【CFA Exam】How to become a CFA Charterholder after passing CFA level 3 exam? — Will I get penalized if I claim to be a CFA member before registration? | How to find my professional references?

Shunryu 迅狐
Finance Career Coaches
4 min readNov 9, 2023

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  • Within like 2 months after taking the CFA Level 3 exam, you will receive an email notification of your exam result. Unlike the previous two levels, CFA Level 3 will not provide granular score report, so you’ll only know that you passed or failed.
  • If you passed, congratulations! You are only one small step away from becoming a CFA Charterholder!
  • DO NOT immediately rush to update your LinkedIn profile and add the “, CFA” suffix to your name!
  • Still remeber CFA Ethics? You must pay the membership fee to become a CFA Regular Member. If you pass Level 3 and immediately proclaim to be a CFA member, you may be immediately penalized or even disqualified!
  • So, what you should do is to make an application to be a CFA Regular Member via the CFA official website if you have fulfilled these requirements:
  1. Passed all 3 levels of the CFA exams (which you have!);
  2. Accumulated at least 4000 hours of relevant working hours;
  3. Find 2–3 professional references; and

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Shunryu 迅狐
Finance Career Coaches

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