ABOUT CFA® PROGRAM

The Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) Program is a globally recognized professional certification program for finance and investment professionals, administered and awarded by the American-based CFA Institute. The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) credential is the most respected and recognized investment management designation in the world. The program focuses on the global investment management profession from the standpoint of a practitioner. It provides the strongest foundation in advanced investment, analysis, and real-world portfolio management skills along with the practical knowledge you need in today’s investment industry. This globally recognized professional certification program is held by over 150,000 investment professionals across 163 countries. In 2018, more than 300,000 candidates took the CFA exam worldwide.

ENTRY REQUIREMENT

To become a CFA Program candidate, you must have

  1. A valid international travel passport.
  2. Meet one of the following criteria:
    • a. Have a bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree or
    • b. Be in the final year of a bachelor’s degree program or
    • c. Have four years of professional work experience (need not to be investment related) or
    • d. A combination of professional work experience and education that totals at least four years.
  3. Be prepared to take the exams in English.
  4. Meet the professional conduct admission criteria.

PRACTICAL WORK EXPERIENCE

A minimum of three years (36 months) of experience in evaluating or applying financial, economic, and/or statistical data as part of the investment decision-making process; supervising persons who conduct such activities; or teaching such activities. For a position to qualify, at least 50% of your time should be spent directly involved in the investment decision-making process or producing a work product that informs or adds value to that process. Work must be fulltime and can be earned before, during, or after participation in the CFA Program. Managing your own investments or the investments of your family or friends (without compensation) does not qualify.

COURSE STRUCTURE

Intake Period
February Intake: August Exam
May Intake: November Exam*
August Intake: February Exam
November Exam: May Exam*
Duration
5 – 6 months per level
Study Mode
– KL Face-to-face*
– Blended Online**
* KL Face-to-face study mode available for November and May exam only
** Blended Online study mode available for every exam sittings
  • • Tools & Concepts that apply to investment valuation and portfolio management
  • • Basic concepts regarding assets classes, securities and markets
  • • CFA Institute Code of Ethics & Standards of Professional Conduct
Intake Period
November Intake: May Exam
February Intake: August Exam*
Duration
5 – 6 months per level
Study Mode
 – KL Face-to-face*
 – Blended Online**
* KL Face-to-face study mode available for August exam only
** Blended Online study mode available for every exam sittings
  • • Application of tools and concepts of investment valuation
  • • Industry and Company Analysis
  • • Analysis of investment vehicles and instruments
  • • CFA Institute Code of Ethics & Standards of Professional Conduct
Intake Period
May Intake: November Exam
November Intake: May Exam*
Duration
5 – 6 months per level
Study Mode
– KL Face-to-face*
– Blended Online**
* KL Face-to-face study mode available for May exam only
** Blended Online study mode available for every exam sittings
  • • Tools & Concepts that apply to investment valuation and portfolio management
  • • Management of specific asset class portfolios
  • • CFA Institute Code of Ethics & Standards of Professional Conduct

Contact Hours

KL Face-to-face
Blended Online
Core Classes
80 – 120 hrs
Videos & 18 – 24 hrs
Tutorial*
Intensive Revision Course
24 – 30 hrs
24 – 30 hrs*
Mock Exam
12 – 18 hrs
12 – 18 hrs
Progress Test
1.5 – 3 hrs
*Tutorial and Intensive Revision Course will be conducted via Zoom

EXAM STRUCTURE

The level I exam consists of 180 multiple choice questions:

  • • First session (2 hours, 15 minutes): 90 multiple choice questions, covering all topics
  • • Second session (2 hours, 15 minutes): 90 multiple choice questions, covering all topics

The level II exam consists of item set questions consisting of 20-30 vignettes with accompanying items

  • • The computer-based version will be approximately 4.5 hours

The level III exam consists of 10-15 item set questions and constructed response (essay) questions:

  • • The computer-based version will be approximately 4.5 hours
CFA Exam Topic Area Weight
Topic Area Level I (%) Level II (%) Level III (%)
Ethical & Professional Standards 15-20 10-15 10-15
Quantitative Methods 8-12 5-10 0
Economics 8-12 5-10 5-10
Financial Reporting & Analysis 13-17 10-15 0
Corporate Finance 8-12 5-10 0
Portfolio Management 5-8 10-15 35-40
Equity Investment 10-12 10-15 10-15
Fixed Income 10-12 10-15 15-20
Derivatives 5-8 5-10 5-10
Alternatives Investment 5-8 5-10 5-10
Total 100% 100% 100%

IMPORTANT PROGRAMME DATES

Date
Description
June 2020
February 2021 exam registration opens
Upon Registration
Practice questions and tests (mock exams) available
August 2020
Early registration fee deadline
August 2020
Paid by invoice deadline
December 2020
Registration window closes
December 2020
Scheduling window closes
January 2021
Rescheduling window closes
23 February – 1 March 2021
Exam window
April 2021
Exams results
Date
Description
August 2021
May 2021 exam registration opens
Upon Registration
Practice questions and tests (mock exams) available
November 2020
Early registration fee deadline
November 2020
Paid by invoice deadline
February 2021
Registration window closes
March 2021
Scheduling window closes
April 2021
Rescheduling window closes
May 2021
Exam window
June 2021
Exams results

COURSE FEE

Noesis’ Level I/II/III CFA Program Course Fees (Payable to Noesis)
1) KL Face-to-face Mode Fees
Registration Fee
RM500 (One-off)
Course Fee: Core + Revision Course
RM6,500 per level
Course Fee: Revision Course only
RM3,500 per level
2) Blended Online Mode Fees
Registration Fee
RM500 / SGD160 / VND2.8m (One-off)
Course Fee: Core + Revision Course
RM3,900 / SGD1,300 / VND8.4m per level
Course Fee: Revision Course only
RM2,100 / SGD700 per level
*Qualified for EPF Education Withdrawal and HRDF claimable for Malaysian only

EXAM FEE

CFA Program Fees (Payable to CFA Institute)
Exam Period Program Enrolment
(new candidates only)
Early Registration Standard Registration
Feb 2021 USD 450 USD 700
(end by 13 Aug 2020)
USD 1,000
(end by 7 Dec 2020)
May 2021 USD 450 USD 700
(end by 3 Nov 2020)
USD 1,000
(end by 23 Feb 2021)
Aug 2021 USD 450 USD 700
(end by 2 Feb 2021)
USD 1,000
(end by 4 May 2021)
Nov 2021 USD 450 USD 700
(end by 4 May 2021)
USD 1,000
(end by 10 Aug 2021)

* Program fees are subject to change.

UNIVERSITY DISCOUNT

University Discount List for Year 2020/2021 (KL & SG)
40%

TARUC, Monash University

30%

University of Nottingham
Sunway University

20%

RMIT, UTAR, HELP, MMU, UiTM

10%

Singapore Management University, University of Warwick, Curtin University, Nanyang Technological University, University of London, University of Melbourne, UM, UNITEN, UUM, INTI

LECTURER PROFILES

Noesis prides itself on the quality of its lecturers across all programs.
The profile of some of our CFA Program lecturers are below:

TIMETABLE

Click to see full timetable for CFA program.

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