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In total, more than 6,000 asset managers from around the world already hold the world-leading CESGA title from the European Federation of Financial Analysts Associations (EFFAS)


Start date

at any time

Examen Dates 2024
28. June | 27. September |
13. December

Access to the study material for six month after registration

Price: 1.800 €
plus VAT.


ESG criteria form the pillars of the future sustainable financial industry. The consideration of this extra-financial information has become enormously important for both private and institutional investment decisions and EU regulations will accelerate this development even further. The “CESGA – Certified Environmental, Social and Governance Analyst” Training Program provides information of the role of ESG in the investment process. Upon completion of the program, participants will develop an understanding of thae:
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Modul 1

Recent Developments in ESG integration

This module offers insights into the evolving landscape of sustainability integration within the financial sector. Participants will explore the driving factors of ESG demand, challenges and barriers to its seamless integration, and gain an overview of empirical studies that shape the narrative of sustainable investment.


Modul 2

Regulatory environment

Delving into the regulatory sphere, this module provides a comprehensive understanding of the current state of sustainability regulations both in the European Union and broader international trends. Participants will learn about regulations affecting corporations and investors, while also gaining foresight into emerging international trends and their potential market impact.

Modul 3


This module discusses various strategies to incorporate ESG considerations. Participants will be introduced to the current sustainable investment landscape, different definitions and terms in this domain, and distinctive features of multiple ESG strategies.

Modul 4

Responsible investing across asset classes

This module homes in on diverse investment assets, elaborating on the specific ESG considerations pertinent to each. Participants will gain an overview of the unique ESG perspectives associated with different asset classes and learn how to tailor ESG strategies accordingly.

Modul 5

ESG Reporting

Designed to enhance participants‘ understanding of reporting, this module delineates the differences between reporting requirements and frameworks. It will familiarize participants with prevalent reporting frameworks and the trend towards convergence. It discusses what the major sources of ESG information are and the main ESG raw data issues as well as the reasons behind the use of indicators. Additionally, it discusses the two dimensions of double materiality.

Modul 6

ESG integration in the investment process

This module provides a deep dive into the investment decision-making process within the broader investment process chain. Participants will learn about the general steps involved, understand the intricacies of integrating ESG considerations, and grasp its influence at key stages of the investment process.

Modul 7

ESG integration in fundamental research (Qualitative analysis)

Participants will explore the methodologies to integrate ESG data into investment decisions in this module. Topics of discussion will include the identification of ESG value drivers for both corporations and sovereigns, the qualitative analysis of corporate governance, sector specific ESG challenges, Green and Sustainable Banking practices, and the final synthesis of these analyses with business models and strategies.

Modul 8

ESG integration in fundamental research (Quantitative analysis)

The aim of this module is to dive into how qualitative analyses of material challenges can be incorporated into valuation models. The module will shed light on the influence of ESG data on financial forecasts and its integration within valuation models for varied asset classes.

Modul 9

Case study – ESG integration in the investment decision

This practical module synthesizes the teachings of the preceding eight modules. Through tangible examples in research and portfolio management, participants will acquire a robust framework for ESG-integrated due diligence. The module covers examples on integration in research and portfolio management.

Modul 10

ESG Regional Developments (*)

This complementary module offers a panoramic view. Participants will dive deep into a tailored exploration of ESG trends across three critical regions: Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and North America.

The Asia Pacific chapter presents the regulatory and investment landscape of key players: Japan’s evolving sustainability initiatives, China’s green financing surge, Hong Kong’s sustainable investing strategies, and Singapore’s pioneering ESG innovations. Gain insights into the broader Asia-Pacific market’s trajectory in the global ESG arena.

The chapter dedicated to Latin America provides an overview of the main trends in ESG related practices in the region. It highlights the main regional disparities and focuses on corporate ESG practices, developments in ESG risk integration by financial institutions, as well as the main regulatory approaches in Latin America.

The North America chapter covers key developments in the burgeoning ESG industry in Canada and the United States. It explores in detail the recent US SEC proposal on climate-related disclosures, the revision of the fund name rule, as well as the Canada Transition Taxonomy and mandatory climate-related reporting in Canada.

(*) this content is complementary and will not enter in the exam.


The EFFAS and DVFA online ESG training program offers participants extensive access to study material (learning films, handouts, and case studies). The content is available to participants for six months. Depending on previous knowledge, we recommend about 70 to 90 hours for processing and preparing for the exam. After working through the material, the DVFA, in cooperation with EFFAS, offers a final examination.

The exam takes two and a half hours to complete and comprises 120 points. The exam consists of multiple-choice tasks (50%) and a case study (50%). The exam is passed if a total of half or more of the 120 points and at least 30 percent in each of the two parts is achieved.
The exam is expected to be offered four times a year. Please refer to the registration form for the exact dates. All materials and the exam are in English.


The CESGA programme is particularly aimed at financial analysts and portfolio managers who want to integrate ESG data in their capital allocation processes, but also, in general, all investment professionals increasingly committed to ESG issues.

Other specialists such as corporate sustainability officers, investor relations, auditors and consultants will find this course interesting to develop a better understanding of the needs of capital markets in terms of ESG information. Summing up it is ideal for asset owners, asset managers, corporate consultants, financial planners, and family offices who wish to embrace ESG integration holistically.


The CESGA Training Program consists of an international team under the scientific direction of Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen, University of Hamburg.

Aurélie de Barochez, CIIA

Corinne Baudoin, CEFA

Gunnar Friede, CEFA, CIIA

Hendrik Garz, PhD

Andrea Gasperini

René Nicolodi, PhD

Susana Peñarrubia Fraguas, CFA, CESGA

Ramón Pueyo

Teresa Royo, CESGA

Felix Schnella, CFA

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Start date

at any time

Examen Dates 2024
28. June | 27. September |
13. December

Access to the study material for six month after registration

Price: 1.800 €
plus VAT.