Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)


The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®), from CFA Institute, credential sets the standard as the most highly respected designation in the investment management profession. As a CFA® charter holder, you will have the knowledge and the skills to thrive in the competitive investing industry.
The CFA® charter gives you expertise and real-world skills in investment analysis. The CFA Program provides a strong foundation in advanced investment analysis and real-world portfolio management skills.


Continuing Education Department

Whom the program is for?

Portfolio and wealth managers, investment and research analysts, professionals involved in the investment decision-making process, and finance students who want to work in the investment management profession.

Entry criterion:
You must have one of the following:
  • A bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree (or be a final-year student of a bachelor’s program)
  • Have a combination of four years (or 48 months) of full-time work experience

A minimum of three years to complete three exams (Level I, II, and III), assuming four-year work experience requirement is already met.

Programme content:

Following core curriculum topics are covered in three levels (weight may vary across three levels)

  • Ethical and Professional Standards
  • Quantitative methods
  • Economics
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Corporate Finance
  • Equity Investments
  • Fixed Income
  • Derivatives
  • Alternative Investments
  • Portfolio Management and Wealth Planning
Examining Authorities

CFA Institute

CFA professional scheme:

The CFA Program includes the foundational knowledge that firms expect as well as the critical advanced investment analysis and portfolio management skills that are needed in investment management today. CFA update its curriculum regularly, so it reflects modern financial practices. CFA candidates can bring what they have learned through the CFA Program to real-world scenarios.

Additional opportunities

Industry Practitioner Input at Every Stage

CFA curriculum is developed through an Education Advisory Committee that includes industry practitioners, security market regulators, university faculty, and policymakers. Involving financial thought leaders helps ensure that CFA provides the skills the industry wants. This approach, known as Program Practice Analysis process, plays a key role in establishing the CFA Program as the global gold standard of investment credentials.

Knowledge that Evolves with Industry Needs

CFA Institute researches and identifies trends that significantly affect the investment industry. These insights inform updates to CFA curriculum to reflect current practices and help charterholders succeed in a constantly changing profession.

CFA Program Benefits
Demonstrating Your Expansive Knowledge and Skills

Designed with your future in mind, the CFA Program provides a strong foundation in advanced investment analysis and real-world portfolio management skills. Ongoing input from industry experts ensures that the curriculum remains relevant and prepares charterholders to enter today’s market.

Relevant in a Variety of Career Paths

CFA charterholders occupy a range of investment decision-making roles, typically as a research analyst or portfolio manager. CFA charterholders go on to enjoy lifelong careers in asset and wealth management, investment banking, commercial banking, and consulting, alongside a diverse range of career paths in-and-outside the industry.

Value in an Evolving Industry

As a globally recognized credential in the investment management profession, earning the CFA charter demonstrates to employers that you have the knowledge and commitment to thrive in today’s complex and evolving investment industry. The CFA designation is a mark of distinction, and investment firms know it represents a higher standard.

Exams and registration with CFA:
  • Level I – Computer based exam from year 2021 – February / May / August / December (exam window of 7 days).
  • Level II and III - June
CFA website:
CBFS Contact Details
  • Dr. Ahmed Al Abdali – Director, Continuing Education Department
    Tel: 22059825
  • Dr Vidya Suresh, Academic program coordinator for CFA institute programs
    Tel: 22059844
  • Mr. Ahmed Al Raisi – coordinator, Continuing Education Department
    Tel: 22059826
  • Mr. Ahmed Al Wardi – Admin Assistant, Continuing Education Department
    Tel: 22059827