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 programme?

After having completed the CESGA programme, 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® programme is a 100% self-study programme 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 programme 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.

As a student enrolled in a Master in Business Engineering, majoring in Banking and Finance, I wanted to take the CESGA exam to find out more about ESG criteria as the importance of these ESG criteria in the investment decision-making process is growing. The CESGA exam gave me the opportunity to improve my knowledge. I am therefore thankful for the valuable content learned.

Killian Lecocq, CESGA holder since November 2020


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:
- 17 September 2021 (online registration between 17 March and 23 August 2021)
- 3 December 2021 (registration dates to be confirmed)

Price & Certification
The price for the online course and the certification exam comes to 1 750 EUR. The registration to the CESGA programme 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. medical certificate, certificate of your employer,...), the exam can be taken at the next session, but a fee of 50 EUR will be invoiced.
As soon as we have received the first payment, you’ll receive a link to the CESGA e-learning platform. The certificate will be sent to you 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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