Objectives and advantages
What is the Chartered Financial Analyst® Programme?
The Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) qualification is administered by the CFA Institute in the USA and is promoted as the industry standard for professionals working in the financial services industry.
The CFA® qualification is one of the most highly respected and valued qualifications available internationally. In both developed and emerging markets, the CFA® designation is recognised as a symbol of professional excellence.
CFA® candidates and charter holders reside in more than 150 countries throughout the world.
Gaining such a qualification is evidence that the holder possesses skills and knowledge that are in high demand by employers in the securities markets, banking, corporate finance, fund management, insurance and investment advice.
What are the benefits of holding the CFA charter?
The CFA® Programme is a comprehensive programme in investment management skills.
It takes the candidate to advanced levels in a variety of subjects such as:
Regulation of investment management services
How long does it take to gain the CFA?
There are three examination levels, which must be passed sequentially. The exam sittings are annual, in early June. Additionally, the Level 1 exam may be taken in December. It is possible to sit the December exam in Warsaw. There are no exemptions and only one level may be taken at a time. Candidates should expect to complete the programme in two and a half or three years assuming first time passes for each exam.
CFA Institute does not require candidates to complete the CFA® Programme within a specified time frame. Nor does CFA Institute limit the number of times candidates may sit for each exam level or require candidates to repeat an exam level that they already have passed, regardless of the time elapsed between exams.