CFA charterholders earn an astounding 54% more than their peers (Russel Reynolds Study).
According to CFA Institute, Top employers of CFA charterholders include JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse.
The CFA Program, offered by CFA Institute, is a globally recognized, graduate level curriculum that provides skills required for a rewarding career in the investment industry. Level II CFA® Exam is at an advanced level as compared to Level I CFA® Exam.
After completing and passing the CFA program, one will be able to bridge the gap between academic theory and subsequently assess current industry practices, and learn ethical and professional standards to provide a strong foundation of advanced investment analysis and real-world portfolio management skills.
Candidates for the CFA Program include students entering the investment field, professionals aiming to increase their expertise and marketability, and people making a career change into the investment profession from other disciplines.
According to Bob Johnson, former deputy CEO of the CFA Institute "…that's a sign of growing interest in the certification by employers, and the greater availability of training at colleges." Find below a list of CFA work roles:
Minimum Eligibility: The candidate should have passed Level I CFA® Exam
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 calendars below provide approximate timelines. You may register for one exam at a time. Once you have received your exam results, you may register for the next one.
|June 2016 Exam Calendar (Levels I, II, and III)|
|July 2015||June 2016 exam registration opens|
|Upon registration||Topic tests are available|
|28 September 2015||Early registration fee deadline|
|15 January 2016||Mock exams become available|
|1 February 2016||Awareness scholarship application deadline|
|17 February 2016||Registration fee deadline|
|16 March 2016||Late registration fee deadline|
|21 March 2016||Final deadline for disability and religious alternate date testing accommodation requests to be received|
|19 April 2016||Test center change request deadline|
|Early May 2016||Exam admission tickets become available|
|4 June 2016||Exam day|
|June–July 2016||Exams graded|
|July 2016||Level I and II exam results become available.|
|August 2016||Level III exam results become available.|
*Please check with the CFA Institute website so as to confirm the above info in case of any changes.
The curriculum for the CFA program is based on a candidate body Of knowledge established by CFA Institute.
|Topic Area||Weightage (%)|
|Finance Reporting & Analysis||15-25|
|Portfolio Mgmt & Alt. Invest||5-10|
|Ethical & Professional Standards||10|
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The only pre-requisite is to have a degree. For further information please contact the CFA® Institute
The Level II CFA® Exam is a six hour exam with 120 multiple choice questions(20 item sets in total with around 6 questions).
It is possible to complete the CFA program in two years, if you start studying in August and take the first level in December, followed by the second level in June and the third level the following year. This is obviously contingent on passing each level first time. On average it takes three to four years to complete the full program.
CFA focuses on knowledge in investment while an MBA program will cover many topics related to management studies.
You can be assured of improved job opportunities with Investment Banks, Private Equity firms and Wealth Advisory firms with an astounding 54% more than your peers. (*Russel Reynolds Study)
Candidacy in the CFA Program is separate from membership in CFA® Institute. You have to submit an application for membership.
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