The CFA Charterholder designation is issued by the CFA Institute. In order to receive this designation, a candidate must have either: 1) an undergraduate degree and 4 years of professional experience involving investment decision-making, or 2) 4 years qualified work experience (full time, but not necessarily investment related). Each candidate must complete a self-study program of 250 hours of study for each of the 3 levels. Once a candidate passes each of the three 6-hour exams and meets the appropriate experience requirements the CFA charterholder designation may be used. There are no continuing education requirements.