Candidates enrolling in a diploma unit for the first time reached 7,800 in 2009, up 77 per cent from 2008.
The CII says over 19,100 individuals are currently studying for the diploma.
It adds that 91 per cent of candidates are achieving the diploma qualification within two and a half years, with 78 per cent completing it within two years.
The Institute of Financial Planning says the number of CFP professionals globally reached a record level of 126,016 at the end of 2009, up 6.4 per cent from 118,506 at the end of 2008.
The CFA Institute has today announced that 34 per cent of the 44,209 worldwide candidates that sat for the Chartered Financial Analyst Program Level I exam taken in December 2009 passed.
To earn the CFA designation candidates must pass all three levels of exams, have four years’ work experience in the investment industry, sign a commitment to abide by the CFA Institute code of ethics and standards of professional conduct, apply to a CFA Institute society and become a member of CFA Institute.
The exams cover ethical and professional standards, securities analysis and valuation, international financial statement analysis, quantitative methods, economics, corporate finance, portfolio management and performance measurement.
CFA Institute chief executive and president John Rogers says: “These individuals, through their personal commitment and undertaking to live the values of ethics, education and professional excellence, actively demonstrate commitment to raising standards in the investment industry.”