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CFA UK Level 4 Certificate in ESG Investing
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At CFA UK, the health and well-being of our members, candidates and staff is our top priority. 

We are currently working closely with Pearson Vue and monitoring all developments relating  to Coronavirus (COVID-19). From Friday 20 March, all UK Pearson Vue test centres will close. In some other countries, test centres remain open and full details can be found on the Pearson Vue dedicated webpage

Online registrations remain open for all CFA UK qualifications at this time. Official training manuals (OTMs) can still be purchased and are being dispatched as normal. 

Further guidance for candidates can be found here

Certificate in ESG Investing


What is the Certificate in ESG Investing?

The Certificate in ESG Investing is a level 4 qualification which delivers the benchmark knowledge and skills required by investment professionals to integrate ESG factors into the investment process. The first qualification of its kind in the UK, it has been developed by practitioners for practitioners.

Registrations for the new Certificate in ESG Investing opened in September 2019 and the first examinations can be scheduled from 2 December 2019.


Why should I take the Certificate in ESG Investing?

Developed in consultation with leading firms and supported by the UN PRI, the Certificate will enable you to expand your ESG knowledge and stay ahead in your field. 

It has been designed for practitioners working in investment roles who want to learn how to analyse and integrate material ESG factors into their day-to-day roles.

It will also be suitable for anyone looking to improve their understanding of ESG issues working in:

  • sales & distribution
  • wealth management
  • product development
  • financial advice
  • consulting
  • risk 

The skills learned will be equally applicable to all asset classes.

How it will benefit you


  • Gain a unique and practical qualification
  • Improve your competitive career advantage and increase your employability
  • Expand your ESG knowledge and stay ahead in your field
  • CFA UK qualifications are recognised by leading firms
  • Develop the skills and competencies to fulfil both your fiduciary responsibilities and your firm’s responsible investment mandates
  • Successful completion can lead to the Diploma in Investment Management (IMD) for existing IMC holders
  • Gain a digital badge to highlight to others the skills you have acquired

Entry criteria

There are no formal entry criteria for this qualification, but it is strongly recommended that candidates have a solid grounding in the investment process achieved via formal qualification or experience.

Fees and learning materials

  • The Certificate costs £470 per candidate, including access to online Official Training Manual and the first sitting of your exam; candidates who wish to purchase a hard copy OTM may do so for an additional charge of £30.00 plus postage costs
  • 100 questions assessed by multiple choice questions and item set scenarios
CFA UK Level 4 Certificate in ESG Investing Overview

Qualification title

Exam registration and online learning materials

Official Training Manual Cost (only available to purchase with exam registration)


Syllabus valid dates

Number of questions

Time allowed for exam

Total qualification time

Pass mark

Pass rate

CFA UK Level 4 Certificate in ESG


£30.00 plus postage

Syllabus version 1

From 02/09/2019 to 31/08/2020


2 hours and 20 minutes

130 hours

Between 60% and 70%

Between 60% and 75%

Training providers

Fitch Learning offers training and study support for the Certificate in ESG Investing. Please note that CFA UK does not currently operate a formal endorsement process.

Fitch Learning