CFA Exam Registration Quick Facts


  • You must meet certain education and/or work experience requirements to sit for the CFA exam.
  • CFA exam registration is a two-step process: register for your CFA exam window and self-schedule your CFA exam date.
  • Each level of the CFA exam is only offered in exam windows 2-4 times per year.
  • You must schedule your CFA exam by the exam scheduling deadline.
  • The CFA exam one-time enrollment fee is $450.
  • Each CFA exam has a standard registration fee of $1,000.


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CFA Level I Exam Registration Procedure

There are 5 steps you must follow to ensure you properly register for the CFA Level I exam. Once successfully registered, start studying with one of Wiley’s CFA Level I Review Courses. Our Access Until You Pass guarantee means your course has no expiration date and you’ll be upgraded to the latest course content for free.

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1. Meet Education and Experience Requirements

You can meet the education and experience requirements to register for the Level I CFA exam based on one of the following three paths.

  • Have a bachelor’s degree
    Equivalent programs are also acceptable, and comparability can be confirmed by your college or university.
  • Be in the final year of your degree program
    You can take the Level I CFA exam within 11 months or less of your planned graduation date for your bachelor’s degree or equivalent program. However, you must complete your degree before taking the Level 2 exam.
  • Have 4,000 hours of professional work experience and/or higher education
    Education and/or work experience must be obtained over a minimum of three consecutive years, and education and work experience cannot overlap.

2. Have Proper Identification

You must have a valid international travel passport to enroll in and register for the CFA exam.

3. Sign the Professional Conduct Statement

Complete the CFA Professional Conduct Statement and declare your compliance with this requirement.

4. Enroll in the CFA Program and Register for the Exam

CFA exam registration is a two-part process. First, you will need to enroll to take the CFA exam on the CFA Institute website and pay the one-time $450 enrollment fee and the exam registration fee ($700 for early registration or $1,000 for standard registration). Second, you will need to self-schedule your exam.

5. Self-Scheduling CFA Exam

After you enroll in the CFA Program and register for your Level I exam window, you will need to self-schedule your exam by the scheduling deadline. This can be done via your CFA Program Tile. If you need to reschedule your exam to another date within your exam window, you have approximately two months after the scheduling deadline to do that.

You will only schedule one exam at a time and there is no minimum timeframe that you have to complete all three exams (in fact, most CFA candidates take 4-5 years to pass all three levels of the CFA exam).

6. Plan to Pass the CFA Exam with Wiley

Once your exam is scheduled, it’s time to study. And with over 300 hours of study time ahead of you, you want to make sure you have an efficient plan that will keep you on track. Wiley’s CFA Program Exam Review courses give you a personalized, adaptive study plan with lessons taught by acclaimed CFA Program experts. Get access to mock exams that mimic what you’ll encounter on exam day and thousands of practice questions with detailed answer explanations.

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CFA Level II Exam Registration Procedure

There are 4 steps you must follow to ensure you properly register for the CFA Level II exam. Once successfully registered, start studying with one of Wiley’s CFA Review Courses. Our Access Until You Pass guarantee means your course has no expiration date and you’ll be upgraded to the latest course content for free.

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1. Pass Level I and Meet Education and Experience Requirements

You must pass Level I of the CFA exam to register for the Level II exam. And if you qualified for the Level 1 exam by being in the final year of your degree program, you will need to complete your degree before sitting for the Level II exam.

2. Have Proper Identification

You must have a valid international travel passport to register for the CFA exam.

3. Register for the Exam

Level II CFA exam registration is a two-part process. First, you need to register for the exam and pay the exam registration fee ($700 for early registration or $1,000 for standard registration). Second, you will need to self-schedule your exam.

4. Self-Scheduling CFA Exam

After you register for your Level II exam window, you will need to self-schedule your exam by the scheduling deadline. This can be done via your CFA Program Tile. If you need to reschedule your exam to another date within your exam window, you have approximately two months after the scheduling deadline to do that.

5. Plan to Pass the CFA Exam with Wiley

The Level II CFA exam is more challenging than Level I because it introduces vignette-supported multiple-choice questions and tests application and analysis skills. On average, candidates that passed the Level II CFA exam in June 2019 studied for 328 hours. Make the most of your study time by using Wiley’s CFA Program Exam Review study material that adapts to your strengths and weaknesses and gives you manageable 30-45-minute bite-sized lessons.

Pass the first time with Wiley’s CFA Level II Review Courses.

CFA Level III Exam Registration Procedure

There are 4 steps you must follow to ensure you properly register for the CFA Level III exam. Once successfully registered, start studying with one of Wiley’s CFA Review Courses. Our Access Until You Pass guarantee means your course has no expiration date and you’ll be upgraded to the latest course content for free.

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1. Pass Level II and Meet Education and Experience Requirements

You must pass Level II of the CFA exam to register for the Level III exam. You must also meet minimum education and/or work experience requirements to sit for the Level I and Level II exams.

2. Have Proper Identification

You must have a valid international travel passport to register for the CFA exam.

3. Register for the Exam

Level III CFA exam registration is a two-part process. First, you need to register for the exam and pay the exam registration fee ($700 for early registration or $1,000 for standard registration). Second, you will need to self-schedule your exam.

4. Self-Scheduling CFA Exam

After you register for your Level III exam window, you will need to self-schedule your exam by the scheduling deadline. This can be done via your CFA Program Tile. If you need to reschedule your exam to another date within your exam window, you have approximately two months after the scheduling deadline to do that.

5. Plan to Pass the CFA Exam with Wiley

The Level III exam is often considered the hardest of the three exams, and it introduces vignette-supported open-ended answer formats. In 2019, candidates that passed the Level III exam spent an average of 344 hours studying. Make the most of your study time by using Wiley’s CFA Program Exam Review that adapts to your strengths and weaknesses and gives you access to expert mentors and thousands of practice questions with full answer rationales.

Pass the first time with Wiley’s CFA Level III Review Courses.

Registering for the CFA Exam in a Different City

Due to limited testing centers and seat availability caused by the pandemic, some candidates must register for the exam in a different city. Many candidates have chosen to go this route. The CFA Institute acknowledges that this is not ideal, and it has been challenging to address this issue, but many candidates have gone through this and will continue to go through this as the pandemic evolves, local mandates change, and outbreaks of new variants occur.

Rescheduling the CFA Exam

If you have to reschedule your CFA exam

If you need to reschedule your exam to another date within your exam window, you have approximately two months after the scheduling deadline to do that. However, you will have to pay a $250 rescheduling fee. This charge was temporarily reduced to $25 for 2021 exams, but that adjusted pricing does not apply to 2022 exams. Rescheduling can be done on your CFA Program candidate tile.

If your exam gets rescheduled

If your exam needs to be rescheduled due to pandemic restrictions, weather, local situations, or another event, you will be assigned a different exam date at your same testing location. If there are no open appointments at your location, you will be rescheduled to a testing center within a 50-mile radius of your original center.

If you can’t make your rescheduled exam appointment, you can contact Prometric at 1-800-310-6402 or 443-751-4833. If your exam is cancelled because there is no test center within a 50-mile radius, you can contact CFA Institute for more options and to see if you are eligible to reschedule to another exam window.

What to Expect After Submitting the Application

Once you register for the CFA exam, you will be able to move forward with self-scheduling your exam date via your CFA Program tile.

CFA Exam Registration Fees & Deadlines in 2022

CFA Exam Enrollment Fee

The first time you register for the Level I CFA exam, you will need to pay a one-time enrollment fee of $450.

CFA Exam Level I Fees & Deadlines

The Level I CFA exam early registration fee is $700. Once the early registration date has passed, the standard registration fee is $1,000. If you need to reschedule your exam, you will have to pay a $250 fee and can only reschedule to another date in your exam window.

Early Registration: $700
Standard Registration: $1,000
Rescheduling Fee: $250

2022 Level I CFA Exam Deadlines

  • February 15-21, 2022
    • Early Registration Deadline: Passed
    • Standard Registration Deadline: Passed
    • Scheduling Deadline: Passed
    • Rescheduling Deadline: Passed

  • May 17-23, 2022
    • Early Registration Deadline: Passed
    • Standard Registration Deadline: Passed
    • Scheduling Deadline: Passed
    • Rescheduling Deadline: April 16, 2022

  • August 23-29, 2022
    • Early Registration Deadline: Passed
    • Standard Registration Deadline: May 3, 2022
    • Scheduling Deadline: May 25, 2022
    • Rescheduling Deadline: July 23, 2022

  • November 2022
    • CFA Institute has not yet announced November 2022 exam dates and deadlines.

CFA Exam Level II Fees & Deadlines

The Level II CFA exam early registration fee is $700. Once the early registration date has passed, the standard registration fee is $1,000. If you need to reschedule your exam, you will have to pay a $250 fee and can only reschedule to another date in your exam window.

Early Registration: $700
Standard Registration: $1,000
Rescheduling Fee: $250

2022 Level II CFA Exam Deadlines

  • February 22-26, 2022
    • Early Registration Deadline: Passed
    • Standard Registration Deadline: Passed
    • Scheduling Deadline: Passed
    • Rescheduling Deadline: Passed

  • August 30-September 3, 2022
    • Early Registration Deadline: passed
    • Standard Registration Deadline: Deadline: May 3, 2022
    • Scheduling Deadline: May 25, 2022
    • Rescheduling Deadline: July 30, 2022

  • November 2022
    • CFA Institute has not yet announced November 2022 deadlines.

CFA Exam Level III Fees & Deadlines

The Level III CFA exam early registration fee is $700. Once the early registration date has passed, the standard registration fee is $1,000. If you need to reschedule your exam, you will have to pay a $250 fee and can only reschedule to another date in your exam window.

Early Registration: $700
Standard Registration: $1,000
Rescheduling Fee: $250

2022 Level III CFA Exam Deadlines

  • May 24-26, 2022
    • Early Registration Deadline: Passed
    • Standard Registration Deadline: Passed
    • Scheduling Deadline: Passed
    • Rescheduling Deadline: April 23, 2022

  • August 30-September 6, 2022
    • Early Registration Deadline: passed
    • Standard Registration Deadline: Deadline: May 3, 2022
    • Scheduling Deadline: May 25, 2022
    • Rescheduling Deadline: July 30, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here are quick answers to some frequently asked questions about CFA exam registration.

  • You can register for the May 2022 CFA Level I exam between July 20, 2021 – February 8, 2022. You can register for the August 2022 CFA Level I exam between October 26, 2021 – May 3, 2022.
  • After you enroll in and register for the CFA exam, you will need to self-schedule your exam via your CFA Program tile. You can also reschedule your exam by the rescheduling scheduling deadline if needed.
  • Yes. The digital CFA Program curriculum is provided to candidates when they complete exam registration. Print copies are available for purchase. Purchase the CFA Program Curriculum now.
  • $700 – $1,000. The early registration fee for each CFA exam is $700, and the standard registration fee is $1,000. You will also have to pay a one-time $450 enrollment fee the first time you register for the Level I CFA exam.
  • CFA registration does not expire. Candidate exam results also do not expire. Candidates can take as long as they need to pass all three exams but are limited to six attempts per exam, and they can only take two exams per year.