CFA®

Chartered Financial Analyst

Prepare yourself for a boundless career

If you are pursuing or aspiring for a career in investment management, financial analysis, corporate and investment banking, or financial consultancy, the CFA® designation is a gateway for your professional success.

The Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) credential is held by over 150,000 professionals around the world. The charter gives a strong understanding of advanced financial and investment analysis, multiple securities’ valuation techniques and real-world portfolio management skills.

The CFA Program is divided into three examination levels. Passing these exams is the most important step to becoming a CFA charterholder.

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Levels Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Topics covered
  • Ethical and professional standards
  • Quantitative methods
  • Economics
  • Financial reporting and analysis
  • Corporate finance
  • Portfolio management
  • Equity
  • Fixed income
  • Derivatives
  • Alternative investments
  • Ethical and professional standards
  • Quantitative methods
  • Economics
  • Financial reporting and analysis
  • Corporate finance
  • Equity valuation
  • Fixed income
  • Derivative instruments
  • Alternative investments
  • Portfolio management
  • Ethical and professional standards
  • Behavioral finance, individual investors, and institutional investors
  • Capital market expectations
  • Asset allocation
  • Fixed income and equity portfolio management
  • Alternative investments, risk management, and the application of derivatives
  • Portfolio: execution, evaluation and attribution, and global investment performance standards
Exam hours
  • Morning session: 3 hours from 9:00 – 12:00
  • Afternoon session: 3 hours from 2:00 – 5:00
  • Morning session: 3 hours from 9:00 – 12:00
  • Afternoon session: 3 hours from 2:00 – 5:00
  • Morning session: 3 hours from 9:00 – 12:00
  • Afternoon session: 3 hours from 2:00 – 5:00
Exam format
  • Morning session: 120 multiple choice questions
  • Afternoon session: 120 multiple choice questions
  • Morning session: 10 item sets* each followed by 6 multiple choice questions, making total of 60 multiple choice questions
  • Afternoon session: 10 item sets* each followed by 6 multiple choice questions, making total of 60 multiple choice questions
*Item sets are sometimes called “mini-cases.” Each item set on the CFA exam consists of a vignette (or case statement) and six multiple choice questions.
  • Morning session: Constructed response (essay) questions (usually between 8 and 12 questions, each with several subparts) with a maximum of 180 points. (The point value for each question is provided in the exam book.)
  • Afternoon session: 10 item sets* each followed by 6 multiple choice questions, making total of 60 multiple choice questions
Multiple choice questions (MCQs) 100% 100% 50%
Essay writing N/A N/A N/A
Exam schedule
  • 1st Saturday in June*
  • 1st Saturday in December (only in UAE)
*Exceptions apply in case of Ramadan
  • 1st Saturday in June*
*Exceptions apply in case of Ramadan
  • 1st Saturday in June*
*Exceptions apply in case of Ramadan

Schedule, dates and timing of upcoming batches for our CFA courses in Dubai

Classes will be held in Dubai Monday and Thursday from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm
Total number of sessions per batch: 33

How to become a CFA® Charterholder

  • Pass the CFA® exams
  • Complete education and work experience requirements
    • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
    • Four years of relevant work experience
  • Become a CFA institute member
    • You can become a member while you are in the process of getting the charter or wait until the end
  • Abide by the code of ethics
    • As a CFA Program candidate or CFA Institute member, you are required to abide by the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct
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Things you should know about the CFA exam

  • You cannot sit for next level before passing the previous level
  • Students may take the exam before graduating
  • The CFA Institute will email you your exam result and post it in your personal CFA Institute account approximately 60 days after the day of your test for Levels 1 and 2, and 90 days after the day of your test for Level 3
  • Each candidate who sits for a CFA exam is provided with a "pass" or "did not pass" exam result as well as detailed information on their performance
  • Performance reports are sent by email and show whether you scored <=50%, between 50%-70% or >70% for each section of the exam
  • Unsuccessful candidates are divided into ten equal bands; band 10 candidates will know they were in the decile of unsuccessful candidates that came closest to passing (i.e., top 10% of those who did not pass)
  • After candidates receive their exam result, they may register for the next exam

Your Investment

Achieving this milestone requires investment of time and money. We count on you for allocating the required time. As for money, Meirc stands ready to support with discounts and scholarships for certain eligible candidates. Call us to enquire about financial support.

Time
  • 3-4 years to complete three parts, on average
  • No time limit to complete all three parts
  • According to CFA Institute, candidates spend an average of 308 hours preparing for the exam, for each level
  • We suggest you start studying a minimum of 6 months before the exam
  • To allow for early preparation, Meirc will provide you with access to training material once you register
Fees
  • AED 9,000/- (Including VAT) for level 1
  • AED 9,900/- (Including VAT) for level 2
  • Includes
    • Study material
    • Live classes
    • Class refreshments and snacks

How can Meirc help you prepare for the CFA® exam

We are here to help you study at your own pace. Meirc offers multiple study options with one goal in mind, which is you passing the exam.

Live classes

Meirc looks forward to receive you as a participant in one of its scheduled batches, run by hand-picked subject matter experts, practitioners, and technical trainers in the field

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Self-study and access to study material

Meirc would guarantee providing finest books and backup learning tools to help you on passing the exam, even if based on self-study

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In-house

Meirc is willing to customize the learning experience to you and your team members right at your office premises, or in one of Meirc’s state-of-art training rooms

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Are you still unsure?

Deciding to earn the CFA qualification can be a life changing milestone that require strong commitment, but which can take your career to the next level. If you are still hesitant, or unsure about how to proceed, one of our experts can call you and discuss the qualification that best fits your profile, or simply fill out our Qualifications Selector tool and we will email you our recommendation.

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Chartered Financial Analyst

If you are pursuing or aspiring for a career in investment management, financial analysis, corporate and investment banking, or financial consultancy, the CFA® designation is a gateway for your professional success.

Professional CFA Training Courses in Dubai