Following a trial in September this year, the CFA UK is officially launching its Certificate in ESG Investing in December, which is expected to be launched in additional markets from 2020.
Some 500 candidates are already signed up to complete the course in the UK, with the option to take the exam from 2 December onwards. The trial saw more than 160 students from 60 firms take part, with a "very good pass rate", CFA UK said.
The Certificate comes in response to increasing demand for ESG knowledge and skills in the investment sector.
Participants in the pilot programme included asset owners, asset managers, consultants and pension providers. About a third, 32%, already held the CFA designation, with 34% holding the Investment Management Certificate.
The second version of the syllabus is currently in develoment. Areas set to be expanded on include climate change and asset classes.
CFA societies from nine other markets participated in the pilot - Switzerland, Finland, Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, Ireland, France, Spain and Denmark - and CFA UK plans to offer the qualification in those countries from January 2020.
CFA UK had announced the launch earlier this year in May. It said then that the certificate aimed at contributing to the development of the investment sector ‘s skills in responsible investing.