The highest honor within the Young Investors Society is to be awarded a Certified Young Investment Analyst (CYIA™) Designation.

The CYIA™ Designation represents a tremendous achievement.  Less than 10% of those students that enter YIS end up achieving the CYIA™ Designation. It is widely respected by Universities and future employers.  High school students that are able to earn the CYIA™ have proven that they are the best-of-the-best.

What it means to earn the Certified Young Investment Analyst (CYIA™) Designation:

  • That you’ve mastered the fundamentals of stock analysis.
  • That you’ve studied for an passed a rigorous examination, that covers advanced financial concepts.
  • That you maintain a stellar GPA.
  • That you’re uniquely prepared to major in business, finance or accounting.


Qualifications to become a research analyst (CYIA™)

  1. Be an active member of Young Investors Society
  2. Pass the 60 question CYIA™ exam (50% pass rate). The exam will be available quarterly (January/April/August/November) 
  3. Participate in a YIS State or Regional Stock Pitch Competition.
  4. Participate in the Dollar-A-Day Challenge (Open an investment account & save/invest your own money) 
  5. High School Teacher or (YIS Advisor) Letter of Recommendation.
  6. Participate in a Community Service Project – 10 hrs.
  7. Minimum GPA of 3.0 or equivalent.
  8. Conduct a final interview with a YIS Board Member.

Online Exam Information

The CYIA™ Exam is an open-book, 60-minute timed test based on The Essays of Warren Buffett & the YIS Stock Investing 101 e-book.

The exam is open Quarterly in January, April, August, & November.

  • Some questions require a calculator to answer correctly.
  • You must take the test in one session. You will not be allowed to start and stop the exam at any time.
  • You can only take the exam ONE time during the open exam period.
  • You must get a 70% passing score to pass the exam.
  • When you are ready to take the Exam, click here:


Download CYIA Application