The CFA designation is recognized as the definitive standard for measuring competence and integrity in the fields of portfolio management and investment analysis. The CFA curriculum develops and reinforces a fundamental knowledge of investment principles. The three levels of examination verify a candidate's ability to apply these principles across all areas of the investment decision-making process. The program's professional conduct requirements demand that both CFA candidates and charterholders adhere to the highest standards of ethical responsibility.
How To Get It:
The program is administered by the CFA Institute (formerly known as the Association for Investment Management and Research, or AIMR).
You Should Know:
Following an extremely rigorous self-study curriculum of a suggested 750-hour minimum, candidates must complete all three levels (I, II and III) by passing a series of three six-hour exams over a minimum two-year period. The program covers ethical and professional standards, as well as analysis methods and valuation metrics used across the entire range of securities, including alternative an derivative investments; financial statement analysis; quantitative methods; economics; corporate finance; portfolio management; and performance measurement.