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A record number of candidates sat the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams on Saturday, June 2nd, according to the Society of Investment Analysts in Ireland.

Joe Kavanagh, CFA, the President of the Society of Investment Analysts in Ireland, said, 'We have seen a 450 per cent increase in CFA exam enrollments in Ireland over the past five years. More and more young investment professionals are seeing the CFA designation as a 'must have' on their curriculum vitae for career progression.'

The CFA is now seen as a worldwide standard for accounting. The programme has seen steady growth in the number of new candidates applying for the exams from other countries. India, France and the Republic of Korea have seen the largest percentage growth in applications, although the programme continues to attract applications from developing markets, including Vietnam, Egypt and Russia.

CFA Institute also expects to have a record 100,000 members by December 2007, up from 87,600 in December 2006. Currently, CFA Institute has more than 90,900 members in 134 countries.
'The CFA designation has become the global investment credential, recognized worldwide as a passport to work anywhere in the industry,' added Jeff Diermeier, CFA, president and CEO of CFA Institute.

Over 300 candidates sat the exams on Saturday; a six hour ordeal in total, with a three hour exam in the morning followed by a three hour exam in the afternoon.

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