CFA Society Singapore

A Member of the CFA Institute Global Network of Societies


 CFA Programme

​Administered by CFA Institute, the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) Programme is a graduate-level, self-study curriculum and examination programme for investment specialists.
Established in 1962, the CFA Programme​ 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 Programme includes a series of three exams; Levels I, II, and III. The exams:

  • Are offered annually — at test centers 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:

  • Level I tests your knowledge of the ethical and professional standards.
  • Level II tests how you apply those standards to situations analysts face.
  • Level III tests how you apply the standards in a portfolio management and compliance context.​

In general:

  • Level I exams consist of basic knowledge and comprehension questions focused on investment tools; some questions will require analysis.
  • Level II exams emphasize more complex analysis, along with a focus on valuing assets.
  • Level III exams require synthesis of all the concepts and analytical methods in a variety of applications for effective portfolio management and wealth planning.​

 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).


 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.

Learn more about how June 2016 candidates prepared for the exam

 CFA Institute Career Guide 2015-2016


 CFA Exam Fees

2017 December (Level I)

Payment Deadline

Enrollment Fee*

Exam Fee

Total Fees​

15 Mar 2017

USD 450

USD 650

USD 1,100

16 Aug 2017

USD 450

USD 930

USD 1,380

13 Sept 2017

USD 450

USD 1,380

USD 1,830

​​*One-time enrollment fee for new Level I candidates only

Enrollment fee and exam fees are payable in US dollars only, and are non-transferable and non-refundable.

The exam registration fee covers the cost of:

  • The eBook (contains the complete curriculum you need to study). Printed curriculum is available at non-refundable fee of USD 150.
  • An interactive study planner to guide and track your exam preparation
  • Topic based practice tests
  • Mock exams
  • A mobile study app with access to everything listed above
Register for the exam
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 Contact Us

10 Anson Road
#25-09 International Plaza
Singapore 079903
Tel: (65) 6323 6679
Fax: (65) 6323 7657
Operating Hours
Monday to Friday (excluding Public Holidays)
​9am - 6pm​​​


 Candidate Hotline

​24 Hour Line for Singapore CFA Exam Candidates
001-800-8228-8820 (Toll Free from Singtel Line only)
Speak to a customer service representative by pressing "0" (available 10:00am - 5:00pm, Monday to Friday, Hong Kong Time)