cfa© program interesting facts



CFA candidates

189,000 people registered for the June 2017 exam - a new record. 


exam pass rates

In 2017, the pass rates for the three exam levels were 43%, 47% and 54% respectively. 




global cfa charterholders

In 1963, the first CFA exam was held with 284 candidates. Today there are approximately 145,000 CFA charterholders around the world, 18% of which are female. 


cfa charterholder occupations

Many CFA charterholders occupy professions such as Portfolio Managers, Research Analysts, C-Level Executives, Consultants or Risk Managers.




going all the way...

Only 1 in 5 candidates becomes a CFA charterholder. This is a testament of the difficulty and the high degree of discipline needed to complete the Program. 


CFA© program vs mba

One way to explain the difference is to say that an MBA program is a mile wide and a foot deep, while the CFA© Program is a foot wide and a mile deep.