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CFA Institute Investment Foundations Program is a free, fully-online certificate program. It covers the essentials of finance, ethics, and investment roles, providing a clear understanding of the global investment industry.
This zero-cost, online learning experience is designed for anyone who wants to enter or advance within the investment management industry, including IT, operations, accounting, administration, and marketing.
Candidates who successfully pass the online exam earn the CFA Institute Investment Foundations Certificate, demonstrating a mastery of core foundational principles of the investment profession.
You have 180 days from the date of registration to successfully complete the program by passing the online exam. Once you have registered, you must meet the following requirements in order to unlock and take the final examination:
Wait at least 30 days from the time of registering
Obtain a score of 70 or better on Mock Exam A
Obtain a score of 70 or better on Mock Exam B
Each registration allows you two attempts to pass. You may repeat the exam without re-registering as long as it is within the 180-day window. You can only register twice in a 12-month period.
The final examination is a Multiple Choice exam including 100 questions to be completed in 100 minutes.
Upon successfully passing the final examination, candidates can claim a digital badge and a print certificate. Successful Investment Foundations certificate holders are also eligible for waivers and continuing education credits.