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.


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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, making special emphasis in areas that other programmes in the market tackle superficially or oversee at all, such as:

  • Asset Classes: unlike other programmes, CESGA® accentuates the importance of different asset classes dedicating one complete module, including sovereign and green bonds, private equity and commodities.
  • Due Diligence: the CESGA® provides a pattern to approach systematically the ESG valuation that the professional can apply in the daily work.

The programme provides you as well with deep background on:

  • ESG Data: the most important input for ESG valuation, receives special attention in the CESGA ® programme. The current lack of data quality is still a challenge for ESG investors.
  • ESG Reporting and Regulation: the CESGA® analyses recent developments and lay 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 in this area every year.

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.

To whom is intended (Potential candidates)

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 interesting to develop a better understanding of the needs of capital markets in terms of ESG information.

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The CESGA® Common Exam will be hosted by the accredited EFFAS National Member Society (NMS).
Only candidates enrolled to the training programme are eligible to take the exam.


Limited spaces, only upon EFFAS Head Office confirmation. Please check venues and availabilities at registration.


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

2nd May 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.

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