My familiarity with the CFA designation is limited...it was probably 20+ years ago when I first became aware of it. As I recall from that time many years ago, I associated the CFA with those who worked in the insurance industry as "financial planners".
I'm rather uncertain as to how the CFA links with real property appraising.
Most have to take the first course about three or four times before they pass it! And the $$$ cost is quite high! I have a friend with an MBA and a very good job but he flunked the first course....decided it was too expensive to continue. I think we are talking about he same thing.