I'm looking for some feedback on the CFA program from people who have received their designation or those who are currently undergoing the process (level 1, 2, or 3). I plan to enroll in the program -- most likely in the coming months -- and I'd like to have an idea as to both the time and financial commitments associated with the program. I've thoroughly reviewed the CFA website (http://www.cfainstitute.org), but I'm more interested in people's personal experiences with the program. While any and all feedback is welcome, there are two points with which I am particularly concerned: 1) Did you utilize any outside exam preparation material, such as Schweser? Was it useful? Would you classify it as stand alone or complementary material? Anything else? 2) How much study time is required to pass the test? Obviously, everyone learns at his or her own pace, but the recommended study times offered by sponsoring organizations, in this case the CFA Institute, seem to address the needs of the greatest number, rather than the most dedicated and able learners. Again, any thoughtful response is encouraged whether you address my primary concerns or not. Feel free to PM me. Thanks Elite Traders!