CFA Level I

The CFA® Program is administered by CFA Institute and sets international standards for the investment industry.

Edge provides tuition support for CFA students.The CFA Institute provides the accreditation. CFA students are required to register with CFA Institute for exams.

You can contact CFA Institute via their website www.cfainstitute.org and enrol online.

If you decide to join us at Edge for classes, there will be two fees.

Fee 1: This is the fee paid directly to CFA Institute. This is paid to enable the candidate to be a part of the CFA® Program and to write the CFA® exams. First time candidates have to pay an additional enrolment fee.

Fee 2: This is the fee paid to Edge. This fee is for face-to-face classes, online classes, revision classes, exam classes and ALL your study notes and summaries.

What do I need in order to enroll in the CFA® Program?

  1. You need to have one of the following:
    • A bachelors’ degree, OR
    • Be in the final year of your bachelors’ degree, OR
    • Have 4 years of professional work experience (does not need to be in the investment field).
    • Have a combination of professional work experience + University experience that total 4 years.
  2. You must have a valid International Passport
  3. You must meet the required professional conduct criteria

Further information may be found on CFA Institute website www.cfainstitute.org

What is the quickest route to passing the exams?

Level I exams are written in June and December. Level II and Level III exams are written only in June. Level I and Level II examinations are multiple choice. Level III is 50% multiple choice and 50% constructed response (essays).

The quickest route to pass all the exams would be as follows:

  • Start the Program in July
  • Write and pass Level I in December
  • Write and pass Level II in June of the next year
  • Write and pass Level III in June of the following year

Which topics are covered in the CFA® Program?

The following major topics are covered:

Which topics are covered in the CFA® Program?
The following major topics are covered:

  1. Ethics
  2. Quants
  3. Economics
  4. Financial Reporting and Analysis (Accounting)
  5. Equities
  6. Fixed-Income
  7. Derivatives
  8. Corporate Finance
  9. Portfolio Management
  10. Alternative Investments

What type of work will the CFA® Program prepare me for?
The following occupations are performed by CFA® Charterholders:

  • Portfolio Manager
  • Research Analyst
  • Risk Manager
  • Financial Advisor
  • Corporate Financial Analyst
  • Relationship Manager

How many people pass CFA Institute exams?
December 2017 pass rate

  • Level I:     43%

June 2018 pass rates

  • Level I:     43%
  • Level II:    45%
  • Level III:   TBA

How much time must be invested to study each CFA® level?
The most common answer to this question is in excess of 300 hours.

Edge FIT is a private educational institution with a proud track record of providing outstanding tuition to persons studying for qualifications and professional designations.

Edge FIT provides tuition support for all 3 levels for the CFA® Program.

Edge FIT is an approved prep provider for CFA Institute, and has been providing support for CFA® Program candidates since 2014.

When learning at Edge FIT, upon passing, you earn more than the CFA® Charter – you connect with experienced industry professionals and create a network that enables you to become a game changer.

Edge FIT lives by the values of Responsibility, Integrity, Passion, Community and Legacy, and encourage our candidates to live by the same values. At Edge FIT, we do not simply believe and teach these values – we demonstrate them through all our endeavours.

Our program co-ordinator, Russell Jude, is dedicated to the running of the best CFA® Program in South Africa and constantly strives to make this a reality for all candidates studying with us. He may be contacted at info@edgefit.co.za

CFA Institute does not endorse, promote, or warrant the accuracy or quality of the products or services offered by Edge Business School.

CFA Institute, CFA®, and Chartered Financial Analyst® are trademarks owned by CFA Institute.

  • Peter Chiwandamira Level II – Edge student
    I sat for the Level II exam in June and having attended lectures at Edge I must say I am more than happy with the material and support received from the staff at Edge. What made a difference - was the last month/weeks of preparation. Russell put in a lot of time and effort in putting it all together and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend prospective candidates. See you in Level III!
    Peter Chiwandamira Level II – Edge student
  • Ricardo Cassola Level I – Edge student
    From the beginning the staff has been efficient and timely from the registration period and throughout. Edge is central and is equipped with all the necessary resources to provide the scholar with best tools to study. The classes are small, which offers the pupils the attention and focus needed to excel. Another aid in this characteristic is the fact that most candidates voluntarily study at Edge, which establishes a more attractive environment to study. In my opinion, the most important aspect to consider is the ability of the teachers to pass on the information to the pupils. All the lecturers that taught me showed to be knowledgeable in their areas of expertise and managed to transmit their knowledge to me. The classes were interactive, to the point and enlightening. Edge has been the perfect business school for me. My needs were met in a delightful environment with the appropriate mechanisms to allow me to reach my academic goals.
    Ricardo Cassola Level I – Edge student
  • Yonatan Carno Level II – Edge student
    The lecturer’s passion, dedication and deep understanding of the work being taught has beyond impressed me. Being at Edge has inspired me to only strive for the best! Thank you Russell for all your hard work time and effort, I don't know what batteries you put in every morning but they must be super powerful! 😜 You really good lecturer and role model for all candidates and we lucky to have you as a lecturer. Looking forward to CFA Level II and III.
    Yonatan Carno Level II – Edge student
  • Henry Biddlecombe CFA(R)
    The most valuable aspect to me was the quality of the lecturers, with Russel and his team taking a genuine and active interest in each candidate. Our progress was consistently assessed, and any weaknesses were identified and addressed to ensure the best level of preparedness for the exam. Although the CFA curriculum is designed for self-study, being part of the Edge classes and sharing the journey with other candidates made the experience more enjoyable and less lonely! I would thoroughly recommend the Edge program to any CFA candidate who is serious about getting through each level 1st time around.
    Henry Biddlecombe CFA(R)
  • Martin Steenkamp CFA (R)
    Edge Business school provided me with the necessary structure and support throughout my studies. The strict schedule, comprehensive lectures and peer support gave me a solid foundation to help me prepare in every way possible for the exams.
    Martin Steenkamp CFA (R)
  • Naim Kadar Level I – Edge student
    Edge has given me a clear advantage to the CFA curriculum, small classes, ongoing support and extensive mock exams toward exam preparation. Edge CFA classes is a tremendous assistance toward success in the CFA exams.
    Naim Kadar Level I – Edge student
  • Vera Van Wyk Level I – Edge student
    The staff from the admin to lecturers are always helpful. Classes are small enough so you can have one on one. Whenever a question is asked, lecturer are well equipped to answer or come back to you with an answer very quickly. I loved classes with Milica-the pictures and examples made work very easy to remember.
    Vera Van Wyk Level I – Edge student
  • Mathew Friend Level II – Edge student
    EBS is a fantastic college that has state of the art technology in the classrooms and the best CFA lecturers that have vast experience in the topics of CFA. The lecture team is led by the amazing and experienced Russell Jude. The amount of time and effort that Russell puts into the study materials for CFA and candidates is phenomenal.
    Mathew Friend Level II – Edge student
  • Yaglin Pillay Level I – Edge student
    Through my experience at Edge Business School, from undergrad to participating in the CFA® Program, Edge Business School lecturers have a unique approach to individually assessing student problems and assist with problem solving on a one on one basis should the need arise. The personal touch of lecturers to candidates with regards to lectures, proves passion and dedication.
    Yaglin Pillay Level I – Edge student
  • Jacqui Moyo Level II – Edge student
    Since my first classes at EBS for CFA Level I I’ve enjoyed the culture of diversity and the feeling that I'm part of a family at Edge; this isn't  just between the candidates but with the lecturers and staff as well. When I moved on to the next level I knew and mentioned to my work colleagues that I would only consider studying at Edge because I felt that my chances of success would be so much better. I still feel that way today...
    Jacqui Moyo Level II – Edge student
  • Smanga Nxumalo Level I – Edge student
    Edge is a real game changer, one of if not the best institution for finance in South Africa at the moment. Pair Edge with the CFA® Program, one of the most prestigious finance designations in the world and you have yourself an endless flow of value in your pocket. Portable power I call it. My experience with the CFA® Program and Edge has been the best decision I have ever made. It is a no brainer, unbelievable experience that I will never forget and the value I take with me is really breath taking. Sometimes I say things I didn't even know I knew.
    Smanga Nxumalo Level I – Edge student
  • Nic Du Toit Level II – Edge student
    They have ample years of industry and tuition experience and ensured to keep even the most boring and tedious topics relevant with practical examples. I would highly recommend their comprehensive and well-structured Program to anyone registered for the CFA Level I- III examinations in order to save time, energy, and keep stress-levels under control.
    Nic Du Toit Level II – Edge student
  • Odwa - CFA Level II student
    Thanks to the Edge Fit team of lecturers and administrators. You've made my CFA Level II journey a pleasant one through all your hard-work and guidance, I am glad to say I have now cleared Level II. I am looking forward to the early start Level III lectures. Best Wishes!
    Odwa - CFA Level II student