Become a CFP® Professional


A Career in Demand

With a growing demand for qualified personal financial planners, now is the time to become a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional. Whether you're just starting your education, looking to change careers, or seeking to improve your professional status, CFP® certification can open the door to more and better opportunities.

At a time when unemployment is soaring and many Americans are reaching retirement age, the need for personal financial planning expertise is greater than ever. Recruiters and prospective employers recognize CFP® certification as the most desired designation in this growing field.

Your Path to CFP® Certification

Lazetta Rainey Braxton, MBA, CFP®, Founder & CEO, Financial Fountains, is interviewed about why she became a CFP® professional.

Upcoming Exam Dates: November 15–19, 2016
Education Verification Deadline: October 18, 2016

Late Registration open through November 1, 2016.
Don't miss your opportunity to register for the November 2016 CFP® Exam. Late registration is available at additional cost from October 19–November 1.

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Be a Financial Hero

CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals are uniquely qualified to help individuals pull all their finances together, solve financial problems, and make a plan to achieve their financial goals.

Build Your Future by Helping Others Build Theirs

  • High income potential
  • Dynamic, respected profession
  • The satisfaction that comes with helping people plan for their futures

As a financial planner with valuable expertise, you can expect personal satisfaction as well as financial rewards. Financial planners consistently report an increase in average annual gross earnings after receiving their CFP® certification.

Make an Impact

  • Solve financial problems
  • Help people meet their financial goals
  • Serve as trusted advisor, counselor and coach

You can make a difference at a time when more Americans are struggling to pull their finances together and plan for the future. The financial planning career path is expected to grow 41% by 2016, according to Money Magazine and

CFP® Certification: The Highest Standard in Financial Planning

  • Education: Approved curriculum
  • Examination: Comprehensive exam
  • Experience: 3 years practical experience (or 2 years apprenticeship experience)
  • Ethics: Strict code of conduct

Only a select group of planners have met the rigorous requirements necessary to call themselves CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals. CFP® certification maintains rigorous standards and communicates your expertise and credibility.

Exam Dates


CFP® Certification Examination

Nov. 15–19, 2016
(Registration Deadline: Nov. 1)

Most Recent Exam:
CFP® Certification Examination
July 26–30, 2016

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The 2013 Household Financial Planning Survey shows that those with a financial plan feel more confident and report more success managing money, savings & investments than those who have not.

Employment for personal financial advisors is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2020. Bureau of Labor Statistics

In a March 2012 survey of American consumers, 60% indicated they would benefit from the counsel of a financial planner or advisor.

If you hold one of several degrees, licenses or credentials, you can take the CFP® Exam after completing a single capstone course.

Classroom or online learning? Full-time or part-time studies? There are CFP Board-Registered Programs designed to meet your needs. 

Achieve the certification that is rapidly becoming the industry standard: CFP® certification.

Professionals who have already earned their CFP® certification have enjoyed an average income increase of 30%.

Demand for personal financial advisors is expected to grow 41% by 2016, according to Money Magazine and

More clients who work with a CFP® professional are satisfied or very satisfied, compared those who work with an advisor without certification.

If you're up for the challenge of helping people achieve their financial goals, financial planning is the career for you.