2021 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:

  • September 2021 (Level 1 & 2): Sep21 exam registration opens on 5th April 2021. Again, both CBT and OP options should be available for CAIA Level 1 and Level 2.
  • March 2022 (Level 1 & 2): Mar22 exam details have just been announced. 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 DeadlinesSeptember 2021 CAIA Exam
(Level 1 and 2)
March 2022 CAIA Exam
(Level 1 and 2)
Registration Opens5 Apr 20214 Oct 2021
Early Registration Deadline17 May 202115 Nov 2021
Registration Closes9 Aug 20217 Feb 2022
CAIA Level 1 Exam Window30 Aug – 10 Sep 2021 (CBT)
OP dates to be announced
28 Feb 2022 – 11 Mar 2022
OP dates to be announced
CAIA Level 2 Exam Window13 – 24 Sep 2021 (CBT)
OP dates to be announced
14 – 25 Mar 2022
OP 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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