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.

Thanks to our EFFAS membership we offer you, in joint effort with Febelfin Academy, the possibility to enrol for a European certified ESG programme (CESGA – Certified Environmental, Social and Governance Analyst).

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Introductory movie by Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen, Academic Director of the CESGA programme

Why should you follow the CESGA program?

After having completed the CESGA program, you will be able to:

  • estimate ESG impacts on risk and return from various angles;
  • systemize different ESG investment approaches and strategies;
  • understand the market drivers for further ESG integration;
  • embed ESG across the whole in the investment process chain;
  • integrate ESG factors in valuation models;
  • be responsible for investing across asset classes;
  • systematically assess different ESG reporting standards.

The CESGA® program is a 100% self-study program and structured in 10 Modules (approximately between 70h and 100h of online training), composed of two parts. The first part comprises 5 modules and is an introduction for capital market participants with ESG experience that would like to build up or refresh the fundamentals of ESG as well as for those with no or little experience in ESG investment. The second part is tailor-made for advanced ESG users.

A complete program overview can be found in the CESGA brochure.

Who should attend?

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 certification is particularly interesting and focuses on diverse actual topics. It provides an in depth knowledge of ESG issues and how to integrate it in the investment process. In the context of a changing regulatory framework, it is definitely a certification that I would recommend to any professional in the financial sector.

Laurent Fernandez, CESGA holder since June 2021


Practical information

As in Belgium the Certified ESG exam is made possible through a collaboration between ABAF/BVFA and Febelfin Academy, you can register via the Febelfin Academy website.

Upcoming exams will be organised on:
- 18 March 2022 (online registration between 8 October 2021 and 7 February 2022)
- 10 June 2022 (online registration between 10 December and 8 May 2022)
- 9 September 2022 (online registration between 18 March and 5 August 2022)

Price & Certification
The price for the online course and the certification exam comes to 1 750 EUR. The registration to the CESGA program includes the access to the learning platform, the examination right on the day confirmed at the moment of registration and the certificate. If people don't show up at the day of the exam or don't inform us at least four weeks before the exam takes place (e.g. via medical certificate, certificate of your employer,...), the exam can be taken at the next session, but a fee of 80 EUR will be invoiced.
As soon as we have received the first payment, you’ll receive a link to the CESGA e-learning platform. You receive the certificate once you have completed the exams.


If you have any questions related to the programme or registration procedure, we can help you.

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