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CFA® Level 1 Online Course

The CFA designation is the highest distinction in the investment management industry, opening doors to exciting career opportunities worldwide. Backed by BPP’s 20+ years of experience in CFA® exam preparation, StaySharp’s flexible, on-demand online CFA Level 1 course is designed to help you succeed in the first step on the CFA® Program and Build a strong foundation in investment analysis to develop into an effective investment professional.


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BPP's Achievement Ladder

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Mock Exam

Course Overview

Empower your investment career and achieve the CFA designation with StaySharp's proven online courses. Designed by industry experts, designed to work around your schedule and needs. We equip you with the in-depth knowledge, analytical skills, and practical insights to excel in all three program levels.

StaySharp gives you unlimited access to the full CFA level one programme from day one, so you’re in control of what you study and when – all in one simple subscription. Plus, with BBP’s step-by-step Achievement Ladder, revision notes practice questions and mock exams, you’ll have everything you need to excel at your exam.

Course Structure

The programe takes your through the 10 topic areas of CFA Level 1 starting off with the essential investment tools of an analyst including Quantitative Methods and Financial Statement Analysis before then looking at individual investment assets such as Equity or Fixed Income and the complexities around overall portfolio construction. Ethics, as with all 3 levels of CFA, is also an important area.

  • Ethical and Professional Standards
    Quantitative Methods
    Financial Reporting and Analysis
    Corporate Finance
    Portfolio Management and Wealth Planning
    Equity Investments
    Fixed Income
    Alternative Investments
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    Start your 14-day free trial
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    Study anytime, anywhere
    Get unlimited access to all your learning materials and resources from day one.
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    Stop and restart at any time
    Progress at your own pace. You'll only pay for as long as it takes you to pass.

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StaySharp puts you in control of how, where and when you study for your professional qualifications – all without the price tag of traditional learning providers. It’s studying that works around you, not the other way around. And it’s studying that works.

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Frequently asked questions.

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  • In general, it is required to have completed a bachelor's degree (or equivalent), or to have completed 4,000 hours of professional work experience. The CFA Institute also requires that candidates hold a valid passport to be able to sit the exam. Full details on enrolment requirements to register for the CFA Level I exam can be found on the CFA website.

  • All CFA Level 1 exams take the form of a computer-based test taken at designated test centers.  

    The exam consists of 180 questions spread over two sessions. The total test time is four and a half hours and there is an optional 30-minute break.

  • The CFA Program offers four windows to complete the Level I exam each year: February, May, August, and November. Head over to the Exam Information, Dates and Fees page for the full breakdown of specific dates and deadlines.

  • While individual needs vary, most candidates dedicate around 300 hours to mastering the material. You will also need to spend an additional 10-15 hours working through the Practical Skills Module, where you'll learn about either Python programming or Financial modelling

    Remember, effective study habits and a personalized approach are key to maximizing your time. Our flexible learning options and expert support allow you to tailor your preparation to your unique schedule and learning style. 

  • If you were to fail the CFA Level 1 exam then you would have to wait at least 6 months to able to resit it. There is a maximum of six attempts per level.

    Remember, preparation is key. StaySharp's comprehensive courses and expert support are here to help you maximize your potential. 

  • Widely considered the benchmark for career advancement in investment management, the CFA designation is valued by employers for roles and functions in every sector of the global finance industry, including portfolio management, analysis, private wealth, and consulting. But the CFA charter also equips professionals with the versatility to take their career paths in different directions.

  • The Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) charter is a professional designation administered by CFA Institute. It's considered the gold standard in the industry, widely recognized as a symbol of expertise, ethics, and commitment to excellence.

  • Our monthly subscription cost includes access to all the learning resources you will need, but you will book and pay for your CFA exams separately with. Information about exams and how to book them can be found on the CFA website

  • Due to intellectual property laws, it’s not possible to download the majority of course materials. You’ll need an active internet connection to authenticate your account and access your learning content. However, some course videos are available to download and watch later.

  • The 14-day free trial is limited to one per course, per customer. If you want to re-subscribe to a course you have subscribed to previously, please purchase it as normal. You’ll be automatically moved to the paid subscription within three working days.

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