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The CFP® Certification Examination is designed to assess your ability to apply financial planning knowledge to real-life financial planning situations. By passing this exam, you demonstrate to the public that you are at the appropriate level of competency required to practice financial planning.

You can register for the CFP® Certification Examination after you have successfully met eligibility requirements by fulfilling the educational coursework requirement. The coursework requirement can be met in several ways, including completing a CFP Board-Registered Program, completing equivalent coursework subject to CFP Board's Transcript Review process, or having one of the designations, credentials or degrees pre-approved by CFP Board.

Exam Dates

Create an online account: If this is your first time applying for the CFP® Certification Examination, you will need to create a secure online account with CFP Board and then log in to start the registration process. The exam fee is $595.

Exam Date


Registration Deadline

Withdrawal Deadline

July 18-19, 2014


June 10, 2014

June 10, 2014

Exam Date Testing Window


Registration Period

Education Verification Deadline

November 18-22, 2014*


June 2 - November 4, 2014**

October 15, 2014***

* Candidates schedule a one-day testing appointment during this testing window.
** Candidates may reschedule within the testing window as late as four days prior to their scheduled appointment, subject to seat availability and rescheduling fees.
*** Verification of the Education coursework requirement for CFP® certification must be received at CFP Board by this date, or registration will be withdrawn and a $50 withdrawal fee assessed.

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

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

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