The Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) credential has become the most respected and recognized investment designation in the world; enrolling in the CFA Program is your first step toward earning this qualification.
The CFA Program curriculum covers concepts and skills you will use at all stages of your career, bridging academic theory, current industry practice, and ethical and professional standards to provide a strong foundation of advanced investment analysis and real-world portfolio management skills.
What Candidates and Charterholders Are Saying
Hear what CFA Program candidates and charterholders think about the CFA Program and the value of the CFA charter:
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Why CFA Program?
While most graduate school programs cover a broad range of topics, the CFA Program focuses specifically on investment knowledge. In addition, the self-study format allows you to continue working full time while you earn the charter.
CFA candidates surveyed in June 2013 highly value earning the CFA charter, with an average value rating of 8.9 out of 10. Over one-third of them cited career advancement as the primary reason they chose the CFA Program (PDF).
Employers recognize the CFA charter as a reliable way to differentiate the most qualified and determined job applicants, frequently listing the CFA charter as a requirement for certain positions. They know that the CFA Program provides the skills needed to succeed in the workplace and that earning the CFA charter demonstrates the persistence, flexibility, and hard work required of today’s investment professionals.
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