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Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst

Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA)
Timberland is one of the non-traditional alternative investments analysed in the CAIA curriculum.
Established 2002
Type Professional Designation
Website .org.caiawww

Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) (pronounced "KAI-ah") is a professional designation offered by the CAIA Association to investment professionals who complete a course of study and pass two examinations. The "alternative investments" industry is characterized as dealing with asset classes and investments other than standard equity or fixed income products. Alternative investments can include hedge funds, private equity, real assets, commodities, and structured products. The CAIA curriculum is designed to provide finance professionals with a broad base of knowledge in alternative investments.

The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association was founded in 2002 by the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) and the Center for International Securities and Derivatives Markets (CISDM). The CAIA Association is an independent, not-for-profit, global organization committed to education and professionalism in the field of alternative investments. CAIA designees are required to maintain membership in the CAIA Association and adhere to professional and ethical standards. Currently, there are over 6,700 CAIA members.

The Journal of Alternative Investments is the official publication of the CAIA Association. Edited by Dr. Hossein Kazemi of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the JAI is one of nine journals published by Institutional Investor Journals.


  • Curriculum 1
    • Level I 1.1
    • Level II 1.2
    • Historical pass rates 1.3
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The CAIA program is divided into two levels. The Level I curriculum focuses on the fundamentals of alternative investment markets, while Level II concentrates on advanced topics in alternative investments. Both levels take a global perspective and incorporate issues of ethics and professional conduct.

Level I

The CAIA Level I exam consists of 200 multiple-choice questions. The Level I curriculum covers eight topics, listed below. CAIA Level I candidates are assumed to have an elementary undergraduate understanding of the basic concepts of traditional finance and quantitative analysis.

The Level I curriculum covers:

  • Professional Standards and Ethics
  • Introduction to Alternative Investments
  • Real Assets
  • Hedge Funds
  • Commodities
  • Private Equity
  • Structured Products
  • Risk Management and Portfolio Management

The CAIA Association recommends that candidates devote 200 or more hours of study to preparation for the Level I exam.

Level II

The CAIA Level II exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions, plus three sets of constructed-response (essay) questions. The Level II curriculum is broadly divided into two sections: alternative investments and Core and Integrated Topics. Candidates must apply the skills and knowledge from Level I to gain a deeper understanding of issues involved in each of the areas of alternative investments. The Core and Integrated Topics text is updated annually to reflect the latest industry and research developments.

The Level II curriculum covers:

  • Professional Standards and Ethics
  • Private Equity
  • Real Assets
  • Commodities
  • Hedge Funds and Managed Futures
  • Structured Products
  • Asset Allocation and Portfolio Management
  • Risk and Risk Management
  • Manager Selection, Due Diligence, and Regulation

The CAIA Association recommends that candidates devote 200 or more hours of study to preparation for the Level II exam.

Historical pass rates

Grading begins once the examination window is closed, and Level I results are posted within three weeks after the final examination day. Level II exam results are available within six weeks after the last exam day, due to the need to grade essay questions.

The percentage of candidates that pass the CAIA exams changes from exam to exam. More than 40% of candidates are able to pass both CAIA Level I and Level II exams on first attempts.

CAIA Exam Pass Rate
2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
Sept. March Sept. March Sept. March Sept. March Sept. March Sept. March Sept. March Sept. March Sept. March Sept. Feb.
Level I 66% 66% 67% 67% 68% 68% 64% 68% 74% 71% 71% 72% 68% 73% 72% 72% 72% 76% 79% 75%
Level II 67% 68% 68% 66% 63% 62% 65% 62% 58% 59% 58% 56% 56% 58% 62% 70% 69% 65% 67% 63% 65%

Candidates may augment their study of the CAIA curriculum materials with third-party preparation programs. Those programs are offered by: UpperMark, Kaplan Schweser, Top Finance, Kaplan Finance with Schweser—Hong Kong, Kaplan Finance, with Schweser—London, Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute (HKSI), IEB (Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles), and NYSSA.

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