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CFA Exam registration procedure

The CFA program is a globally recognized, graduate level course that is focused on encompassing knowledge and skills to cater to the real world in analytics in investment, practical approach and portfolio management skills.

The CFA program comprises of three stages or levels. The three levels in CFA program are moulded to give a comprehensive foundation and knowledge required to excel in investment management and financial decision making. Each level is composed of a six hour exam. Completing the entire CFA Program is a difficult challenge and can extend from two to five years.

If you wish to enroll in the CFA program, then you have to complete CFA exam registration for the first exam. But before enrolling, you must make sure that you meet the minimum entrance requirements. The minimum CFA Charter requirement to enroll in a CFA program are:

  1. Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree

  • Or at the time of registration must be in the final year of the bachelor’s degree program.

  • Or should possess four years of professional work experience(not necessary that it should be investment related)

  • Or must have a combination of college experience and professional work, totalling to 4 years. Part-time positions are not considered. The four year total should complete prior to enrolment.

  1. Must understand the Candidate Responsibility Statement and Professional Conduct Statement.

  2. Must know English language. The exam is conducted in English language.

  3. Must have a valid international passport (The law prohibits residents of some countries to enrol for the program).

In order to complete the exam registration process, you must submit all the required information and documents such as education information, Professional Conduct Statement, candidate's electronic signature etc. and the required fees. You must complete your enrolment process in 30 days.

There are two components of CFA exam fees. The candidate is required to pay a one-time enrolment fee and a subsequent exam registration fee for each exam.

Program Enrollment Fee:

While registering for the first level CFA Program, the candidate has to pay a one-time enrollment fee. For the exam to be held in June 2015, the enrollment fee is US$ 450.

Exam Registration Fee:

The exam registration fee has to be paid only in US Dollars. This fee is non-refundable and non-transferrable. A reduced fee is applicable if you register early. There is a late fee of registration if the standard registration deadline is over.

Exam Registration Deadlines

All registration deadlines end at 11:59 pm ET. 6 June 2015 Exam (Levels I, II, and III)

Early registration fee

Deadline passed

(ended 24 September 2014)

Standard registration fee

US$ 825

(ends 18 February 2015)

Late registration fee

US$ 1,210

(ends 18 March 2015)

The exam registration fee includes

  • eBook offering the complete curriculum

  • Interactive study tool to guide and track the preparation

  • Topic wise practise tests

  • Mock Exams

  • Mobile study application giving access to everything mentioned above

The candidates who initially enroll for the CFA exam in the final year of the bachelor’s degree program, have to complete their degree to register for the Level 2 exam or gain work experience that fulfils the program’s entry requirement.

Below is the June 2015 Exam Calendar for all the three levels.

Exam Calendar (Levels I, II, and III)- June 2015

July 2014

June 2015 exam registration opens

24 September 2014

First (early) registration fee deadline

January 2015

Mock exams become available

2 February 2015

Awareness scholarship application deadline

18 February 2015

Registration (standard fee) deadline

18 March 2015

Final (late) registration fee deadline

Late March 2015

Final deadline for disability and religious alternate date accommodation requests to be received by CFA Institute

20 April 2015

Test centre change request deadline

Early May 2015

Exam admission tickets become available

6 June 2015

Exam day

June–July 2015

Exams graded

Late July 2015

Level I and II exam results available

Early-Mid August 2015

Level III exam results available

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