CFA® Exam Prep Program – Prep Course & Boot Camp

Exam Preparation


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  • Program Cost from $695
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The UBC Sauder Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) Exam Prep Program is designed for CFA® candidates looking for support and knowledge in preparing for the CFA® Levels 1, 2 and 3 exams.

Delivered by a team of supportive and expert instructors, the UBC CFA® Exam Prep Course and Boot Camp deliver necessary study tools and support to help improve students' exam performance. Exam-taking strategies to prepare for a successful exam performance are also provided.

The course curriculum covers:

  • Format and structure of the exam
  • Tips and study methods
  • Effective exam-writing and time management skills
  • Review practice exams
  • Overview of knowledge areas tested

Apply your learning to:

At the end of the course the participants will have learned to:

  • Prepare for the CFA® exams, Levels 1, 2 and/or 3
  • Identify personal knowledge gaps and define areas to focus on
  • Develop a study plan
  • Develop a list of examination tips and techniques to help with time management

If you have questions, please contact the UBC CFA® Exam Prep Program office at

Check out our graduate testimonials, to hear what they have to say about our programs.



Real-time, face to face instruction in class at UBC Robson Square or UBC Point Grey.


Prep Course: 2-4 months

Boot Camp: 4 days


Prep Course: 28 hours over 8 classes

Boot Camp: 25-28 hours over 4 days

Tuition & Fees

  • Exam Prep Course: Level 1 | $695 + GST
  • Exam Prep Course: Level 2 | $695 + GST
  • Exam Prep Course & Boot Camp Bundle: Level 1 & 2 | $1195 + GST
  • Exam Boot Camp: Level 1 | $695 + GST
  • Exam Boot Camp: Level 2 | $695 + GST
  • Exam Boot Camp: Level 3 | $1295 + GST

Materials:  Summary lecture notes and other materials are included in the cost.

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UBC CFA® Exam Prep Course

The UBC CFA® Exam Prep Course is intended for students looking for a structured classroom learning environment to ensure they invest the appropriate amount of time necessary to stay focused on exam success. The courses led by a team of expert instructors are designed to maximize learning in a collaborative supportive environment.

Note: Registrations will close 2 business days before the first class start date.

  • Level 1 | Jan - Apr 2020| 6:00 – 9:30pm | UBC Robson Square | TBD
  • Level 2 | Jan - Apr 2020 | 6:00 – 9:30pm | UBC Robson Square | TBD
  • BUNDLE | Level 1 Exam Prep Course & Boot Camp Bundle discount | Spring 2020 | TBD
  • BUNDLE | Level 2 Exam Prep Course & Boot Camp Bundle discount | Spring 2020 | TBD

UBC CFA® Exam Boot Camp

The UBC CFA® Exam Boot Camp is designed for students who have significant prior course or self-study history in the subject matter, but are concerned about CFA® knowledge retention. The intensive final review Boot Camp will consolidate prior learning and provide exam-taking strategies to prepare for a successful CFA® exam performance. Classes are held close to the exam date to ensure maximum retention.

Note: Registrations will close 2 business days before the first class start date.

  • Level 1 | Nov 16, 17, 23 and 24 | 9:00am-5:00pm | UBC Robson Square | Register Now
  • Level 2 | May 2020 | 9:00am-5:00pm | UBC Robson Square | TBD
  • Level 3 | May 2020 | 9:00am-5:00pm | UBC Robson Square | TBD


Registrations will close 2 business days prior to the class start date. Withdrawal requests must be submitted by one business day prior to the class start date to be eligible for a refund. Please note, eligible withdrawal requests will incur a 5% processing fee which will be deducted from any refund granted.

Program curriculum may be subject to change.

Celene Chan

Celene Chan


Celene is currently the Vice President, Finance at Alabaster Homes, a Vancouver-based real estate development firm specializing in premier townhome and condominium projects. In her role, Celene oversees the finance team in corporate finance strategy and execution, business development, capital structure planning and analysis, financial reporting, treasury, risk management and regulatory compliance.
Prior to joining Alabaster, Celene was an institutional investment manager for a charitable foundation and its benefactor family, advising on a globally diversified portfolio of assets, including private equity, private debt, pooled funds and public securities. Celene has extensive investment experience in real estate, oil and gas, and marine transport sectors, and is a specialist in financial modeling and transaction due diligence.  In addition to advanced degrees in Economics from UBC and SFU, Celene has been a CFA charterholder since 2016 and completed the CIM designation in 2015.

Michael Cao

Michael Cao


Michael Cao is a research analyst at Connor, Clark & Lunn Investment Management Ltd. in the quantitative equities division, where he develops return and risk forecasting models to enhance the active long-only and market-neutral investment strategies in constructing and managing global equity portfolios.

Michael obtained his Bachelor's degree in Mathematics & Statistics at Imperial College London in the U.K. and was awarded a Master of Quantitative Finance from University of Waterloo in Canada.

He completed the CFA Program in 2013, passing all three exams on first attempts.

Darren Degraaf

Darren Degraaf


Darren is currently an independent contractor for a number of international finance training companies.  His main responsibilities include lecturing, curriculum development, training instructors (train-the-trainers) on best practices, and business development.  In addition, Darren is a lecturer at the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia as well as the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Before working in the education industry, he spent 5 years as a Senior Manager at HSBC Bank. In this position, he focused on the credit risk exposure of the bank's lending portfolio. Prior to that, Darren held various analytical and accounting positions in HSBC's Finance, Asset Management, and Insurance divisions - over some 13 years.

Emrul Hasan

Emrul Hasan

M. Emrul Hasan, CFA, FRM, Ph.D., has been training CFA exam candidates for over five years at different institutions. He is a full-time Lecturer at the Vancouver School of Economics of University of British Columbia, BC, Canada. Before joining UBC, Emrul taught economics and finance courses at Simon Fraser University (SFU), British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), and Douglas College.

Before working in the education industry, Emrul spent several years as Investment Analyst and Consultant at different investment banks, manufacturing firms, and think-tanks such as Fraser Institute and Asian Tiger Capital Partners Ltd. He mostly worked on new venture and private equity valuation, M&A, and writing sector and industry reports while providing sound advice on investment and portfolio management. He is also an active academic researcher working on topics such as capital gains taxes, asset pricing, behavioral finance, IPO and SEO underpricing.

Martin McNish

Martin McNish

Martin McNish is a Portfolio Manager at Odlum Brown where he started his began his career in 2008. He was a finalist for the Investment Industry Association of Canada Top Under 40 award. He received his charter in 2013 and has been a Level III instructor since 2015.


It is strongly recommended that students be fluent in written and spoken business English.

For information on enrolment requirements for the CFA Program before you’re eligible to register for the Level 1, 2 or 3 Exam, visit the CFA Institute.

How to Register

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What are the enrolment requirements for the CFA Program before you can register for the Level 1, 2 or 3 Exam?

Refer to the CFA Institute for information on what’s required to qualify for the Level 1, 2 or 3 Exam: CFA Institute

Where are CFA Test Prep courses held?

CFA Test Prep courses are held at either the UBC Point Grey campus or the UBC Robson Square campus. The location of each course will be listed under the Registration link.

Who can I contact if I still have questions about the CFA Test Prep courses and/or Boot camp?

If you have any questions, please contact the UBC CFA Exam Prep office at

What is the cost of each course?

A complete list of CFA Test Prep course and boot camp fees can be found here.

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