Chartered Financial Analyst Program (CFA)
The Chartered Financial Analyst Program is a professional certificate offered by the American-based CFA institute which is earlier known as the association for investment management and research (AIMR) for investment and financial professionals. A candidate who qualifies the program and meets other professional essentials is awarded as the “CFA charter”.
The CFA exams are considered to be extremely hard-won. It covers a wide range of topics relating to investment management, financial analysis, stocks, bonds, and derivatives, and advanced knowledge of other areas of finance.
A candidate must satisfy the following requirements to become a charter holder:
- Have four years of qualified work experience ( a combination of education and work experience acceptable by the CFA Institute). However, individual level exams may be written prior to satisfying this requirement;
- Complete the CFA Program;
- Become a member of the CFA Institute and apply for membership to a local CFA member society;
- Follow the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct.
The CFA Program takes an average of four years for candidates to complete the program.