Getting started with the Chartered Financial Analyst program
Four easy steps to become a Candidate in the CFA Program
Find out about the program
Make sure you know what you’re getting into as a candidate in the program and what opportunities you’ll get out of it as a CFA charterholder once you’ve completed the program.
– Course of study
Is this the program for you?
Not everyone is ready to enter the CFA Program. But if you’re an investment professional planning to advance your career, this could be the right step.
• Review the program entrance requirements, including educational background and professional conduct
• Find out why current charterholders went through the program
• Learn about the jobs that benefit from the experience that comes with a CFA charter
What’s the first step?
You’ve decided to enter the CFA Program. Now what?
• Review the fees: Confirm that you’re ready to pay the one-time program enrollment fee and the registration fee for your first exam
• Learn more about scheduling: Find out how long it will take and when you should sign up
• Prepare for your exam: Remember to plan on at least 250 hours of study time (plenty of tools to help you prepare)
• Enroll in the program and register for exams online
1. Fulfill the entrance requirements. You must:
• Have a US. bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree, be in the final year of your bachelor’s degree program, or have four years of qualified, professional work experience or a combination of work and college experience that totals at least four years
• Meet the professional conduct admission criteria (during the application process, you will be asked to sign statements of Professional Conduct and Candidate Responsibility)
• Be prepared to take the exams in English
2. Sign up for your first exam. Registering for the first exam also enrolls you as a candidate in the CFA Program. Requires one-time program enrollment fee in addition to exam registration fee.
Please check the official website for more information on the above: http://www.cfainstitute.org/cfaprog/index.html or www.cfainstitute.org