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 CFA® Program

Learn more from CFA Institute about the CFA designation and its significance.

"Among the countless finance degrees around the world, the Chartered Financial Analyst qualification has become the gold standard."

Financial Times
13 August 2010


The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation is a mark of distinction that is globally recognized by employers, investment professionals, and investors as the definitive standard by which to measure serious investment professionals.

The CFA Program reflects a broad Candidate Body of Knowledge™ (CBOK) developed and continuously updated by active practitioners in countries around the world to ensure that charterholders possess knowledge grounded in the real world of today’s global investment industry.

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 around the world. The designation 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.

The program consists of three levels with exams offered in June and December for Level I and in June for Levels II and III.  The course takes a minimum of three years to complete and on average, candidates study 300 hours per exam.