How to Cite a CFA on a Resume

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How to Cite a CFA on a Resume
Cite your CFA status in a separate section. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

The Chartered Financial Analyst designation is awarded by the CFA Institute to professionals who have four years of qualified investment work experience, become members of the organisation, pledge to adhere to its code of ethics and professional conduct standards, apply for membership to a local CFA member society and complete the CFA Program. When you are job hunting, having a professional resume is important considering it is the first thing companies see. Citing your CFA designation on your current resume can set you apart from other job seekers.

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  1. 1

    Add a section on your resume that include other information such as affiliations, awards and languages you might know. You can call this section Other Data, Interests or Activities as well as listing them under their own category if you have a great deal of information.

  2. 2

    Include your CFA exam status or results under a section titled Accreditations. If you are in the middle of completing the exam, write which level you have currently passed and include the date, "Passed Level I of CFA Exam in 2001." If you are done with the exam list the date you completed it.

  3. 3

    Do not cite the CFA completion date if it didn't happen yet. Simply note you are a candidate in the CFA program and include what level. The same rules apply when you have not fully acquired your CFA charter yet. State you have passed all three levels but are still a candidate for the charter.

Tips and warnings

  • Always capitalise CFA and make sure it doesn't appear larger than the rest of the text.

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