CFA Certificate in ESG Investing

Professional Qualification


Awarded by CFA UK, the Certificate in ESG Investing is designed for investment professionals looking to analyse and integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) dynamics into investing. ESG investing makes up around 25% of global managed assets, which is likely to grow significantly.



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Suitable For

A strong understanding of ESG issues will be critical for Investment Management professionals wanting to analyse and integrate ESG factors into the portfolio construction process. Individuals with a range of experience will benefit from the qualification. Professionals already operating within the ESG environment will appreciate the alternative perspectives from a qualification written by industry practitioners. The qualification is also highly relevant to anyone working in sales & distribution, risk, product development, consulting or financial adviser roles within the Financial Services industry. It also is beneficial to those carrying out the role of a Trustee.

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Approximately 130 hours of studying
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CFA Certificate in ESG Investing

Date: 01 Dec 2022
Cost: See timetables

CFA Certificate in ESG Investing

Date: 01 Jun 2022
Cost: See timetables

CFA Certificate in ESG Investing

Date: 01 Sep 2022
Cost: See timetables


Watch our recorded webinar with CFA UK. The webinar looks at the qualification in more detail and provides information on how the qualification can benefit individuals and organisations. If you and your colleagues would like to watch the webinar recording, you can view it on Adobe Connect.


Timetables And Prices

A choice of study methods best suited to your learning style, giving you more choice and flexibility

Please Note: It is your responsibility to register with the awarding body.

Study modes and dates

For the full range of upcoming study modes, including Online Classroom Live and pre-recorded Online Classroom, please visit




Choice of Online Classroom Live and prerecorded


Extensive question bank and video library


Tutor support at every step


Tutors will focus on teaching to the exam



Learn how to analyse and integrate material ESG factors
into your day-to-day role



The Syllabus

There are nine chapters within the syllabus, which cover the following areas


  • Introduction to ESG
  • The ESG Market
  • Environmental Factors
  • Social Factors
  • Governance Factors
  • Engagement and Stewardship
  • ESG Analysis, Valuation and Integration
  • ESG Integrated Portfolio Construction and Management
  • Investment Mandates, Portfolio Analytics and Client Reporting


Course structure

The course is approximately three months and features an online exam.

The CFA Certificate in ESG Investing exam consists of a single online paper which covers nine topic areas on the ESG syllabus. The exam lasts for two hours and 20 minutes and consists of 100 questions. These include a mix of standard multiple choice and item set questions.

Successful completion of the ESG certificate can lead to the Diploma in Investment Management when combined with CFA IMC.




Exam preparation


Our online lectures, which form part of the Online Classroom Live programme, provides the core knowledge you need for the exam, as well as discussing a wide variety of practical and commercial issues facing investment professionals dealing with ESG matters.

All learners are provided with study materials consisting of online pre-recorded videos, study slides and a comprehensive exam standard study question bank with over 400 questions. These complement the core study training manual provided by the CFA.


You can elect to sit the ESG programme as follows:

  • Online Classroom Live: including 4 live sessions where the tutor will go through the core material and more challenging topics within the paper
  • Online Classroom: Self-study only with no access to live or face-to-face events, but full access to online videos, slides and question bank

Pass Assurance

Pass Assurance means you can attend the next sitting of the entire course for free if you are unsuccessful in your exams. Pass assurance is only available to those who choose to study via Online Classroom Live.


Benefits of the qualification


  • ESG analysis provides valuable insights into factors that can have a significant impact on the financial performance of a company and therefore studying ESG can positively impact investment decision making.
  • This qualification gives a comprehensive, real world work view on ESG Investing and therefore allows candidates to stay ahead in this field.
  • CFA UK qualifications are recognised by leading firms
  • Studying the qualification develops the skills and competencies to fulfil both fiduciary responsibilities and your firm’s responsible investment mandates
  • Successful completion can lead to the CFA UK Diploma in Investment Management (ESG) for those also holding the IMC qualification
  • On passing the exam, the candidate gains a digital badge to highlight the skills that they have acquired




Why study the qualification with BPP?

  • BPP offers both ‘Online Classroom Live’ for those students wanting to study in a real-time interactive environment but also ‘Online classroom recorded’ where you can access pre-recorded lectures.
  • Tutors will focus on teaching to the exam but also on understanding the practical application to the real world investing environment
  • The materials include slides that cover the whole of the syllabus
  • A video library with 15 to 20 hours of detailed explanations of key syllabus areas
  • An extensive question bank containing more than 500 exam-style questions including two full-length mock exams.
  • Expert tutor support, with relevant ESG experience, from registration until your exam day.
  • A pass assurance product for the ‘Online Classroom Live’ programme that means that if you fail the exam then you can re-sit the Live programme for free with access to all materials for the next 12 months.

The candidate will pay £485 to CFA for registration to the programme and this includes the exam fee.



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ESG has become an important part of good investment management in recent years, and it is increasingly likely that investment professionals will need to be able to demonstrate their proven ESG capability. This qualification will equip practitioners with the foundation knowledge and competencies to integrate ESG issues into their regular work. We are pleased to be able to offer the Certificate to local firms and students."

Chris Usher, Managing Director of BPP International Finance




Range of study modes for ultimate flexibility




Online Classroom Live

Online Classroom Live provides interactive online sessions at scheduled times. This is the ideal approach if you like the discipline and motivation of structured classes, but with the flexibility of studying wherever you have internet access. It provides everything you would expect from a traditional BPP classroom, but delivered live and interactively online.


Online Classroom

Access pre-recorded lectures from our expert tutors, giving you the freedom and flexibility to learn in a way that is tailored to you and your commitments. Throughout your course, we'll also supply you with key dates and study guidance to help you structure your studies and utilise the support on offer to you.