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Certificate in ESG Investing

Interested in accelerating your career? With the Certificate in ESG Investing, you can master real-world investing skills, incorporating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors in your skillset.

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Certificate Overview

The CFA Institute Certificate in ESG Investing offers you both practical application and technical knowledge in the fast-growing field of ESG investing — an opportunity to both accelerate progress and demonstrate purpose.  

The certificate and learning materials were developed by leading practitioners for practitioners, and have been recognized by the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), an independent body that seeks to encourage investors to use responsible investment to enhance returns and better manage business risks. 

The Certificate in ESG Investing is owned, administered, and awarded globally by CFA Institute having previously been developed and awarded by CFA Society UK.

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Exam Format

The CFA Institute Certificate in ESG Investing exam:

  • Consists of 100 standard multiple choice and item set questions
  • To be completed within 2 hours and 20 minutes
  • Administered in person at test centers in select markets*
  • Online proctoring is available, depending on local regulations and system capability 

*ProProctor remote proctoring for CFA Institute Certificate in ESG Investing is not available in all markets at this time. Please check if remote examination or a physical test center is available in your area before registering.

Exam Fees, Costs, and Scheduling

Exam Registration Fee

USD 675

You can register for the Certificate in ESG Investing, USD 675. When you register, you may choose to purchase a hard copy of the syllabus (the Official Training Manual) with registration for an additional USD135 + shipping.

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Once registered, you will have up to one full year to schedule your exam with Prometric. We recommend beginning to study before scheduling. Then depending on your study pacing, schedule your exam one month prior to your desired exam period. At a minimum, allow 2 working days after receiving your registration confirmation to schedule your exam.

If you do not schedule your exam within this period, you may re-register for USD 675.

Who Should Register?

This certificate is designed for investment practitioners who want to learn more about how to analyze and integrate material ESG factors into their day-to-day roles. It is suitable for anyone working in front or back offices and adjacent roles — including sales and distribution, wealth management, product development, financial advice, consulting, risk — as well as anyone looking to improve their understanding of ESG issues.

We recommend you have a strong foundational knowledge of the investment process, whether achieved through formal qualification like CFA® Program, or through experience.

Is the Certificate in ESG Investing available globally?

We are introducing the product on a market-by-market basis. This certificate is currently not yet available in a number of markets, including mainland China.

At this time, the exam is administered in person at test centers in the markets listed here. Online proctoring is also available, depending on local regulations and system capability.

To determine the availability of specific test centers, please search using Proscheduler.

Additional ESG-related content including webinars, reports and more can be found online: CFA Institute and China Live.

Study Time

We recommend you devote about 130 hours of study time to achieve the Certificate in ESG Investing. Feedback from certificate graduates shows that experienced professionals may only need around 100 hours to study for this exam.

When you register, you will gain access to the following resources:

  • the syllabus
  • digital version of the curriculum
  • self-assessment questions
  • a mock exam

Certificate Testimonials

The curriculum is broad and covers all the key elements. The result is a qualification that starts the journey into ESG investing, a segment that is evolving quickly and will form a key part of our investment future.

Caroline S., Head of Fund and Asset Management

Information for candidates previously registered with CFA Society UK

From 1 September the Certificate in ESG Investing has transferred ownership and administration from CFA Society UK to CFA Institute. If you registered with CFA Society UK before 31 August 2021 please click on the link below for exam scheduling information. 

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