Enrollment Requirements

To become a CFA candidate, you must enroll in the CFA Program® before you can register for the Level I Exam.

CFA Program Entrance Requirements

  1. Meet one of the following entrance requirements:
    • Bachelor’s Degree
      I have completed a bachelor’s degree or equivalent program. Most CFA Program applicants have the education to enroll in graduate studies in the country where they earned their degree. If you’re not sure if your program is comparable, ask your college or university.
    • Final-Year Student
      I am a student in the final year of my bachelor’s degree or equivalent program. I understand that I may register for the Level I Exam, but I must complete my degree program prior to registering for Level II.
    • Professional Experience
      I have a combination of four years of full-time work experience and/or higher education. I understand that part-time work does NOT qualify me for this track, but that my full-time work does not need to be investment related.
  2. Have an international travel passport CFA Institute requires that every CFA Program candidate have a valid international travel passport to register and sit for the exam.
  3. Be prepared to take the exams in English

    The CFA Program exams are only offered in English.

  4. Meet the professional conduct admission criteria All candidates in the CFA Program must complete a Professional Conduct Statement form to attest that they are in compliance with this requirement.
  5. Live in a participating country There are some countries that CFA Institute cannot work with. Be sure your country is not excluded from participation in the program. 

Read more CFA Program policies

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