The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) is a professional designation not merely an academic qualification. It means that in addition to acquiring the required knowledge (as outlined in CFA® Candidate Body of Knowledge), you would need to meet equally important certain minimum relevant experience and ongoing ethical conduct and professional development requirements.

Your CFA® designation would rest on four pillars:

  • Prior education and/or professional experience;
  • Passing scores in all three levels of the CFA® program; and
  • 48 months of qualifying experience; and
  • Continuous compliance with the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct

Prior education and/or professional experience

The CFA® program sets certain minimum entry requirements which you must meet before you can embark on your CFA journey. These broadly include a requirement to have a bachelors degree and/or 48-months of sequential combination of college education and/or paid full-time professional experience. The following flowchart would help you decide whether you meet the entry requirements:

Completing the CFA® program


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