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 Membership Benefits

The CFA Society Washington, DC (CFAW) provides members with networking, educational opportunities, and resources that can't be found elsewhere. Join today and see first hand why so many investment management professionals have made CFAW their professional home.

Membership is open to anyone interested in the field of professional investment management. Regardless of your career level or level of involvement in the industry, CFAW has a membership category for you.

Membership provides the knowledge, recognition, and industry network that investment professionals need to advance their careers. Every member service – from extensive programs to on-line job postings to CFA Institute publications – is designed to meet the specific needs of investment management professionals.

Join today and invest in your investment career!


CFAW hosts numerous FREE networking events throughout the year designed specifically to facilitate an ideal atmosphere for members to build their professional networks. These include summer happy hours, a fall kick-off, a winter holiday gathering, and a spring annual meeting.

Professional Development


CFAW sponsors educational meetings covering relevant professional topics, industry events, webcasts and tours of federal agencies. This provides members the benefit of staying informed of trends that affect the financial industry. Speakers include prominent economists, CEO's investment strategists, leading analysts and fund managers. There are usually several events held monthly September through June. All members receive discounted registration fees.


The Society partners with leading professional training companies to offer members the opportunity to learn the technical skills they need to get ahead and stay ahead in their firm and the industry. These courses are offered year-round, range from 1 to 3 days in length, and are taught by professional instructors. All members receive discounted registration fees.

Career Resources

Job Board

The Society offers a job board for members which also serves as a clearinghouse, matching resumes of members with opportunities offered by prospective employers and executive search firms. All members receive deeply discounted pricing.

Career Management Resources

CFAW maintains numerous articles, webcasts, and videos on the website aimed to assist members preparing for or currently transitioning jobs. Additionally, all dual designation CFA/CPA members receive a discount on Kaplan's Financial Learning Library. All ethics courses in this library satisfy Virginia and Maryland state CPE requirements.

Career Events

CFAW sponsors multiple career-themed events each year for investment professionals and students at local colleges and universities. All members receive discounted registration fees.


CFAW Weekly Newsletter

CFAW keeps its members educated and informed by providing up-to-date news on the people, policies, and news impacting the investment industry by sending out our weekly e-newsletter. In addition to news, our newsletter provides poignant information on new developments within the CFAW Community.

Events Update

The Society hosts over 50 events per year designed specifically for investment professionals in the DC metro area, and sends out a bi-weekly Events Update email so that all its members can take advantage of all the upcoming professional development and training events.

CFA Exam Prep

CFAW Exam Review Classes

The Society has partnered with Kaplan Schweser to offer study classes for levels I, II, and III. Additionally, there are two opportunities for candidates to take practice exams the month before the actual CFA Exam. All members receive discounted registration fees.

CFA Scholarships

The Society, in conjunction with the CFA Institute, offers scholarships for the CFA program to Society members. The scholarship defrays exam expenses.

Service and Leadership | Share Your Experience

Volunteer for CFAW

CFAW's strength lies in the roots of our organization: Our members develop, implement, and deliver the programming for each other, thereby ensuring the relevancy and immediacy of content. We encourage you to share your knowledge and skills with your peers, to participate in the Society and governance of CFAW and to take leadership roles. Only current members can serve as volunteers.

Speaking Opportunities

CFAW offers a multitude of speaking opportunities through the dozens of professional development events held each year.

Professional Resources & Tools

Social Networking
CFAW offers a variety of social media tools including a Facebook page, a Twitter feed and LinkedIn, all designed to keep you informed and help you connect instantly with other members online.

Publicize Your Work
Submit articles for the Weekly Newsletter, publish a white paper, post job openings to the Job Board, and receive instant exposure.

Support the Industry | Be Part of Something Bigger than Yourself

  • CFAW is the 7th largest CFA Society in the United States with over 2,100 members.
  • Your membership supports the work of the CFA Society Washington, DC
  • Your membership provides you with a voice as we help raise the standard of investment management globally.

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