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Attain your CFA® Charter with Support from CFAW

CFA® Program

Administered by CFA Institute, the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) Program is a graduate-level, self-study curriculum and examination program for investment specialists.

Established in 1962, the CFA Program sets the global standard for investment knowledge, standards, and ethics. Earning the credential can serve as a passport to entry or advancement within the investment profession around the world. The designation tells clients, employers, and colleagues that the charterholder has mastered a rigorous curriculum covering a broad range of investment topics and that he or she is committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards in the profession.

Our society encourages members to attain the CFA charter and supports candidates by facilitating exam study groups, offering scholarships, and exclusive discounts on preparatory programs.

Hear from charterholders who successfully completed the CFA Program:


The administration of the CFA Exam is computer-based for all levels. Registration is a two-step process. First, you will register for your exam window, then schedule your actual exam appointment. Each exam will be offered in scheduling windows of up to ten days, based on location.

2024 Exam Schedule

Level I: February, May, August, November
Level II: May, August, November
Level III: February, August


CFA® Program Enrollment Cost: $350

Exam Registration (Level I, II, or III):

Early registration fee: $940
Standard registration fee: $1250

Full Details & Registration

Need financial assistance?

We’ve got you covered.

CFA Institute offers select candidates a limited number of exam scholarships which can help defray the cost of the exam. Find out how you can apply today!

Access Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded annually by the CFA Institute according to a variety of factors, including financial need, academic and professional accomplishments, contributions to the local community, and personal characteristics that indicate the individual is driven to become a CFA charterholder.

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CFA Exam Prep

CFA Society of Washington, DC is proud to work with Kaplan Schweser, the preferred exam prep provider by CFA candidates, under a long-term strategic partnership, offering candidates flexibility in their individual study programs and access to the latest technology in CFA® exam preparation.

CFA Society Washington, DC candidates save 10% on select Schweser instruction and study tools.

CFA Society Washington DC partners with Kaplan Schweser

Study Packages

Study Packages

Each Kaplan Schweser study package provides step-by-step guidance with the instruction, practice, and study tools you need to efficiently and successfully prepare for the CFA exams. In addition, you have the ability to get your questions answered by expert instructors and to interact with other CFA candidates through the exclusive Kaplan Schweser Community.  Choose from three package options to best fit your study needs.

    • Ultimate Package: an all-inclusive study package featuring the popular SchweserNotes™ (print, digital, and audio formats), a Live Online Masterclass, integrated quizzes, and study tools, a Live Online Review Workshop, mock exams, including the ability to take a mock exam at an official Prometric testing center, and more
    • Premium Package: a comprehensive study package that includes the popular SchweserNotes™ (print and digital formats), an OnDemand Masterclass, integrated quizzes and study tools, an OnDemand Review Workshop, mock exams, and more
    • Essential Package: a budget-friendly study package that contains the popular SchweserNotes™ (online format), an OnDemand Masterclass, integrated quizzes and study tools, mock exams, and more
Ultimate Package Premium Package Essential Package
Study Notes
    • SchweserNotes™
Digital, printed, audio Digital, printed Digital
    • Masterclass
Live Online or OnDemand OnDemand OnDemand
    • Module Videos

    • CFA Institute Question Review Videos

    • Review Workshop
Live Online or OnDemand OnDemand
    • Level II Item Set Workshop
Live Online
    • Level III Essay Workshop
Live Online
    • Secret Sauce®

    • Flash Cards

    • Mock Exams
6 exams 6 exams 4 exams
    • Prometric In-Center Mock Exam

    • SchweserPro™ QBank

    • Interaction during class

    • Kaplan Schweser Community

    • InstructorLink

    • Performance Tracker

Pass Guarantee
    • Pass Protection

Find the right package for you

Study Materials

Supplement your exam preparation with proven study tools that can help you succeed on your exams.  These materials are included in most of the study packages listed above, or they can be purchased separately.

    • SchweserNotes™: essential study notes that cover every exam topic in the CFA curriculum with realistic examples and practice quizzes providing a focused and efficient exam prep experience
    • SchweserPro QBank: thousands of exam-like questions, custom quizzes, and tutorial videos with detailed explanations of the answers
    • Mock Exams: full-length mock exams that simulate the interface, format, and difficulty of the actual CFA exam
    • Flashcards: a portable study tool to test your knowledge of key concepts and retain vital information
    • QuickSheet: a compact study tool that summarizes key formulas, definitions, and concepts
    • Secret Sauce®: a concise review of the CFA® Program curriculum that provides insights and exam tips on how to effectively prepare and apply your knowledge on exam day

Study Materials For Your Exam

Classes and Workshops

Learn directly from expert instructors.  Choose between:

    • Masterclasses: in-depth lectures covering every topic in the CFA Program curriculum
    • Review Workshops: thorough curriculum review, extensive practice, and exam tips and strategies to help you complete your studies with confidence during the final weeks before the CFA exam

Select your exam window and level for more information.


Formal instructor-led classes are available from Kaplan Schweser in two formats—Live Online and OnDemand. Note that Masterclasses are included in each of the packages listed above.

With Live Online Masterclasses, you get:

    • 15 weeks of online classes
    • Recordings of each session in case you miss a class
    • Class workbooks
    • The ability to interact with instructors and fellow candidates

With OnDemand Masterclasses, you get:

    • 45 hours of online recorded classes
    • Class workbooks
    • The ability to interact with instructors and fellow candidates

Review Workshops

Review Workshops are available in two formats—Live Online and OnDemand. Review Workshops are included in the Ultimate and Premium packages listed above.

With Live Online Review Workshops, you get:

    • 5 days of instruction
    • OnDemand viewing available after each session
    • The ability to interact with instructors and fellow candidates
    • Schweser’s Secret Sauce®
    • Review Workshop workbooks

With OnDemand Review Workshops, you get:

    • 55 hours of review and question practice
    • The ability to interact with instructors and fellow candidates
    • Schweser’s Secret Sauce®
    • Review Workshop workbooks

Free Study Tools to pass the CFA exam

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