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Testing Accommodations

CFP Board is committed to ensuring access to the CFP® Certification Examination for all individuals with disabilities and supports the intention of the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAAA).  CFP Board provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations to individuals with documented disabilities who demonstrate a need for testing accommodations. Requests for testing accommodations are inherently individualized and considered on a case-by-case basis. Consequently, no single type of accommodation will necessarily be appropriate for all individuals with disabilities. Note however that simply demonstrating that an individual meets diagnostic criteria for a particular disorder does not mean that person is automatically entitled to testing accommodations.

Types of Testing Accommodations

Accommodations are provided to candidates who meet certain eligibility criteria and properly document their request. Testing accommodations include, but not limited to the following:

  • Extended Time: Standard Time + 50% (total: 9 hours)
  • (Session 1: Test 4.5 hours; Session 2: Test 4.5 hours)
  • Additional 30 minute break per testing session (total: 7 hours)
  • (Session 1: Test 3.5 hours; Session 2: Test 3.5 hours)
  • Scribe
  • Private Room

Please note that you do not need to request the use of the following aids: 

  • Eyeglasses and hearing aids
  • Insulin pump, if attached to your body (medical equipment not attached to your body requires an accommodation request)
  • Anti-glare screen
  • Cane/crutches/walker

Submitting a Testing Accommodation Request

Candidates who require testing accommodations must register for the exam and submit the required documentation by the Education Verification Deadline for their desired exam appointment. CFP Board cannot guarantee a full review for requests received after this time frame.

Testing accommodation requests must be submitted prior to each exam administration. CFP Board does not carry forward requests from one exam administration to the next.

Please note that upon review, CFP Board may request additional documentation, which will require additional processing time.


Testing Accommodation Form

A completed Testing Accommodation Form and appropriate supporting documentation are required for each testing accommodation request. 

Testing Accommodation Form (PDF, 96KB)

Please note that all sections of the form are requiredIncomplete forms may delay the decisions process.


Supporting Documentation

Testing accommodation requests must be accompanied with documentation from a qualified diagnostic professional demonstrating a current, comprehensive medical or psychiatric or psychological evaluation. This will include detailed letter(s) or report(s) from the evaluator that meet the minimum format, currency and content requirements outlined below. Evaluations must be printed on the diagnostic professional’s letterhead and be signed by the diagnostic professional. The evaluation must meet the following requirements:

Currency Requirements: The diagnostic professional’s evaluation must be completed within the relevant timeframe(s) outlined below:

  • No more than 1 Year prior to anticipated CFP® exam date for physical disabilities, chronic health conditions, psychological and psychiatric disorders.
  • No more than 5 Years prior to anticipated CFP® exam date for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, learning and other cognitive disorders.

Content Requirements:The evaluation must include:

  • A clear and specific diagnosis, with evidence that all diagnostic criteria for the disorder have been met, and confirmation that the symptoms are not due to other disorders, such as an emotional disorder, physical disorder, or English-as-a second-language (ESL) factors.
  • The history of the Exam Applicant’s impairment, including the age that the symptoms of the disorder/condition first appeared, the age of first diagnosis, and a history of the impact of the disorder/condition.
  • The current impact of the disorder/condition on the Exam Applicant’s academic functioning, employment (if relevant), and other activities of daily living.
  • The current functional limitations likely to affect the Exam Applicant’s ability to take the CFP® exam under standard conditions.
  • Specific recommendations for testing accommodations, with a specific rationale for each requested accommodation.

Appealing an Accommodations Decision

If you wish to appeal an accommodations decision, you will need to download and complete a Testing Accommodations Request Appeal Form. Additionally, you will need to provide us with additional documentation to review.

Accommodations experts will review all appeals.

Download the Testing Accommodations Request Appeal Form

Exam Dates

Upcoming:

CFP® Certification Examination

Mar. 14–21, 2017
(Registration Deadline: Feb. 28, 2017)

Most Recent Exam:
CFP® Certification Examination
Nov. 15–19, 2016

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