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Chartered Association of Alternative Investments

Do you want to advance your finance career with a globally recognised qualification? CAIA is for finance professionals looking to demonstrate their expertise in alternative investments.

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About CAIA®

If you want to develop the knowledge and skills required to work in alternative investments, then you’ll benefit from studying the CAIA Charter, from the CAIA Association. It’s highly respected and frequently used as the benchmark of analysis, application and standards of practice in the alternative investments industry.

CAIA is split into two levels, which are updated regularly to include comprehensive and relevant content. They consider global perspective, professional conduct, and incorporate issues of professional ethics. We provide training for both levels and our study options are tailored towards different learning styles, time commitments and budgets.


CAIA Charterholders globally


of candidates earn their CAIA charter in 12 to 18 months


hours of study per level

CAIA is made up of two levels:

The first level of CAIA introduces you to the foundations and environment of alternative investments, including quantitative foundations, statistical foundations, measures of risk and performance, foundations of financial economics, benchmarking and performance attribution, alpha, beta, and hypothesis testing, and regression, multivariate, and nonlinear methods.

You will complete an exam covering all of these topics at the end of level 1. CAIA recommends spending a minimum of 200 hours of study time for each level. To be awarded the CAIA charter, you should continue your studies with level II.

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The second level takes a deeper look at the areas introduced in Level 1, including asset allocation and institutional investors, private equity, real assets, commodities, hedge funds and managed futures, and structured products.

CAIA recommend spending a minimum of 200 hours of study time for each level. After you’ve passed both CAIA exams, and you have the relevant work experience, you’re eligible to apply to the CAIA Association and join a global community of over 10,000 CAIA Charterholders in more than 90 countries.

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Why study CAIA with Kaplan?

We provide a range of study options to give you maximum flexibility during your studies. As well as online learning, we are the only classroom provider in the UK. Our tutors are all CAIA charterholders that teach from experience. They offer support throughout the week and are contactable by email and phone. You will be supported with comprehensive Kaplan Schweser study materials and practice questions to help prepare you for exam success.

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    Get access to comprehensive Schweser study materials and practice questions.
  • Online study portal
    Stay on track with our online learning portal with excellent revision resources.
  • 100s of practice questions
    Get exam confident with testing at every stage of your studies, including hundreds of practice questions and marked mock exams that look like the real exams.
  • Pass commitment
    We’re so confident you’ll get results, our pass commitment will offset significant costs the second time around.
  • Flexibility
    Our package options are flexible enough to fit around your lifestyle, yet give you the support you need.
  • Only classroom provider in the UK
    We are the only provider of live classroom training in the UK.
Don't just take our word for it

“I studied with the ‘blended enhanced’ package which helped me pass both CAIA levels first time. The online system is user friendly and the calendar helped to plan my revision. The qbank was useful too as well as the practice tests. I would recommend Kaplan for preparing the CAIA chartership”

Agnes Maumus
Blended Enhanced package

Join us for an information session

Before committing to the CAIA program and choosing your training provider we would like to invite you to one of our live, online information sessions or you can choose to watch a recorded webinar. During the session, hosted by one of our CAIA tutors, you will receive:

  • A presentation about the CAIA program including structure, benefits and costs
  • An overview of all our packages as well as a demonstration of some of the key online resources available
  • A recommended study approach
  • Answers to any of your remaining questions

You can register by completing the form and selecting a date and time.

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CAIA Level 1

Full level (all subjects):

£820 — £1,684

(Inc. VAT where applicable)

CAIA Level 2

Full level (all subjects):

£820 — £1,870

(Inc. VAT where applicable)

CAIAA does not endorse, promote, review or warrant the accuracy of the products or services offered by Kaplan Financial, nor does it endorse any pass rates claimed by the provider. CAIAA is not responsible for any fees or costs paid by the user to Kaplan Financial nor is CAIAA responsible for any fees or costs of any person or entity providing any services to Kaplan Financial. CAIA®, CAIA Association®, Chartered Alternative Investment Analystâ„ , and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association® are service marks and trademarks owned by CHARTERED ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENT ANALYST ASSOCIATION, INC., a Massachusetts non-profit corporation with its principal place of business at Amherst, Massachusetts, and are used by permission.