THE CHARTERED FINANCIAL ANALYST (CFA®) Program helps you capitalise on your strengths, supercharging your education and work experience into a designation that will tell the world you have the skills necessary to compete and excel in today’s complex and evolving investment industry. The CFA charter is the gold standard for the investment industry. Charterholders enjoy a mark of distinction throughout the world.
CFA Program provides the strongest foundation in advanced investment, analysis, and real-world portfolio management skills for a career advantage that you will use at all stages of your career. This globally recognised and respected credential is held by more than 190,000 professionals across 160 markets.
The average time it takes to complete the program.
The average amount of hours of study per exam level.
You must pass an exam for each level of curriculum.
Enrollment criteria and requirements
To enroll in CFA Program and register for the Level I CFA exam, you must have an international travel passport and meet one of the following entrance requirements:
Complete a bachelor’s program or equivalent program and received a university/college degree. If you’re not sure if your program is comparable, ask your college or university.
Junior or Senior University Student
Be within 23 months from completing yourundergraduate degree to begin your CFA Programjourney.
Professional Work Experience
Have a combination of 4,000 hours of work experience and/or higher education that was acquired over a minimum of three sequential years and achieved by the date of registering for the Level I exam. The dates of education and professional work experience cannot be overlapping. If you have a combination of work experience and higher education to achieve the minimum hours and years, assume that higher education takes 1,000 hours per year.
Professional work experience does not need to be investment related. Internships/articleships are accepted if they are paid. Work experience with your own business or your family business will qualify only if it is professional experience for which you are paid.
What does professional work experience mean? Professional work experience requires specialized knowledge, education, or advanced skills. Professional work experience requires the application of higher-level judgement and business skills, including:
Leadership and teamwork
Critical thinking and problem solving
Candidates applying to register for CFA Program without completing a bachelor’s degree must honestly evaluate whether their professional work experience has equipped them for the significant volume and depth of study demanded by CFA Program.
Please note that CFA Institute may request proof of education (copy of diploma, marksheet, any other relevant documents) and/or work experience (letter of employment, salary slips, any other relevant documents) to be submitted at any stage of your journey as a candidate or even after becoming a member in order to demonstrate entrance requirements were met. Failure to provide requested documentation relevant to entrance requirements may result in cancellation of a current exam registration, withholding of exam results, voiding of past exam results, and may lead to investigation and disciplinary action by the CFA Institute Professional Conduct Program.
CFA PROGRAM CURRICULUM, STRUCTURE & CONTENT
Industry Practitioner Input at Every Stage
The curriculum is developed through an Education Advisory Committee that includes industry practitioners, security market regulators, university faculty, and policymakers. Involving financial thought leaders helps ensure that CFA Institute provides the skills the industry wants. This approach, known as the Program Practice Analysis process, plays a key role in establishing the CFA Program as the global gold standard of investment credentials.
Registration costs vary depending on when a candidate decides to register for the exam. An early registration period is available for all three levels, which reduces the exam cost from USD 1,250 to USD 900. There is a one-time enrollment fee of USD 350 the first time a candidate registers for the Level I exam. An enrollment fee is not charged for subsequent exams. All fees must be paid in US dollars.
One-Time Enrollment Fee
CFA Program includes a series of three exams: Levels I, II, and III. Use the calendar to view upcoming exams and other important dates leading up to the exam. Dates are subject to change as conditions warrant. Each exam is administered within an exam window, while the exam dates available to each candidate may vary based on appointment availability at the time of scheduling. All deadlines are 11:59 p.m. ET. CFA Institute reserves the right to close registration and scheduling dates earlier than previously announced as conditions warrant. For the latest information on upcoming exams, please visit our CFA Exam Updates page.
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