CFA Program Credentials
>> CFA Program is a professional credential offered by the CFA Institute (formerly AIMR) to investment & financial professionals and students
>> The CFA Program Certification has three different Levels CFA Level I, CFA Level II and CFA Level III
>> Level I exam is available in June & December each year. Level II & III exams are available in June each year.
>> CFA Program charter holder membership requirements are 48 months of acceptable professional work experience and passing the Level I, Level II, and Level III exams
>> Global Recognition: With a six-decade history of maintaining a rigorous focus on globally relevant investment knowledge, the CFA Program is the most widely known and respected investment credential in the world.
>> Career Advantage: Employers recognize the CFA Program charter as the definitive standard by which to measure the competence, integrity, and dedication of serious Finance Professionals.
>> Practical Skills: The CFA Program curriculum focuses on the practical knowledge and current real-world skills necessary in the global investment management profession. These skills are immediately useful on the job.
>> Community: Earning the CFA Program charter places you in the company of an elite group of more than 90,000 respected investment professionals. Access to their collective expertise, networks, and resources is an invaluable asset. Source CFA Institute Website.
>> To get the charter: Four years of qualified, professional work experience, in addition to passing the level I CFA exam, Level II CFA exam and Level III CFA exam
>> The curriculum for the CFA program is based on a Candidate Body Of Knowledge established by CFA Institute. The curriculum comprises the topic areas below, and there are three exams (levels) that test the academic portion
>> All three levels have a strong emphasis on Ethics, while the material differences among the exams are:
>> CFA Level I Exam has a strong emphasis on Financial Reporting and Analysis(20%), Ethics(15%) , Quantitative Methods(12%), Fixed Income(12%) and Economics(10%)
>> CFA Level II Exam covers a significantly larger syllabus and focuses more on Equity Investments(20-30%) and Financial Reporting and Analysis(15-25%)
>> CFA Level III Exam is largely essay-based and focuses more on Portfolio Management(45-55%) and Fixed Income Securities(10-20%)
No of Questions
Multiple choice vignette style
50% essay type, 50% multiple choice
Ethical and Professional Standards (total)
Financial Reporting and Analysis
Investment Tools (total)
Asset Classes (total)
Portfolio Management and Wealth Planning (total)
>> Minimum Eligibility: A final year graduate can appear for the Level I CFA exam.
>> Candidates for the CFA Program include students entering the investment field, professionals increasing their expertise and marketability, and people making a career change into the investment profession from other disciplines. Source CFA Institute Website
FEES & Registrations
Dec 2013 Level I CFA Exam
Program enrollment (new candidates only)*
*A candidate pays the Program enrollment fees only once. **The exam registration fees also include the complete curriculum and one mock exam per level. Top of Form
Returning candidates do not need to pay the program enrollment fee.
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