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The CFA® Designation

First awarded in 1963, the CFA® Charter is often referred to as the gold standard of professional credentials within the global investment community. Employers and investors recognize the CFA designation as the definitive standard for measuring competence and integrity in the fields of portfolio management and investment analysis.

Earning the charter requires demonstrating four years of professional investment experience, committing to upholding a comprehensive code of ethics, and passing three levels of rigorous exams that test an advanced curriculum of investment management and analysis skills. This achievement takes multiple years of persistent effort and hundreds of hours of study per exam level.

For more information about the CFA designation and how it can benefit your career, here are some helpful links -- ​which take you to the website of CFA Institute, the global organization that governs the CFA designation, located in Charlottesville, Virginia.