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Level I CFA® Training

(For Levels II and III select from the CFA® 16 Week Courses menu above)

16-Week Live Class

CFA Institute


CFA® Program Overview

The CFA Program, administered by CFA Institute, sets the global standard for investment industry knowledge and ethical behaviour. CFA Institute determines the curriculum, administers the exam, and awards the charter. Known as the "gold standard" amongst financial industry professionals, the CFA charter is recognized as a significant benchmark within the financial community. A quote from The Financial Times reads: “Among the countless finance degrees around the world, the Chartered Financial Analyst qualification has become the gold standard.” The CFA Institute describes its program as a “globally recognised, graduate level curriculum that links theory and practice with real-world investment analysis and portfolio management skills.” The program focuses on portfolio management, asset valuation, financial reporting and corporate finance.

The CFA Program consists of a series of three examinations (Levels I, II, and III) that are offered annually in June, with the exception of Level I candidates who also have the option of sitting for the exam in December. Only one level can be written per year.

The entrance requirement for the CFA Program is a bachelor's (or equivalent) degree, or be in the final year of your bachelor's (or equivalent) degree, or have four years of work experience (does not have to be investment related).


Level I CFA®: 16-Week Live Course – Johannesburg, South Africa

Financial Training Solutions is proud to partner with Kaplan Schweser! With over 25 years as the proven global leader in CFA review, Kaplan Schweser is uniquely qualified to show you the way. Kaplan Schweser has constructed the most effective and comprehensive study packages in the industry and has helped hundreds of thousands of candidates prepare for the CFA exam. Financial Training Solutions and Kaplan Schweser are members of the CFA Institute Approved Prep Provider Program.

Kaplan Schweser

With Kaplan Schweser’s weekly classes (totaling 72 hours), you will be guided through the entire CFA curriculum with an expert instructor. The classes will take you through all the important topics and drive the key concepts home to help you retain vital information. Structured, focused, motivated… this traditional in-class experience can help you pass the CFA exam – The First Time!

Lecture Details

January – May 2018 class – Wednesdays, 17 January – 2 May 2018
(please see schedule below)
5:00pm — 9:00pm
July – November 2017 class – course in progress


Old Mutual Square
93 Grayston Drive, Sandton


Your success on the CFA exam depends on quality instruction…and Schweser's classes are presented by the best in the business. Our Live Weekly Class instructors are CFA charterholders with years of experience teaching CFA-related courses. Tim Davies, CFA, is a co-founder and a partner of Financial Training Solutions in Johannesburg, where he conducts financial market training courses. Apart from academia, he has experience in banking, stockbroking and portfolio management with leading global financial institutions.

2018 Johannesburg Weekly Schedule, January – May  class – Level I

0 15 Jan Orientation  
1 17 Jan Ethical and Professional Standards 1
2 24 Jan Quantitative Methods 2
3 31 Jan Quantitative Methods 2, 3
4 07 Feb Quantitative Methods /
5 13 Feb Economics 4, 5
6 21 Feb Economics 5
7 28 Feb Financial Reporting and Analysis 6, 7
8 7 Mar Financial Reporting and Analysis 7
9 14 Mar Financial Reporting and Analysis 7, 8
10 19 Mar Financial Reporting and Analysis 8
11 26 Mar Financial Reporting and Analysis /
Corporate Finance
12 28 Mar Corporate Finance 10, 11
13 4 Apr Equity Investments 13, 14
14 11 Apr Fixed Income 15
15 18 Apr Fixed Income 16
16 23 Apr Derivatives 17
17 25 Apr Portfolio Management /
Alternative Investments
18 2 May Extra Lecture  

We have 3 training options:

16-week Live Class and
Schweser Essential
Study Package,
including Schweser Videos
16-week Live Class and
Schweser Essential
Study Package
16-week Live Class
and no Schweser
16-week Live Class
Schweser Class Slides
Schweser Videos
SchweserNotes™ (5-volume set)
6 Full-length Practice Exams, Vol 1
6 Full-length Practice Exams, Vol 2
SchweserPro™ QBank
Schweser’s QuickSheet™
Schweser Study Planner
Price excl. VAT: R16 250 R14 950 R8 150
VAT R2 275 R2 093 R1 141
Price incl. VAT: R18 525 R17 043 R9 291

If you are selecting Option 1 or 2, our recommendation is to enrol early so that you can receive your Schweser study material as soon as possible so that you can begin your preparations. The Schweser study material is currently available.

Flexible payment options are available by arrangement. However, full payment secures your place. The prices do not include CFA Institute registration and exam fees. You need to register on the CFA Institute website (www.cfainstitute.org) and pay them the registration and exam fees.

To enroll for the course, you need to download the enrolment form below, complete it and email it to us with your proof of payment. The banking details are on the enrolment form. We do currently have space for the course.


Description of Schweser products:

  • Schweser Class Slides
    The Schweser Class Slides contain printouts of all PowerPoint slides presented at the lectures. The Class Slides contain coverage of all Learning Outcome Statements (LOS). LOS and CFA text references are included on all slides.
  • Schweser Videos
    The Schweser Videos (totaling over 48 hours) are recorded classes by expert international Schweser instructors covering all the Learning Outcome Statements (LOS) of the curriculum. These are available to view at any time, and are there to cover any sections not covered in class, to reinforce any points covered in class, or if you miss any lectures.
  • SchweserNotes™
    This 5-volume set contains complete coverage of all Learning Outcome Statements, exam tips and strategies, end-of-reading concept checkers, end-of-topic self tests and formula sheets.
    • Book 1: Ethical & Professional Standards and Quantitative Methods
    • Book 2: Economics
    • Book 3: Financial Reporting & Analysis
    • Book 4: Corporate Finance, Portfolio Management and Equity Investments
    • Book 5: Fixed Income, Derivatives and Alternative Investments
  • 6 Full-length Practice Exams, Vol. 1 & 2
    Each exam mimics the length, format, and difficulty of the actual CFA Exam, and provides detailed solutions. Each volume contains 6 full-length practice exams.
  • SchweserPro™ QBank
    QBank reinforces your knowledge and understanding of the CFA curriculum with a powerful question bank that allows you to review thousands of multiple choice questions, build full-length exams and take practice exams.
  • Schweser’s QuickSheet™
    This foldable, 6-page, laminated document includes key formulas, definitions, and concepts for a quick review of every major topic in the CFA curriculum.
  • Schweser Study Planner
    Create a daily, weekly, and monthly study plan based on your selected start date. This study tool takes the guesswork out of creating a prep plan that suits your schedule.


Some comments from candidates on our courses:

“Just thought I would share the great news that I passed CFA Level 1! Thank you so much for all the help and commitment you provided on the course! Will definitely enroll for Level II classes with you next year ☺”

“Just to let you know that I passed. Thanks for your immense contribution.”

“I received my CFA results yesterday. I passed the exam with above 70% in each of the topics. Thank you to both of you. It was great to learn with the class and I will definitely be doing Level 2 with FTS.”

“I just wanted to let you guys know that I passed my exam! I did really well achieving over 70% for all subjects except Alternative Investments which I got between 51 – 70% which is really minor. I want to say the biggest thank you for all your help and guidance. It is greatly appreciated. I can’t wait to start with level 2!”

“I’m very happy to inform you that I’ve passed my level 1. Thank you so much for all the support with the classes, it made a huge difference.”


CFA Institute does not endorse, promote, or warrant the accuracy or quality of the products or services offered by Financial Training Solutions or Kaplan Schweser. CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are trademarks owned by CFA Institute.