Every CFA charterholder is required to annually sign a statement declaring adherence to the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct.

Knowledge and Experience

Every CFA charterholder has at least four years of qualified industry experience and has passed 18 hours of rigorous examinations.

Global Relevance

The CFA charter has become the global professional investment credential. There are CFA charterholders in more than 130 countries, with increasing demand worldwide for the CFA program.


The CFA designation is a mark of distinction that is globally recognized as the definitive standard by which to measure serious investment professionals. The Economist has called the CFA credential the “gold standard” of the investment industry.