Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association®

Welcome, CAIA Charter Candidate!

By registering for the CAIA exam, you have taken a major step in your alternative investment education.  According to 2013 Candidate Survey data, more than 95% of Level I and II candidates rated themselves as somewhat or very knowledgeable about alternative investments after studying for the CAIA exam.  In an increasingly competitive environment, mastery of the broad array of alternative investments distinguishes CAIA Charter Holders from other investment professionals.  If we can be of assistance to you at any time throughout your candidacy, please contact us at

Fall Exam Registration is Open.

Level 1 Exam: September 14-25, 2015

Level 2 Exam: September 7-18, 2015

Curriculum Materials

The CAIA Curriculum materials are the candidate's best source of information regarding what content is eligible to be tested on the CAIA exams.

CAIA Curriculum
CAIA Study Guides

Global Test Centers

CAIA exams are administered in computerized format exclusively at proctored Pearson VUE test centers around the globe.

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Once you have received your registration confirmation, schedule your exam.

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Exam Information and Fees

On the path to becoming a CAIA Charter Holder, candidates must pass both the CAIA Level I and Level II exams.

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CAIA Exams

Membership Requirements

To become a CAIA Charter Holder, candidates are required to do the following:

1) Pass both the CAIA Level I and Level II exams.

2) Hold a bachelor’s degree, or the equivalent, and have more than one year of professional experience, or alternatively have at least four years of professional experience. Professional experience is defined as full-time employment in a professional capacity within the regulatory, banking, financial, or related fields.

3) Agree on an annual basis to abide by the Member Agreement.

4) Provide two (2) professional references.

5) Submit payment for the annual CAIA Association membership fee. Membership is the final requirement for individuals who wish to use the CAIA designation.


Benefit From Your Membership

Educational Resources - CAIA will help you remain at the forefront of developments in the field of alternative investments

• The Journal of Alternative Investments
• AllAboutAlpha’s Knowledge Base
• Alternative Investment Analyst Review

Credibility - The CAIA Charter distinguishes you from other capable alternative investment professionals. The CAIA Charter demonstrates your commitment to excellence, continuing education, and professional ethics in the field of alternative investments.

Marketability - After earning the CAIA Charter, many members attribute positive career-related events to CAIA. Members who attribute such successes to CAIA report the following:

• Over 40% of new members were contacted by executive recruiters.
• Over 30% of new members obtained new positions within 12 months of earning the CAIA Charter.

Leverage - Network with CAIA’s global community of over 6,000 members in 80 countries who represent hundreds of employers.

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