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CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst)

Certified Financial Analyst (CFA):

The Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) credential has become the most respected and recognized investment designation in the world; enrolling in the CFA Program is your first step toward earning this qualification.

Most graduate school programs cover a broad range of topics; the CFA Program focuses specifically on investment knowledge. The self-study format makes it easier for you to continue working full time while you earn the charter. Employers know the CFA Program provides the skills needed to succeed in an investment career and that earning the CFA charter demonstrates the commitment to excellence required of today’s investment professionals.

How is the CFA Program Different?
Most graduate school programs cover a broad range of topics; the CFA Program focuses specifically on investment knowledge.
The self-study format makes it easier for you to continue working full time while you earn the charter.
Employers know the CFA Program provides the skills needed to succeed in an investment career and that earning the CFA charter demonstrates the commitment to excellence required of today’s investment professionals

The CFA Program is organized into three levels, each culminating in a six-hour exam. The program curriculum progresses in complexity as you move through the three levels:
Level I: Focuses on a basic knowledge of the ten topic areas and simple analysis using investment tools
Level II: Emphasizes application of investment tools and concepts with a focus on valuation of all types of assets
Level III: Focuses on synthesizing all of the concepts and analytical methods in a variety of applications for effective portfolio management and wealth planning


Candidates report dedicating in excess of 300 hours of study per level to prepare for each exam.

About the CFA Program Exam
The CFA Program includes a series of three exams; Levels I, II, and III. The exams:

Are offered annually - at test centers around the world - on the first Saturday in June. The Level I exam is also offered in December.

Must be passed sequentially.

Are available in English only.

The exam content, format, and learning focus increase in complexity with each level. For example, the ethical and professional standards curriculum content is similar for each exam level. However, candidates are asked different types of questions about those standards:

Level I will test your knowledge of the standards.
Level II will test how you apply those standards to situations analysts face
Level III will test how you apply the standards in a portfolio management and compliance context.

In general:
Level I exams consists of basic knowledge and comprehension questions focused on investment tools; some questions will require analysis.
Level II exams emphasize more complex analysis, along with a focus on valuing assets.
Level III exams require synthesis of all the concepts and analytical methods in a variety of applications for effective portfolio management and wealth planning.