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NCCA Accreditation

NCCA Accredited Program LogoIn April 1995, NCCA accredited CFP Board’s certification program, the first such accreditation for a non-health related certification in the U.S. CFP Board earned NCCA accreditation because it showed that its certification program is grounded in, and continues to meet, legal testing requirements and generally accepted certification standards.

In 2015, CFP Board’s NCCA-accreditation was successfully renewed through November 2019.

“Given the alphabet soup of financial services industry credentials, it is vital for consumers to be able to differentiate among the various certifications and designations. Accreditation by an independent organization is a sign that the public can rely upon to determine the value of a certification since all certification programs are not created equal,” said CFP Board CEO Kevin R. Keller, CAE in a news release announcing the latest accreditation renewal. “We are proud that our CFP® certification program has been once again recognized by NCCA for meeting the highest standards for credentialing programs.” 

Did You Know?

Among clients who work with an advisor, 87% of those working with a CFP® professional are satisfied or very satisfied, compared with 72% of those who work with an advisor without certification.
Anyone can call themselves a “financial planner.” Only professionals who meet CFP Board’s rigorous standards can call themselves CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals.
The 2013 Household Financial Planning Survey shows that those with a financial plan feel more confident and report more success managing money, savings and investments than those without a plan.
Putting Your Needs First
CFP Board requires CFP® professionals to put their clients’ interests ahead of their own at all times.