CFA Society Singapore

A Member of the CFA Institute Global Network of Societies


 About the CFA® Program

​Administered by CFA Institute, the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®​) Program is a graduate-level, self-study curriculum and examination program for investment specialists.
Established in 1962, the CFA® Program sets the global standard for investment knowledge, standards, and ethics. Earning the credential can serve as a "passport" to entry or advancement within the investment profession or to work in other countries around the world. It tells clients, employers and colleagues that the charterholder has mastered a rigorous curriculum covering a broad range of investment topics and that he or she is committed to the highest ethical standards in the profession.
Congruous to its mission, our society encourages its members to earn the CFA® charter and supports candidates by sponsoring CFA Exam study groups. Today, many of our members hold the esteemed CFA®​ designation.
The CFA® Program includes a series of three exams; Levels I, II, and III. The exams:
  • Are offered annually — at test centres around the world — on the first Saturday in June. The Level I exam is also offered in December.
  • Must be passed sequentially.
  • Are available in English only.
The exam content, learning focus, and question format increase in complexity with each level.

 Curriculum Content and Learning Focus

​​An example showing the increase in complexity is the ethical and professional standards curriculum content. This content is similar for each exam level; however, candidates are asked different types of questions. In general:
  • Level I exams consist of basic knowledge and comprehension questions focused on investment tools; some questions will require analysis. It tests your knowledge of the ethical and professional standards.
  • Level II exams emphasize more complex analysis, along with a focus on valuing assets. It tests how you apply those standards to situations analysts face.
  • Level III exams require synthesis of all the concepts and analytical methods in a variety of applications for effective portfolio management and wealth planning.​ It tests how you apply the standards in a portfolio management and compliance context.​​

 Collaboration with Kaplan Financial (Part of Kaplan Learning Institute)

​In October 2016, CFA Singapore appointed Kaplan Learning Institute to be the exclusive training provider for the CFA Singapore Research Programme Level 1 & 2. CFA Singapore Research Programme Level 1 & 2 are accredited under the Institute of Banking and Finance Singapore Standards Training Scheme (IBF-STS).
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 CFA Singapore Research Programme (IBF Level 1 and 2)

​​The CFA Singapore Research Programme (IBF Level 1 and 2) is open to Singaporeans and Permanent Residents (PRs). The program helps prepare graduates, young and mid-career professionals for entry level research analysts' positions. It is ideal for anyone seeking employment and a career in investment research or a related field as they work towards a goal of attaining the CFA and becoming an IBF-certified practitioner.
The CFA Singapore Research Programme (IBF Level 1 and 2) is developed for the CFA® Level 1 and 2 exam candidates respectively. Course participants taking the CFA Singapore Research Programme (IBF Level 2) mostly have some finance or investment sector experience, and prior completion of the IBF Level 1 programme is preferable although not a must.

 CFA Preparatory Course (Level 1, 2 and 3)

​The CFA® Preparatory Course is designed to take candidates through the topics with clear and thorough explanation, making home study far more productive.

Topics are taught with the use of worked examples throughout the course. It is designed to help you:

  1. Develop a good understanding of each topic
  2. Focus on the key knowledge needed for the exam
  3. Cover the vast majority of CFA® Institute's prescribed Learning Outcomes Statement (LOS)

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Download CFA Preparatory Programme Brochure​​

 CFA® Schweser Self-Study

Schweser's expert instruction and market-leading study tools are the essential complement to the CFA® texts. These study solutions can improve your time management, comprehension, and retention by catering to your individual learning style.
Self-Study Packages (available for CFA Level I, II, and III)
  • Premium Plus
  • Premium
  • Essential
  • Schweser Notes
Any purchase of the following packages: PremiumPlus, Premium and Essential Study Package entitles you to a complimentary waiver off the Associate Membership annual dues of SGD 85.60 (a one-time joining fee of SGD 107 is applicable for first-time applicants).
Associate Members enjoy a 10% discount on the above study packages including Schweser Notes!​

 Contact Kaplan

​For more information on our programs with Kaplan Learning Institute, please contact us at:
Kaplan City Campus @ PoMo
1 Selegie Road (Level 8)
Singapore 188306
Office: +65 6733 1877

Operating Hours
Monday to Friday: 9am – 9pm
Saturday: 9am – 3pm
(Closed on Sun & Public Holidays)​

 Contact CFA Singapore

10 Anson Road
#25-09 International Plaza
Singapore 079903
Tel: (65) 6323 6679
Fax: (65) 6323 7657
Operating Hours
Monday to Friday: 9am – 6pm
(Closed on Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)

 Candidate Hotline

​24 Hour Line for Singapore CFA®​ Exam Candidates
001-800-8228-8820 (Toll Free from Singtel Line only)

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 Hours Spent Studying

candidates spend an average of 322 hours studying 
June 2016 candidates reported spending an average 322 hours studying for the exam, with most using the CFA® Program curriculum (80%) and mock exam (67%) to prepare.