Certification Industry: Investments
Certificate Name: Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
Certificate Issuing Authority: CFA Institute
Certification Price: Standard Registration: $930 (ends mid February) Late Registration: $1,380 (ends mid March)
Certificate Validity: The CFA designation is not a licensing program and therefore has no expiration date.
A charter holder is one of the most prestigious accomplishments for an investment professional as it validates their competence in terms of real-world portfolio management and investment analysis.
In order to become a charter holder, a professional is supposed to follow a code of ethics and standards by undertaking the membership of the CFA Institute.
Who Should Apply for Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)?
The CFA program has three levels of the curriculum and a candidate has to pass all three levels to obtain the CFA charter.
The investment professionals skilled in the investment decision-making process should apply for becoming a charter holder. Many times charter holders end up becoming a Portfolio Manager, but there are possibilities for jobs all the way up to the Chief Executive.
CFA Program Requirements
Enrollment Criteria [Any one of the following]
Professional Work Experience (4 years/48 months)
International Travel Passport
A professional Conduct Statement form
5. Residence in a Participating Country (OFAC Compliance Policy)
There are three levels i.e. Level I, II, and III of tests.
Level I: Basic knowledge
Level II: Application of the basic knowledge/standards and involves a complex analysis along with valuing assets.
Level III: Synthesization and application of the standards in portfolio management and compliance context.
CFA Program fees include a one-time Enrollment and Registration fee for each exam. This includes:
An eBook containing the entire curriculum. [Print copy also available for $150(non-refundable)]
An Interactive Study Planner to keep one on track along with practice tests on various topics and mock exams.
A Mobile App for studying and using all of the above.
Various scholarships are available.
To get the “early bird discount”, one should apply 9 months before the Exam Date.
Time Taken To Prepare For The Exams
In order to be thorough with the preparation, a candidate must take the CFA review course. The CFA Institute recommends:
At least 300 hours of study
About 6 months of preparation time for each exam
For more details, log on to CFA Program.