Distinguish Yourself.

Be among an elite group of more than 12,000 professionals worldwide.

Distinguish yourself with knowledge, expertise, and a clear career advantage – become a CAIA Charterholder. CAIA® is the globally-recognized credential for professionals allocating, managing, analyzing, distributing, or regulating alternative investments.


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Successful completion of the two exams puts you among an elite group of more than 12,000 professionals worldwide. And, your education doesn’t end once you’ve passed and joined.



Earning the CAIA Charter is a hallmark of the responsible, informed fiduciary. 

Enhanced 2022 Curriculum TOPICS

Evolution of Private
Equity Investing

Private and
Venture Debt

Private Equity and Venture
Capital Exit Strategies

Qualitative Due Diligence and
Emerging Managers


Decentralized Finance
and Blockchain

Responsible Investing
in Private Markets

Using Alt Data in the Investment
Management Process

Utilizing Alternatives in Private
Wealth Management

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Gain the knowledge and strategies you need to build future-focused portfolios.


Our curriculum is constantly updated to keep our candidates at the forefront of industry trends.


The choice is yours - you can take the CAIA exam in person, or via online proctoring.

The CAIA Curriculum is the definitive instruction manual for an institutional investor, and it puts you in the captain’s chair of the asset owner.

Christopher J. Ailman  |  CIO, California State Teachers’ Retirement System

Get the globally-recognized credential to initiate your path to career enhancement through deeper alts knowledge and distinction.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

All you need to know about the CAIA Exam, including resources available for you to thrive.

What study materials are available?
The CAIA curriculum and study guides are written and prepared by the CAIA Association and are the only resource used to write exams. For your convenience, the curriculum is available in digital and print formats. Print and digital materials for Level I and Level II can be purchased here.
When is the next CAIA Exam?
The Level I CAIA Exam will be administered from Aug. 29, 2022 to Sept. 9, 2022; the Level II CAIA Exam window is from Sept. 12, 2022 to Sept. 23, 2022.
What is the registration deadline?
Early registration – which comes with a $100 discount for first-time Candidates – begins April 4, 2022 and ends on May 16, 2022. Regular registration ends on Aug. 8, 2022.
Do I have to take the exam in person?
No! We understand that given current circumstances, Candidates may not want to take the CAIA Exams in person. So we offer an online-proctored option. Please note that once you have decided between in person or the online option, this cannot be changed.
What is the timeline for completing the program?
The Level I and Level II exams are offered twice each year, in late August/September and late February/March, giving candidates the opportunity to complete the CAIA program within a single year, should they choose to do so.

The CAIA Charter

Earn the only credential that enables building diversified, future-focused portfolios. 


Completely revised and updated for the 2022 exam cycles.


Comprehensive curriculum and study guides, at your fingertips.


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