About CAIA

Founded in 2002, the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association is the global authority in alternative investment education. The CAIA Association is best known for the CAIA Charter®, an internationally recognized finance credential and the gateway to a network of more than 11,000 alternative investment leaders in more than 95 countries.


Vision & Mission

While the current trajectory in the alternatives industry points to continued growth, it has become increasingly difficult to keep up with the ever-widening spectrum of alternative asset products, strategies, and the regulations surrounding them. As the leader in alternative investment education, CAIA Association seeks to act as the catalyst for the best and most current knowledge and practices in the industry. Our curriculum staff and contributors are among the most highly regarded. Our programs – the CAIA Charter and the Fundamentals of Alternative Investments certificate program – offer two levels of access to a comprehensive curriculum. Since 2002, the CAIA mission stands strong: 

• Establish the CAIA designation as the benchmark for alternative investment education worldwide,

• Promote professional development through continuing education, innovative research, and thought leadership,

• Advocate the highest standards of professional ethics, and

• Provide a network for industry professionals to connect globally.


CAIA Headquarters

CAIA Association is headquartered in Amherst, Massachusetts, US and has regional office locations in Hong Kong, Geneva, and Singapore.

Mailing address:

100 University Drive

Amherst, MA USA


The CAIA Association® was founded by:

The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA)
The Center for International Securities and Derivatives Markets (CISDM)