The CFA® Program is the most prestigious investment designation in the world. It has been described by The Economist as “the gold standard” and by the Financial Times as a “passport to a career in international finance”. By participating in the CFA® Program, candidates develop skills in various investment areas such as portfolio management, financial reporting and analysis, financial derivatives, equities and fixed income securities.
2. What are the entrance requirements for the CFA® Program?
In order to enter the CFA Program, you must:
have a bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree; or
be in the final year of a bachelor's degree program at the time of registration; or
have four years of qualified professional work experience; or
have a combination of professional work and college experience that totals at least four years. Part-time positions do not qualify, and the four-year total must be accrued prior to enrollment.
3. How long does it take to earn the CFA® charter?
In order to earn the CFA® charter, you must pass all three levels of the program. Each level consists of a six-hour exam. There is no limit to the number of times you can take each exam. For each level, you can expect to prepare for at least six months (or on average about 300 hours). Candidates take an average of four years to successfully complete the program. In addition to passing the three levels, in order to earn the charter you must:
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