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Exam Overview

The CIPM® Program uses a self-study model that can be tailored to fit your schedule. The program has two levels; exams for both are offered in March and September. Successful candidates report studying an average of 155 hours per exam. CIPM exams are administered in approximately 400 local test centers in 80 countries.

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Exams That Evolve in Complexity

As you pursue your investment performance evaluation certification, it’s important to understand the different exam levels. Level II of the curriculum builds on Level I and increases in complexity. Level II also contains all manager search and selection content. The chart below explains the differences between each exam so you can prepare accordingly.
Level I Level II
Exam Structure 100 questions 80 questions
Exam Length 3 hours 3 hours
Question Format Multiple-choice Scenarios and multiple-choice
Results Availability Within 60 days of taking the exam Within 60 days of taking the exam
Focus The Level I exam emphasizes the conceptual foundations of performance measurement, attribution, appraisal, and presentation, as well as the GIPS standards. This level is weighted more heavily on performance measurement and attribution. The Level II exam emphasizes performance appraisal and manager selection, including application of the appropriate tools and inputs in more complex investment decision-making situations.
Pass Rate 42% 44%
Resources Level I Quick Start Guide  Level II Quick Start Guide

Exam Breakdown CIPM I and II

 Exam Page Exam Page Time Allotted on Screen 
Section: Candidate Confirmation Details 1 minute
Section: Non-Disclosure Agreement 2 minutes
Section: Introduction & Tutorial 16 minutes
Section (1 of 3): Exam Content  180 minutes
Section (1 of 3): Exam Content  1 minute
Section (3 of 3): Survey Section 9 minutes
Section: Finish
1 minute

Keep Track of Important Exam Dates

Both levels of the CIPM exam are offered each March and September. Use the calendar below to view upcoming exams and other important dates leading up to the exam. CFA Institute reserves the right to prematurely close registration and scheduling dates as conditions warrant.

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2024 March CIPM Exam Dates
16 - 31 March 2024
March 2024Level I
2024 March CIPM Exam Dates
16 - 31 March 2024
March 2024Level II
2024 September CIPM Exam Dates
16 - 30 September 2024
September 2024Level I
2024 September CIPM Exam Dates
16 - 30 September 2024
September 2024Level II
  • Registration and Scheduling Opens

    1 September 2023Level I

  • Registration and Scheduling Opens

    1 September 2023Level II

  • Exam Registration Closes

    31 January 2024Level I

  • Exam Registration Closes

    31 January 2024Level II

  • Exam Registration Opens

    1 March 2024Level I

  • Exam Registration Opens

    1 March 2024Level II

  • Exam Scheduling Opens

    1 March 2024Level I

  • Exam Scheduling Opens

    1 March 2024Level II

  • Exam Window Opens

    16 March 2024Level I

  • Exam Window Opens

    16 March 2024Level II

  • Scheduling Deadline

    23 March 2024Level I

  • Scheduling Deadline

    23 March 2024Level II

  • Exam Window Closes

    31 March 2024Level I

  • Exam Window Closes

    31 March 2024Level II

  • Exam Results Available

    Mid-May 2024Level I

  • Exam Results Available

    Mid-May 2024Level II

  • Early Registration Deadline

    31 May 2024Level I

  • Early Registration Deadline

    31 May 2024Level II

  • Pay by Invoice Deadline

    31 May 2024Level I

  • Pay by Invoice Deadline

    31 May 2024Level II

  • Exam Registration Closes

    31 July 2024Level I

  • Exam Registration Closes

    31 July 2024Level II

  • Exam Window Opens

    16 September 2024Level I

  • Exam Window Opens

    16 September 2024Level II

  • Exam Scheduling Closes

    22 September 2024Level I

  • Exam Scheduling Closes

    22 September 2024Level II

  • Exam Window Closes

    30 September 2024Level I

  • Exam Window Closes

    30 September 2024Level II

  • Exam Results Available

    Mid-November 2024Level I

  • Exam Results Available

    Mid-November 2024Level II

Exams Offered Internationally

The CIPM exams are offered at many Prometric test centers around the world. After you register, you can schedule your own exam appointment ̶ through your CFA Institute account ̶ at your preferred test center. To find availability, select the start and end date for your desired exam window.

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Program Fees

When you register for your first CIPM exam, you will be enrolled in the program. The cost of the exam depends on when you register. There are no entrance requirements*, but during the registration process, you must agree to the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct.

All fees shown are net of any local Value-Added Tax (VAT), Goods and Services Tax (GST), Sales Tax or any similar  tax payable by the candidate in their country of residence. Where CFA Institute is required to collect such taxes at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the fees shown during the payment/checkout process.

For information about taxability related to online purchases from CFA Institute, please visit our Tax Policy page.

Early Registration Fee

USD 475

The early registration period applies from 1 September through 30 November.

Standard Registration Fee

USD 675
The standard registration period applies from 1 December through 31 January.

Early Registration Fee

USD 475

The early registration period applies from 1 March through 31 May.

Registration will open 1 March.


Standard Registration Fee

USD 675
The standard registration period applies from 1 June through 31 July.
*Residents of certain countries may be prohibited from participating.

CIPM Exam Study Support

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Learning Ecosystem

Access an online learning program with the complete curriculum, custom lessons, personalized study plans, a mock exam and more.

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Exam Prep Providers

Get extra study support through our expert exam prep providers.

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LinkedIn Group

Connect with CIPM candidates and designation holders with the CIPM LinkedIn group.

Understanding Your Results

CIPM exams are graded as either “pass” or “did not pass,” along with detailed performance feedback. Candidates who pass Level II receive their performance management certification. Check out the link below for information on pass rates, how to track your performance, and more details on how we evaluate exams.

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Advance Your Career

Earn the CIPM designation to deepen your knowledge and increase your professional value. First time registrants must enroll in the CIPM Program. Click on the link below, create an account, and gain access to everything you need to prepare for the CIPM exam.

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The CIPM Program is not yet offered globally. We are working to expand the certificate into additional markets. At this time, for example, we are not able to test candidates on mainland China. We are working with local regulators to obtain approval to test candidates in the region. Once approval is obtained, we will update this notice.  Please review the complete list of test center locations before registering.
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