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​Certificate in ESG Investing

​CFA Society Ireland is partnering with CFA Society United Kingdom to offer the Certificate in ESG Investing.

Developed by CFA UK, the Certificate in ESG Investing delivers the benchmark knowledge and skills required by investment professionals to integrate ESG factors into the investment process. The estimated study time is approximately 130 hours, subject to prior knowledge. The exam takes 140 minutes. 

Registration is now open through the CFA Society UK website allowing Irish participants to take the exam here in Ireland. 

Please click the link for more information.


Exam Fees

Exam registration and online learning materials GBP 470.00 (note from 4 Jan the exam fee will be GBP 485.00)

Taking the Exam

Ireland exam centres- Pearson VUE test centres are located in Dublin City Centre, Sandyford, Galway, and Waterford.

Online exam option - You can also sit the exam online, at home or at your office, through Pearson OnVUE Online Proctored Exams. Exam sessions will be monitored by online proctors in real-time, via standard computer webcam and audio equipment.

CPD and PL Credits

CPD Credits - CFA Society Ireland has secured CPD credits from LIA and IoB for the Certificate in ESG Investing. On passing the exam 4 credits can be applied. Please email for the CPD codes. Proof of exam success is required by LIA and IoB.

PL Credits -  In addition, CFA Chaterholders who are successful in passing the exam may claim 20 PL (professional learning) credits. These can be applied manually to your PL tracker.

Grant Funding from the Sustainable Finance Skillnet Network

We are pleased to work with the Sustainable Finance Skillnet Network again in 2021 to promote the grants being offered for the Certificate in ESG Investing. Generous grants are available to individuals and to firms that wish to make a block booking.

Please email for details.



"As an equity research analyst, this course has expanded my skillset and has equipped me with the tools I need to incorporate ESG criteria into company analysis. Earning the Certificate in ESG Investing is also a differentiating factor within my company which enhances my profile and opens up new opportunities."

Katy Hutchinson CFA, Equity Research Analyst, Davy

"The content is broad enough in scope to make it accessible to budding ESG practitioners, whilst also covering topics in sufficient detail to enhance the knowledge of those with more experience in the ESG space. The topics covered span all the major aspect of ESG and sustainable investing from the overall ESG market to ESG Portfolio Analytics and Portfolio Construction. The content is very comprehensive, well-referenced and provides a clear framework to gain a thorough understanding and appreciation of ESG matters."

Eoin Diffley CFA, Index fund Manager, Irish Life Investment Managers

Brochure (pdf)