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Regular Membership

Regular Membership

We recommend Regular Membership for anyone who has earned their CFA designation and is in good standing with CFA Institute. Membership provides the knowledge, recognition, and industry network that investment professionals need to advance their careers. Every member service – from extensive programs to on-line job postings to CFA Institute publications – is designed to meet the specific needs of investment professionals. You must be a member of CFA Institute in order to join CFA Society Chicago as a Regular Member. 

Please review the OFAC Compliance Policy. Residents of certain countries may be prohibited by law from becoming a CFA Institute or Society Member.

Retired Members: CFA Institute has renamed Retired Status to Professional Leave while maintaining the definition (a member is not working in the profession and has been a member for a minimum of five years). Members no longer need to fill out a form for retired membership but rather apply for this membership type directly through their account when renewing their membership. Please select Professional Leave, and then Retired from the drop-down options as your reason for professional leave. Once that is saved to your profile you can go through the renewal process as normal, selecting Professional Leave, and the selecting your local society.


• Complimentary Function Tickets*

• Access to Job Posting Board and other members-only sections of our website

• Discounted member rates and access to members-only events

• Opportunity to serve as a volunteer on any Advisory Group

• Voting privileges at the Annual Business Meeting**

• CFA Scholarships for eligible candidates

• Mentor Program



CFA Society Chicago: $200

CFA Institute: $299

Retired Membership: CFA Society Chicago – $70

Society and Institute dues are paid through CFA Institute. Dues are collected on an annual basis from July 1 – June 30.


A bachelor’s degree or equivalent education/work experience

A passing score on all three levels of the CFA Exam

48 months of professional work experience as defined by CFA Institute

3 Professional References:
Only two professional references are required if you have a reference from a CFA Society Chicago member***

Have met the requirements to be awarded and to maintain the use of the CFA Charter and adhere to any new standards that may be required

Adhere to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct

Sign and submit the Member’s Agreement and the Professional Conduct Statement

* Regular, Affiliate, and Candidate Members who pay full membership dues receive two (2) function tickets that can be used towards almost any CFA Society Chicago event. Retired members receive one (1) function ticket. Student Members do not receive any function tickets. 

** Voting privileges do NOT apply to Affiliate, Retired, Candidate, and Student Members.

*** Your references can be from anyone of your choosing. Supervisor references are preferred but not required. Students only need one (1) sponsor — a Professor OR a CFA charterholder. Note: In order to waive the supervisor sponsor requirement, you must e-mail CFA Institute at cmservices@cfainstitute.org explaining why you are not submitting a supervisor sponsor. For a detailed description and definition of these requirements, please visit the CFA Institute website.