The CFA Program
First introduced in 1963, the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, or CFA charter, has become the most respected and recognized investment credential in the world.
To earn a CFA charter, you must have four years of qualified investment work experience, become a member of CFA Institute, pledge to adhere to the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct on an annual basis, apply for membership to a local CFA member society, and complete the CFA Program.
The CFA Program is organized into three levels, each culminating in a six-hour exam. Completing the program takes most candidates between two and five years (there is no limit to the number of times you can take each exam), but you can take as long as you need to complete the program.
CFA Prep Providers
All candidates differ in their preparation methods, finding varying levels of success with online courses, live courses, text book study, outlines, etc. We encourage candidates to talk to CFA Charter Holders about their success, but to select a method and provider that matches their own study habits.
CFA Institute has partnered with a number of prep providers under their Prep Provider Guidelines Program. This voluntary program was established by CFA Institute so that providers who develop content for CFA Program prep programs, products, and services can improve their educational messages for candidates.
Please follow link for a list of Participating Providers.