The CFA Charter
The CFA charter is a designation awarded by CFA Institute to those who have completed the CFA Program and achieved CFA Institute regular membership. As the highest distinction in the investment industry, the CFA charter is the gold standard. It is globally recognized and held by over 170,000 professionals worldwide in 164 markets. CFA charterholders are qualified to work in senior management positions across the investment industry.
of becoming a charterholder
Widely considered the apex for professional development in the investment industry, the CFA designation is valued by employers for roles and functions in every sector of global finance, including portfolio management, analysis, private wealth, and consulting. Distinguished by their commitment to set a higher standard of excellence, charterholders are sought after as investment industry professionals.
With over 180,000 CFA Institute regular members around the globe, CFA charterholders have an instant network of like-minded professionals that can help support them in their careers.
Secure a Successful Career
Kickstart your career with the skills needed to excel at all stages of your investment profession.
Gain a Strong Ethical Foundation
Gain the confidence and clarity in navigating ethical issues within the investment management industry.
Earn Waivers and Industry Acclaim
Earn recognition and waivers from regulatory agencies, graduate programs, and other organizations.
Expansive Knowledge, Skills, and Commitment to Ethics
Gain the strongest foundation in advanced investment analysis and real-world portfolio management skills for a career advantage.
Join a Global Community
Connect with our prestigious group of investment professionals from around the world.
Value in an Evolving Industry
The CFA charter demonstrates to employers that an individual has the knowledge and commitment to thrive in today’s complex and evolving investment industry.
How to Earn the CFA Charter
Pass CFA Exams
CFA Program contains three levels of curriculum, each with its own exam. Passing the exam for all three levels is a requirement to obtain the CFA charter.
Achieve Qualified Work Experience
Complete work experience requirements before, during, or after participation in CFA Program. Your experience must be directly involved with the investment decision-making process or producing a work product that informs or adds value to that process.
Submit Reference Letter
In support of your membership application, you will need to provide 2-3 professional references. References will be asked to comment on your work experience and professional character.
Apply to Become a Charterholder
Apply to become a regular member of CFA Institute. Once your application is approved and you have joined CFA Institute, you will have earned the CFA charter.
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.
The CFA exams are administered in 170+ cities.
Are you ready to take the next step?
Take our assessment to learn whether becoming a charterholder — and joining the ranks of elite investment professionals — is right for you.
Learn more about the CFA Program
Achieve the highest distinction in the invesment management profession — the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) designation. As a CFA charterholder, you will join over 170,000 professionals recognized globally for their commitment to ethics and professionalism.
IBF ACCREDITED PROGRAMS
CFA Society Singapore owns the exclusive rights for the CFA Singapore Preparatory Programmes for CFA Levels 1. These programmes are accredited under the Institute of Banking and Finance Singapore Standards Training Scheme (IBF-STS).
CFA SOCIETY SINGAPORE PREP PROGRAMME
CFA Society Singapore is dedicated to providing candidates the support needed to exam success. As an exclusive CFA® Program training provider in Singapore, CFA Society Singapore has put together a compelling combination in CFA® Program training.