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The Experience Requirement for CFP® Certification

This webinar reviews the experience requirement for CFP® certification.  Held on October 22, 2013, the webinar was hosted by Christy Callaway, CFP Board’s Administrator of Education, Examination & Talent, and presented by Shar Gogerdchi, CFP®, CFP Board’s Continuing Education & Experience Manager, and provides guidance on: 

  • The 3-year experience requirement
  • The limited 2-year “apprenticeship” experience option
  • How submissions are reviewed, and
  • Common pitfalls and tips regarding the submission process


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