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Bloombeg Essentials: BESS Training

Bloomberg offers users an online training program known as Bloomberg Essentials (BESS) to help users get comfortable with the terminal.  A certificate is offered for users who the four core modules and exams as well as one market sector module and exam.  Expect each module to take roughly one hour.  Users who score of 75% or greater on 5 or more of the 8 (4 Core + 1 or more of the market sector modules) will receive a Bloomberg Acknowledgement of Completion.

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Next, Review the Modules

    Bloomberg Core

  1. Getting Started
  2. Bloomberg News
  3. Market Monitors and Launchpad
  4. API – Bloomberg Data in Excel

    Bloomberg Market Sector

  1. Equity Essentials
  2. Fixed Income Essentials
  3. FX Essentials
  4. Commodities Essentials


  • After completing the four Bloomberg Core Pages, users will need to take an exam. Users will also need to take an exam after completing one of the Bloomberg Market Sector Pages (Equity Essentials, Fixed Income Essentials, FX Essentials or Commodity Essentials). You will need to pass each exam with a 75% passing grade in order to receive the Acknowledgement of Completion. You may complete each of the Market Sector programs and take an exam for each program to receive an Acknowledgment of Completion for each Market Sector.
  • In order to access the exams, click on the exam that corresponds with the Market Sector. Completing the training pages automatically enables you to take the corresponding exam.
  • Your exam grade will immediately appear upon completion of the exam. You may retake each exam one time.

Acknowledgement of Completion

  • To request the Acknowledgment of Completion, click on the link shown on the screen to bring up the BESS Training Acknowledgment window.
  • Enter the email addresses that you would like the acknowledgment email to be sent to by clicking on Add.
  • On the toolbar, click the Submit button.
  • You will receive an email message acknowledging your completion of the exams.