Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

Designation Essentials
Status Currently offered and recognized by the issuing organization.
Issuing Organization CFA Institute
Qualification and Educational Requirements
Prerequisites Prospective candidate must meet one of the following requirements:
  • Be in the final year of a bachelor's degree program, OR
  • Have four years of professional work experience, OR
  • Have a combination of professional work and university experience that totals at least four years.
Education Requirements
  • Self-study program (250 hours of study for each of the three levels),
  • Pass all three exams, AND
  • Four years of processional work experience in the investment decision-making process (accrued before, during, or after participation in the CFA Program).
Examination Type Three six-hour course exams
Continuing Education Requirements None
Verification, Complaints and Accreditation
Check Designation Status Online Online at Member Directory
Investor Complaint Process Online at Professional Conduct Program
Published List of Disciplined Designees None
Accredited By None