2022 CAIA Exam Dates: Important Deadlines You Need To Know

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Considering the CAIA designation? It’s a pretty good choice if you plan to build a career in growing alternative investments sector.

In response to the pandemic, CAIA has expanded its in-person computer-based testing (CBT) exams to accommodate online proctoring (OP) as well, so you can now take the CAIA exams remotely too.

Whether you are new to CAIA exams, or a seasoned Level 2 candidate, here’s a useful summary of all the key CAIA exam dates you need to know.

We have included a frequently asked questions (FAQ) section too, to answer any CAIA registration questions you may have.

Let’s go!


What are the recent changes to CAIA exam dates?

caia exam dates

CAIA exams are still held 2x a year (March and September) for Level 1 and Level 2 candidates, with the additional option of online proctored exam (OP) as well as the traditional in-person computer-based testing.

Here’s a reminder of the next few upcoming exam cycles:

  • March 2022 (Level 1 & 2): Mar22 exam registration opens on 4th October 2021. Again, both CBT and OP options should be available for CAIA Level 1 and Level 2.
  • September 2022 (Level 1 & 2): Sep22 exam registration opens on 4th April 2022. See below for more details.

CAIA exam dates: A handy summary table

caia exam dates summary table

Short on time? Here are the latest CAIA exam dates and registration deadlines:

CAIA Registration DeadlinesMarch 2022 CAIA Exam
(Level 1 and 2)
September 2022 CAIA Exam
(Level 1 and 2)
Registration Opens4 Oct 20214 Apr 2022
Early Registration Deadline15 Nov 202116 May 2022
Registration Closes7 Feb 20228 Aug 2022
CAIA Level 1 Exam Window28 Feb 2022 – 11 Mar 2022

Online Proctored Exam dates to be announced
29 Aug 2022 – 9 Sep 2022

Online Proctored Exam dates to be announced
CAIA Level 2 Exam Window14 – 25 Mar 2022

Online Proctored Exam dates to be announced
12 Sep 2022 – 23 Sep 2022

Online Proctored Exam dates to be announced

Frequently asked questions

CAIA exam dates FAQ

How do I schedule my CAIA exam?

Once you have registered and paid for your exam, you will receive an email from CAIA with a link to schedule your exam with Pearson Vue. Or you can schedule your CAIA exam here directly.

Here are the summarized steps to schedule your CAIA exam:
1) Log into your CAIA account
2) Select “Programs”, “Charter Candidates”, then “Schedule your exam”
3) On Pearson VUE’s scheduling page, select your exam
4) Follow the blue prompt instructions to select appropriate exam time and location
5) You should receive an email confirmation of your booked exam appointment.

How do I change my CAIA exam date or test center within an exam window?

You can reschedule to another date and/or location within the same exam window for free, up to 72 hours before your original exam appointment by contacting Pearson VUE.

That said, rescheduling only works if there are available appointments to reschedule to, as they do get booked up fast and early.

Here are the summarized steps to change the date, time and/or exam location of your CAIA exam:
1) Log into your CAIA account
2) Select “Programs”, “Charter Candidates”, then “Schedule your exam”
3) On Pearson VUE’s scheduling page, select your exam
4) Click “Reschedule” button on the right
5) Follow the blue prompt instructions to select appropriate exam time and location
6) You should receive an email confirmation of your updated exam appointment.

Can I defer my CAIA exam to another exam window?

No, changing exam windows are not allowed.

Under normal circumstances, you may not postpone or defer from one exam window to another, i.e. changing from March to September test window isn’t allowed. That said, you can change exam date and/or test location within the same exam window.

If you are unable to sit for the exam for which you are currently registered, or if you do not pass, you will need to re-register to take the exam during a future exam window. The exam retake fee is US$450, whether or not you took the exam the first time.

When is the deadline to pay for CAIA exams?

Your registration fee payment must be paid to CAIA Association latest by the closing registration date for each exam window. For example, this would be 9 August 2021 for Sep21 CAIA exams.

Your registration will not be completed and you will not be able to schedule an exam appointment until payment is received.

If my in-person exam is cancelled by Pearson VUE due to site closure, can I move to an online proctored exam?

Yes, you will be able to select the OP exam should your physical test center appointment be cancelled, although appointment availability may be limited.

If I choose an Online Proctored (OP) exam but changed my mind, can I go back to in-person exams?

No. Once you have chosen the OP exam you will be unable to revert back to a test center exam option.

How can I get a refund?

The one-time program enrollment fee for CAIA exam is non-refundable.

CAIA Association will refund exam registration and exam retake fees if:
1) the refund is requested 30 days from the date of purchase, OR
2) no later than the business day prior to the beginning of exam administration, whichever happens first.

This needs to be requested via email to candidate@caia.org.

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