The CFA® program

The Gold Standard for the Investment Profession

What’s Next for the CFA Program

Upcoming enhancements to the CFA Program aim to further solidify its position as the premier credential across the investment industry. Explore each of the six updates to learn what the changes willmean for candidates, employers, and the future of the CFA Program. Learn more 



First awarded in 1963, the CFA® charter is the designation of professional excellence within the global investment community. The CFA Program offers a truly global educational challenge where you'll build a fundamental knowledge of investment principles that is relevant in every market around the world.

Why the CFA Program?

  • The CFA Program curriculum covers concepts and skills you will use at all stages of your career.
  • The self-paced, online format makes it easier for you to continue working while you complete the program.
  • Completing the CFA Program shows employers and clients you have mastered a broad range of practical portfolio management and advanced investment analysis skills.

Who should apply?

Whether your interests lie in portfolio management, financial analysis, research, sales, or investment banking, the CFA Program's depth and breadth creates the foundation for exploring many career choices. Program is also an efficient way for finance students who want to improve their curricula.


Program scholarships contribute to our mission of promoting the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence. CFA Institute currently offers two types of scholarship opportunities. Find out more

Learn more about the Program on the CFA Institute website