THE STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE
For more than 30 years, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® certification has been the standard of excellence for financial planners. CFP® professionals have met extensive training and experience requirements, and commit to the highest ethical standards that require them to put their clients’ interests first.
The CFP® designation is fast becoming the first choice for clients and employers – and it’s easy to see why. The highest designation in financial planning, coupled with commitment to the highest ethical standards, sets CFP® professionals apart from the rest.
The CFP® designation continues to offer a way for you to differentiate yourself in the profession. With the new education standards, all financial planners will be expected to hold an approved degree by 2026.
We know that professional study involves challenges including the demands of your career, family and more. With the introduction of online exams, you can complete the entire program from the comfort of your own home or office.
Recognition of prior learning
Did you know the FPA provides recognition of prior learning (RPL) into the program? RPL is awarded to individuals who are able to demonstrate the likelihood of successfully achieving the CFP Certification outcomes. Credits may be awarded for CFP 1 – 4 depending on your previous qualifications and studies.
With the CFP® designation being recognised in 27 territories around the world, your designation goes with you wherever you choose to go.
YOUR GUIDE TO THE CFP CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
There are many pathways to enter the CFP® Certification Program and we are committed to working one-to-one with you, to find the best solution. The pathways are outlined below:
- An approved degree (advanced standing may apply)
- An Australian financial degree with a Diploma of Financial Planning
- A non-related or International degree with an Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning
- An Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning and working towards your degree
- Eight subjects from an approved Masters (Graduate Diploma)
INTEGRATED CFP® CERTIFICATION PROGRAM AND MASTERS DEGREE
The FPA has partnered with five education providers, which will allow financial planners to combine a Master of Financial Planning degree with the CFP® Certification Program.
This new opportunity offers choice and flexibility to financial planning professionals, who can now graduate with both an academic qualification and the highest global professional designation in financial planning.
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Aspiring CFP® professionals are able to choose from two pathways to comply with the experience requirement of the designation.
Find everything you need to know about the CFP® Certification Program.
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