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CFA® Program

Yemisi Alese

The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program is the most respected and recognised investment credential in the world and provides you with a strong foundation of the real-world investment analysis and portfolio management skills you need in today’s investment industry. It also emphasises the highest ethical and professional standards.

Earning the CFA charter demonstrates the persistence, flexibility and hard work required of professionals for today’s fast-evolving global financial industry.

CFA Qualification at a glance

CFA at a glance
Course structure 3 levels passed sequentially
Course completion time Between 2 - 5 years
Examination method Paper-based examination
Entry requirements Bachelors degree or in the final year of degree or have 4 years of professional work experience (doesn't have to be investment related)
Understand professional conduct requirements
Have a valid international travel passport
Be prepared to take the exams in English
Available locations London, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Frankfurt
More about the CFA® course locations >

Curriculum

Level Subjects covered Exams

Level I

  • Ethics
  • Quantative Techniques
  • Economics
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Corporate Finance
  • Portfolio Management
  • Equity
  • Fixed Income
  • Derivatives
  • Alternative investments

June & December

Multiple choice questions

Level II

  • Ethics
  • Quantative Techniques
  • Economics
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Corporate Finance
  • Equity
  • Alternative investments
  • Fixed Income
  • Derivatives
  • Portfolio Management

June

Item set

Level III

  • Ethics
  • Behavioral Finance
  • Portfolio Management
  • Economics
  • Asset Allocation
  • Equity
  • Alternative Investments
  • Risk Management
  • Derivatives
  • Performance Evaluation and GIPS

June

Item set and essay questions

Details of the full curriculum and content of each level can be found on the CFA Institute's website alongside the weighting for each topic area.

Candidates must take responsibility for their own enrolment on the exams and details of the process, deadlines and exam fees can be found on the CFA Institute's website.


CFA Institute does not endorse, promote, or warrant the accuracy or quality of the products or services offered by Kaplan Financial. CFA Institute, CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are trademarks owned by CFA Institute.







Key info


Levels available:

Level I
Level II
Level III


Course start dates: flexible with early start options available

Exams: December (Level I only) or June

Study options: evening, weekday and weekend. Timetables >

CFA® Program - What is the Chartered Financial Analyst Course?