A professional certification is a form of recognition of one’s professionalism in his or her field. A certificate has selling power in the labor market, as such a certificate exemplifies one’s quality and expertise.
Nowadays, there are many professional certifications available in many diverse national and international institutions. Usually, a certificate issued by an institution also includes a professional title of the particular certificate holder. One of those titles is Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), which is a prestigious, professional certification in the areas of financial analysis and investment. This certification is issued by the CFA Institute. In order to obtain this certificate, one must pass 3 levels of examinations of 6 hours per level, and he or she must have a minimum of four years of experience in financial and investment decision-making.
In Indonesia, BINUS Business School is recognized as the only education institution to hold the training for the three levels. Ricky Ichsan CFA, FRM, CFP, ERMCP, CFOS, CRMP was the speaker in the regular seminar titled ‘CFA Executive Briefing’ held on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at BINUS’ Senayan campus.
According to Ricky, the need to attain the CFA certificate is very high, yet there are around only 150 CFA certificate holders in Indonesia. This is ironic as there are many companies in the financial sector seeking CFA holders in their human resources.
“I admit that obtaining the CFA certificate is very hard, as I experienced some difficulty when I was studying years ago. However, it is true that holding a CFA certificate means holding a wealth of opportunities,” said Ricky. (Karunia Fransiska)
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