Chartered Fintech Professional (CFtP) FAQ

CFtP Designation

1. What’s the CFtP designation?

  • CFtP stands for Chartered Fintech Professional.
  • A professional qualification.
  • Attests to charterholder achieving a high standard of knowledge, skills and competency in the areas of Finance, Fintech, as well as ethical and professional practice.
  • Awarded by the Global FinTech Institute (GFI), a global organization of Fintech professionals.

2. How is the CFtP awarded?

  • Designation conferred upon passing all levels of CFtP exams.
  • 2 years’ experience in Fintech.
  • Joining GFI as member.

3. How long is the CFtP valid for?

  • As long as a charterholder is a member of GFI in good standing.

4. How do I maintain my membership in GFI?

  • Make annual declaration about professional conduct.
  • Satisfy 20 hours of continuing education (CE) in Fintech or related areas every year. New charterholders are exempted from CE for two years.
  • Membership fees not in arrears.


CFtP Program

1. What’s the maximum period to complete the CFtP program?

  • 5 years from start date of candidature.
  • January 1 start date: registration between July 1 and December 31, of previous year.
  • July 1 start date: registration between January 1 and June 30.

2. What’s the shortest time to complete the CFtP program?

  • 1 year with exemptions from both Level 1A Finance and Level 1B FinTech modules.
  • 2 years for all others.

3. How much time is required to prepare for the exams?

  • Varies according to individual’s circumstances.
  • Shorter for those with some background or exposure to some of the topics in the program.
  • Foundation and Level 1 modules: 40 hours per module expected.
  • Level 2: 50 hours per module expected.

4. How do I prepare for the exams?

  • CFtP is a self-study program.
  • A study guide is provided for each module (cost is included in exam fee).
  • All study guides will be issued in digital format (via a soft token) upon successful registration for the respective exams.
    • Note: For the 2021 cycle, Foundation Level study guides will be issued upon enrolment and registration for Level 1 exams, and issuance of Level 1 study guides will be done by end Mar 2021. Level 2 study guides will be ready by end April 2021.
  • There are no compulsory recommended textbooks, but candidates will be provided references for extended learning. Most of the extra learning materials can be found on the internet.

5. Are there prep courses I can attend?

  • None at present.
  • GFI will accredit prep course providers in future.


CFtP Exam


1. Who can enrol in the program?

  • Possess at least a Bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognised university,
  • Holder of equivalent professional qualification, e.g. ACCA, CFA.
  • Final year students currently pursuing undergraduate studies in a recognised university (at the point of Level 1 exams)
  • Must be above 21 years of age.

2. Which language will the exams be conducted in?

  • Exams in English. Other languages may follow.

3. How often are the exams conducted?

  • Foundation: Online exams conducted during the window periods of April-June and September-November.
  • Foundation: Candidates are allowed 5 attempts within each window period.
  • Level 1 & Level 2: Twice a year in-person exams in July and December.

4. Where would the exams be held?

  • The Level 1 & 2 exams will be conducted in an online proctored format for all candidates. All registered candidates will receive more details on this in due course.
  • However, in the 2021 cycle, candidates from Mainland China are expected to report to assigned physical test centres in Shanghai to sit for all Level 1 and Level 2 exams. All other candidates (outside of Mainland China) will be able to take the exams online and remotely.
Format and Content

1. What is the format of the exams?

  • Level 1AB Foundation: 60 MCQ (3 or 4 choices).
  • Level 1: 90 MCQ (3 or 4 choices) per paper. No penalty for wrong answers.
  • Level 2: Combination of MCQ and essay questions.
Duration of Exams
  • Level 1AB Foundation: 1 80-minute session.
  • Level 1: Morning 180-minute session – Finance modules.
    Afternoon 180-minute session – FinTech modules.
  • Level 2: Morning 180-minute session – Modules 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3.
    Afternoon 180-minute session – Modules 2.4, 2.5 and 2.6.
Coverage of Topics Tested
  • Foundation: Number of questions from each module: 35% to  65% of total.
  • Level 1: Number of questions from each module: 15% to 35% of total.
  • Level 2: Number of questions from each module: 20% to 45% of total.

1. What is the minimum passing score (MPS)?

  • Not less than 65% for all levels. Final MPS decided by GFI.
  • Exam score is based on total for all modules.
  • No pass requirement for any module.

2. When would the results of the exams be announced?

  • Foundation: Upon completion of the exam.
  • Levels 1 and 2: Within 75 days of the exam date.


CFtP Registration and Fees

 1. When can I enroll as a candidate, and for the exams?


  • Enrolment & exam registration for Level 1: Any time starting from 1st March 2021.
  • Exam registration for Level 2: To be announced.

2. What are the fees associated with the  program?

Candidate fee

  • US$100 (yearly)

Program enrolment fee

  • US$300 (one time, payable when enrolling to Level 1)

Exam fee

Level 1 (including Foundation)

  • Registration fee: US$1,000
  • Subsequent attempts for Foundation paper within same exam window: US$250 per attempt

Level 2

  • Registration fee: US$1,000

Payment in other currencies

  • Singapore dollar @ US$1 = S$1.40
  • RMB @ US$1 = RMB7
  • No other currencies accepted.

3. Can I get a refund if I change my mind about taking the exams?

  • Fees are non-refundable.


CFtP Exemptions

1. How can I get exempted from Level 1A Finance or Level 1B FinTech exams?

  • Exemptions from Level 1 exams are based on prior programs or courses taken.
  • Candidates can submit his/her exemption request through the exemption application form.
  • No exemptions will be granted for Level 1AB Foundation and Level 2 exams.
  • Exemptions are granted for accredited programs:
    • Singapore University of Social Sciences
      • Bachelor of Finance – Level 1 Finance and/or Level 1 Fintech depending on courses taken.
    • School of Finance, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
      • Bachelor of Finance – Level 1 Finance.
      • Double degree program (FinTech Base Class) – Level 1 Finance and Level 1 Fintech.
      • Msc of Fintech –Level 1 Finance and Level 1 Fintech.
  • Degrees or qualifications from other institutions
    • Granted on case-by-case basis upon presentation of transcripts and course outlines.
  • Professional qualifications eligible
    • CFA – Passed Level 2
      • Exempted Level 1 Finance.
    • CAIA – Passed Level 2
      • Exempted Level 1 Finance.

Please note that the list of accredited programs and professional qualifications are subjected to continuous review and GFI reserves the right to update the list as it deems necessary.


CFtP Charter

1. What else in addition to passing the exams do I need to get the charter?

  • 2 years of relevant Fintech work experience.
  • Membership in GFI.



1. What are the membership fees?

  • Ordinary and associate: US$200 per year.
  • Student: US$100 per year.
  • Candidate: Waived.

2. What are the benefits from my membership?

  • Free access to GFI publications.
  • Priority/discounts in enrolling for GFI seminars, workshops & conferences.
  • Free or discounted price for partner organizations’ events.

3. How do I fulfil the Continuing Education requirements?

  • Combination of attendance at eligible GFI or partner organizations’ events and reading relevant articles in Fintech and related areas.
  • Events consist of conferences, seminars, workshops.
  • Details to be announced later.
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