CFA Candidates

Candidate Services

As a Candidate in the CFA Program, you have demonstrated a commitment to your career in investment management. CFA Society Chicago understands the complexities and demands of this process, and our goal is to support you every step of the way. We invite you to join our organization as a Candidate Member. This local membership provides an extensive array of services designed to meet the specific needs of Candidates. For those who have not yet joined the society, you can still benefit from our partnership with Kaplan Schweser, study groups, and scholarship program.

Candidate Membership Information

Renew You Membership
Learn about the many exciting benefits of becoming a member of CFA Society Chicago.
Download a CFA Chicago Candidate Membership application.
Read Frequently Asked Questions about Candidate Membership.

Exam Information and Preparation
Prepare for the CFA Exam with the industry leading review provider at a great price. Kaplan Schweser and CFA Society Chicago have an exclusive partnership that means an exceptional exam prep experience and big savings candidates!

Scholarships for Candidates
CFA Society Chicago is pleased to offer two types of scholarships for candidates sitting for the CFA Exam. Be sure to read the award descriptions carefully as there are different criteria for each scholarship.

Local Study Groups
CFA Society Chicago is pleased to offer all candidates an opportunity to participate in CFA study groups. Learn more about the CFA Study Groups, or sign-up for a study group today!

CFA Chicago Study Group Kick-Off Party
Join leaders from CFA Society Chicago and members from Kaplan Schweser to find out how to best prepare for the CFA exam. This party is held twice a year. Check out the events calendar to find out when the next event will be held. Those in attendance will have an opportunity to win a scholarship for a prep-course study package awarded by Kaplan Schweser!

Note: You are NOT a Candidate Member of CFA Chicago until you complete a member application, pay dues, and are notified that your application has been accepted. Enrollment in the CFA Program is independent from membership and member benefits. CFA Chicago Candidate Membership is a LOCAL membership only.

For information about a Regular or Affiliate Membership, please visit You are NOT a Regular or Affiliate member of CFA Chicago or CFA Institute until you complete a member application, are approved by both organizations, and pay dues. You will need to apply for Regular Membership with CFA Institute and CFA Chicago in order to receive your Charter.