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CFA® Program

The Chartered Financial Analyst Program

Do you strive to be more successful in your career? The program is the gold standard in finance credentials, designed for experienced finance professionals wanting to take their career to the next level.

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About the CFA Program

Earning the CFA charter is the ‘gold standard’ and can set you apart from the crowd. It proves that you have a thorough understanding of financial markets, and high levels of professionalism and ethics. It also demonstrates your drive for success and excellence.

The CFA Program is made up of three levels, each building on the knowledge and skills you developed in the previous level.

The CFA Institute recommends a minimum of six months of study for each level, which works out as 300 hours. Most learners take around four years to become a charterholder.

To study, you will need to have a Bachelor's degree, or be completing the final year of your degree. Alternatively, you could have four years of relevant qualified work experience, or have a combination of both.

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We offer a number of flexible study packages to suit your learning preferences, from classroom to distance learning.


hours of study per level

4 years

average time to complete


charterholders globally

The CFA Program is made up of three levels:

The first level introduces you to the key areas that provide a framework for making investment decisions. These include: ethical and professional standards, economics, quantitative methods, financial reporting and analysis, corporate finance, equity investments, fixed-income investments, derivatives, alternative investments, portfolio management and wealth planning.

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The second level builds on the subject areas studied in Level 1, emphasising the application of investment tools and concepts with a focus on the valuation of all types of assets.

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The final level of the CFA Program is the most challenging and will explore advanced techniques with an emphasis on Portfolio Management and Wealth Planning.

Once you’re qualified, you can apply to become a CFA charterholder. You could work in roles such as research analyst, risk manager, financial advisor, client reporting analyst, distribution executive (investment management), investment compliance analyst, and investment consultant.

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Free 7 day CFA Distance Learning Trial

If you’ve been thinking about Distance Learning for CFA, you can try out our free trial. All you need to do is sign up, and you’ll be given access to some of the real study materials our students work with.

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Why study the CFA Program with Kaplan?

When studying with us, you can be confident that we’ll give you everything you need for the best chance of passing. Our study materials are designed by experts, and work seamlessly together, giving you the best possible learning experience. Our tutors are also here to help you succeed. They’re here for any questions or worries you might have.


  • Over 30 years of experience
    We have over 30 years of teaching experience with the largest global network of tutors who are charterholders and know the syllabus inside out.
  • Flexible study options
    Our study tools are flexible enough to fit around your lifestyle. From online to classroom, we give you all the support and materials you need to succeed.
  • Pass Protection
    We know the exams are tough but we're here to help you every step of the way. Should you need a second chance we'll put you back on track with our pass commitment.
  • 1000s of practice questions
    Get exam confident with testing at every stage of your studies, including 1000s of unique practice questions and mock exams that will help you feel prepared for the real exam.

Join us for an information session

Before committing to the CFA Program and choosing your training provider, we invite you to one of our Live Online information sessions or you can choose to watch a recorded webinar. Hosted by a CFA tutors, you will receive:

  • An overview of how we can help you pass first time
  • A comparison of our study packages
  • A demonstration of some of the key online resources
  • Answers to all your questions
  • Trial access to the Schweser online study portal (available with the Live Online information session only)

Register now for a free information session

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Are you ready for the challenge?

Are you thinking about studying the CFA Program? Why not take our quiz and see if you have what it takes.
We'll assess your financial maths and reporting and recommend your next steps.

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CFA Program courses

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CFA Level 1
Level 1 CFA®

Full level (all subjects):

£820 - £2,490

(Inc. VAT where applicable)

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ACA Advanced Case Study resit course
Level 2 CFA®

Full level (all subjects):

£820 - £2,946

(Inc. VAT where applicable)

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CFA Level 3
Level 3 CFA®

Full level (all subjects):

£820 - £3,090

(Inc. VAT where applicable)

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