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DECx: Chartered Digital Asset Analyst - CDAA®️ Level 1

Developed by DEC´s global consortia of leading higher education institutions and industry players, the Chartered Digital Asset Analyst - CDAA®️ Level 1 MOOC is a preparatory course for the CDAA®️ Level 1 examination and charterholder title, which assesses and proves an individuals interdisciplinary knowledge on digital assets, related to technological, business & economics, as well as legal & regulatory aspects.

4 weeks
3–4 hours per week
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Starts Dec 8

About this course

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The crypto and digital asset markets have become a global industry where well-funded start-ups are growing towards becoming global leaders, and traditional financial institutions are investing and expanding into related services. While regulation is becoming increasingly important, the industry lacks professionals with well-founded knowledge and experience in both worlds. The Chartered Digital Asset Analyst® addresses this gap with a holistic certification programme developed with leading academic and industry players.

The CDAA®️ has been designed for professionals with backgrounds in finance, banking, asset management and trading. The CDAA®️ Level 1 Preparatory Course is accredited by both The CPD Certification Service and the Swiss Association of Asset Managers - VSV| ASG.

At a glance

  • Language: English
  • Video Transcript: English
  • Associated skills: Banking, Finance, Investments, Digital Assets, Economics, Asset Management

What you'll learn

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The CDAA®️ Level 1 MOOC is a preparatory course which comprises three macro-modules, aligned with all other preparatory materials offered by DEC Institute (exam syllabus, study booklet, practice questions and tests). These 3 macro-modules consist of the following modules:


In this section, we explore 14 topics related to Blockchain History, Blockchain Principles, Consensus Mechanisms, Blockchain Architectures, Smart Contracts, Cryptocurrencies, Tokens, Blockchain Protocols, Wallets, Scalability, Interoperability, dApps, DAOs and Oracles.


In this section, we explore 17 topics related to Blockchain and the Internet, Blockchain Ecosystem, Industry Investment, ICOs & IEOs for Capital Raising, Blockchain Economics, Blockchain and Token Investments, Tokenisation in Business, Digital Asset Business Models, dApps in Business, Blockchain Governance in Business and DAOs, Blockchain and Sustainability, Application Areas of Blockchain in Traditional Financial Services, Decentralised Finance (DeFi), Application Areas in Non-Financial Service Sectors, Application Areas of NFTs, Stablecoins and Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC).


In this section, we explore 9 topics related to Legal and Regulatory Treatment of Cryptoassets & Applications, Legal and Regulatory Treatment of Cryptoassets & Fundraising, Regulatory and Legal Standing of Blockchain Technology, Legal Status of Smart Contracts, Challenges of Regulating DLT, Blockchain, Competition Law and Antitrust, Blockchain and Regtech, Regulatory and Legal Perspectives of DAOs, and Blockchain and Intellectual Property.

After completing this MOOC, candidates can register for the CDAA®️ Level 1 examination at PearsonVUE through the website of DEC Institute, where they can download and study additional preparatory material (mandatory reading: Study Booklet CDAA®️ Level 1), which will be required to successfully pass the examination and obtain the CDAA®️ I designation.

Learner testimonials

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"Most knowledge in the blockchain space is self-taught. Certification through the DEC Institute establishes an education standard, which serves as a useful calibration for test candidates, companies and blockchain educators alike." - Susanne Fromm, General Partner at Vanagon Ventures

"Finally those professionals who have been working in the industry and learning by themselves can certify and prove their expertise." - Marcel Niederberger, CEO Ficas AG

" DEC Institute´s charter titles enable us to proof our team’s expertise in front of clients in this new space." - Dr. Stefan Reidt

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why do I need a CDAA ®️ I chartholder title?

Proving your knowledge and expertise in front of clients, employers, industry peers, recruiters and regulators can be difficult in the Blockchain, Digital Assets & Web3 space, as topics are interdisciplinary, evolving quickly and require access to widespread and not easily accessible information. As a charterholder of DEC you can prove that you have what it takes to claim yourself as a professional, and you can access the right network and resources which allows you to remain up to date with latest developments and professional practices.

What is the target group of either CDAA®️ or CBA®️ ?

CDAA®️: for professionals with backgrounds in finance, banking, asset management and trading, from all functions and levels of responsibility.

CBA®️: for professionals with backgrounds in enterprise, healthcare, public services, utilities and supply chain, from all functions and levels of responsibility.

What does CDAA® or CBA® examination cost?

Level 1: € 437

Level 2: € 299

Level 1 & 2: €699

These prices include the Study Booklet with sample questions. The MOOC preparatory courses have a separate pricing as per You can register by acquiring the CDAA® or CBA® exam access on DEC´s website.

Is there an exam at the end of the MOOC?

No, you are free to decide if you want to take the CDAA® or CBA® exam after the MOOC is completed. You need to register on DEC´s website for the exam.

Do I get a certification after the MOOC?

Yes, you get a "Certificate of Completion" on the verified track, which is attesting that you have participated and completed the MOOC. Please note that this does not qualify you as either CDAA® or CBA® charterholder. For this, you need to pass the CBA® or CDAA® examination at DEC Institute.

What organisation issue the CDAA® or CBA® chartholder title?

The CDAA® and CBA® are issued mutually by both the DEC Institute and the DEC Association. Both charter, the CDAA® and CBA®, are registered trademarks.

What is a CDAA® or CBA® charter?

A CDAA® and CBA® charter are designations given to those who have completed the CBA® and CDAA® Program Level 1 & 2.

The CDAA® and CBA® Program are two-part exams that test the fundamentals of Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Digital Assets and Web3 related to technology, business & economics, and legal & regulatory aspects. DEC charterholders earn the right to use the CDAA® and CBA® designation after program completion and membership registration.

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