EFFAS Certified ESG Analyst (CESGA ®)

Get ready for the Environmental, Social and Governance (CESGA®) Certification

EFFAS Environmental Social and Governance Analyst (CESGA®) Online course & Certification

How to become a CESGA® Holder:

Enrol on the CESGA® Programme offered by EFFAS.

Select an exam date and venue, pass the CESGA® Common Exam and become a certified ESG Analyst.


Download CESGA® brochure 3.0 programme



What makes the EFFAS CESGA® distinctive?

The EFFAS CESGA® programme is a comprehensive tool made by practitioners for practitioners and covers all relevant topics that an ESG expert needs, giving special emphasis to areas that other programmes in the market tackle superficially or completely overlook, such as:

  • Asset Classes: unlike other programmes, CESGA® accentuates the importance of different asset classes dedicating this area one complete module which looks at sovereign and green bonds as well as private equity and commodities.
  • Due Diligence: the CESGA® provides a pattern to approach systematically the ESG valuation that professionals can apply to their daily work.

The programme also provides you with an in-depth background to:

  • ESG Data: The most important input for ESG valuation, receives special attention in the CESGA ® programme. The current lack of quality data is still a challenge confronting ESG investors.
  • ESG Reporting and Regulation: The CESGA® analyses recent developments and lays emphasis on the regulatory environment at the European level. These regulations are especially important as they are highly relevant to all companies and investment professionals. Since the regulations in these fields change so quickly, we update the Programme yearly in this area.

Global social and environmental challenges, regulatory and reputational risks, market scandals and new market opportunities make environmental, social and governance information (ESG) a data source of growing importance.

In this context, the integration of ESG information in the investment process chain and in valuation is essential. So far, only a few approaches and even fewer solutions exist that support investment professionals in the integration of ESG. Although considered increasingly relevant for investment decisions, it is estimated that still less than 15% of investment professionals receive some kind of structured ESG training.

This is confirmed by the World Economic Forum, which considers that inadequate education and valuation models of ESG are one of the most important barriers for integrating ESG variables into the mainstream of investment decisions.

The CESGA® programme aims to overcome this challenge by providing the necessary training for the efficient valuation, measurement and integration of ESG issues into investment analysis.

Who is the CESGA®programme for? (Potential candidates)

The CESGA® programme is particularly aimed at financial analysts and portfolio managers who want to integrate ESG data into their capital allocation processes, but also, in general, it is for all investment professionals increasingly committed to ESG issues. Other specialists such as corporate sustainability officers, people in investor relations, auditors and consultants will find the CESGA® interesting to help develop a better understanding of the needs of capital markets in terms of ESG information.

View here the CESGA® Holder list

Additional information

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The CESGA® Common Exam is hosted by EFFAS and its National Member Societies.

Except for a medical reason and on the presentation of a valid medical certificate the exam right you purchase to sit the CESGA® Common Exam is ONLY valid for the exam date at the specific venue or online chosen at purchase.

If you do not show up at the venue at the assigned time to sit the exam or log on at the assigned time (if doing the online exam) you will lose your exam right and will need to purchase a new exam right to sit the exam.


Online course:

€ 1,250 (excl. VAT)


Certification exam:

€ 250* (excl. VAT)


The student has to purchase the training + certification together, and select one exam venue.




Fixed examination venues are:

Amsterdam, Brussels, Bucarest, Budapest, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Hong Kong*, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Mexico city, Milan, Paris, Singapour, Stockholm, Vienna & Zurich.
Other cities: Examination venues may vary from session to session.


* Note that some venues might have an additional charge of €100 (invigilation fee).

Registration & Exams calendar

Certification Exam Date

18th March 2022

3rd June 2022

9th September 2022

Registration open Date

11th October 2021

10th December 2021

9th March 2022

Registration deadline Date

7th February 2022

22nd April 2022

1st August 2022

The CESGA® title is in demand. Join the CESGA® holder list upon passing the Exam and increase your visibility with other holders and prospective employers.

CESGA® 3.0 programme Download Brochure

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