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Candidate Membership CFA® Exam Prep Research Challenge Universities

Candidate Membership is the ideal companion on your path to achieving the CFA Charter

Candidate Membership with CFA Society Germany offers CFA Program candidates access to the fast-growing, exclusive network of German finance and investment professionals and the excellent services of CFA Society Germany. Successful Level III candidates who do not yet have the 48 months of relevant professional experience required for the CFA Charter (“Charter Pending”), can also become Candidate Members in order to benefit from society membership until they receive the charter. 

Candidate Membership offers several benefits:

  • Special LinkIn group for candidates, for professional exchange and the formation of learning groups
  • Special member discount to attend the Charter Award Ceremony,
  • Participation in the approx. 80 events & educational offerings from CFA Society Germany per annum (free or at a special discounted rate for members)
  • Professional exchange and networking with over 2,800 CFA Society Germany members. 
Candidate Membership CFA® Exam Prep Research Challenge Universities

CFA Society Germany Services

CFA Society Germany and Kaplan Schweser offer mock exams.

Exclusive services for our Candidate Members include personal mentoring from CFA charterholders and successful Level III candidates (“Charter Pending”) as well as the organization of study groups to help candidates to support each other and succeed together.

Register now to become a member of the largest association of investment professionals in Germany and meet experts from all areas of the German investment industry. Find out more about our Candidate Membership benefits here and in the brochure.

CFA Institute Services for Candidates

The CFA Institute website provides all CFA candidates with valuable study tips, free practice sessions and materials, as well as an online study platform.

Access all CFA® Program Study Resources here.

More information on the exams: 

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Study materials, Packages and Online Courses

In Germany, Kaplan Schweser is the leading provider of preparation materials for the CFA exams such as study materials, live workshops and online courses. CFA Society Germany and Kaplan Schweser work closely together to give you the best possible support in getting ready for the exams. The link below gives CFA candidates exclusive discounts on select study materials and packages. 

Access all CFA exam prep materials and discounts through the Kaplan Schweser CFA Society Germany portal

In Germany, Kaplan Schweser partners with Top Finance to offer in-person prep courses. See all current course dates and locations here.

Kaplan Schweser Free Resources

Kaplan Schweser offers free resources to those interested in earning the coveted CFA® designation.

  • Free Question of the Day: Receive a level-specific CFA practice question delivered directly in your inbox each day! Sign up now!
  • Free eBook: Before You Decide to Sit for the CFA Exam: Get advice from CFA charterholders who have successfully gone through the program and learn what it takes to earn the charter and succeed in the investment industry. Read More.
  • Schweser’s Monthly Candidate Guide: Each month, the Candidate Guide will offer you free resources that will best enhance your study plan. Sign up today!
Candidate Membership CFA® Exam Prep Research Challenge Universities

Every year, the CFA Institute Research Challenge introduces up-and-coming finance experts to seasoned investment professionals.

The global competition allows student teams to gain experience as research analysts and compete against other teams from universities around the globe with realistic corporate analysis, valuation, reporting and presentation skills. Experienced CFA® charterholders support each team as mentors.
Every year in the German national competition, a different company submits to scrutiny and analysis through the next generation of investment experts. The best research reports are then selected for presentation to a jury of experts. The winning team gets to represent CFA Society Germany at the EMEA finals and may earn a place in the global finals. A prize of USD 10,000 is awarded to the winning university.
We usually have up to 10 German universities participate in the competition. CFA Society Germany conducted the CFA Institute Research Challenge in Germany for the first time in 2010.

  • Download here the facstheet with more information about the Challenge and its process or watch this short video
  • Find here information about the past Challenges

For more information and registration please contact:

Candidate Membership CFA® Exam Prep Research Challenge Universities


Universities have the opportunity to cooperate and incorporate parts of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge™ to their program, including the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct.

The recognition as a CFA Program Partner shows potential students, currently enrolled students and employers that their respective curriculum is relevant to professional practice and prepares students for the CFA Program.

CFA Society Germany cooperates with three top universities as program partners: Mannheim, Goethe Business School and EBS.


CFA Society Germany cooperates with Frankfurt School of Finance as recognition partner