CFP Board’s standards for CE programs on CFP Board’s Ethical Standards outline several content requirements, including those below:
Programs are designed to satisfy the CFP® certification renewal requirement of 2 hours of continuing education on CFP Board’s Ethical Standards (which includes the Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Rules of Conduct and Financial Planning Practice Standards).
Programs must consist of 100 minutes per session.
Sessions must focus on the learning objectives. Programs may make use of case studies taken from CFP Board’s Anonymous Case History and may also make use of fictitious scenarios that illustrate issues related to CFP Board’s Ethical Standards. However, fictitious scenarios may not be accompanied with predictions of actions CFP Board might take when presented with any fictitious scenario.
Programs, including all related materials, must use the most updated version of CFP Board’s Ethical Standards, with updates to be made no later than six weeks after notification of changes to CFP Board’s Ethical Standards.
For more detail on CFP Board’s standards for CE programs on CFP Board’s Ethical Standards, please consult the Ethics CE Sponsor Registration Agreement (PDF, 1,879 KB).
Effective January 2014, Ethics CE programs registered with CFP Board must be designed to accomplish the following required learning objectives.
Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:
Ethics CE programs may go beyond the learning objectives to include additional information specific to CFP Board’s ethical standards as outlined in the publication titled Standards of Professional Conduct. However, all Ethics CE programs must, at a minimum, address the required learning objectives.
CFP Board will evaluate the learning objectives every two years to ensure relevance and consistency with CFP Board’s ethical standards.
Effective January 2014, instructors of Ethics CE programs registered with CFP Board must meet the following requirements.
The instructor and author of an Ethics CE program must:
Individuals who do not meet all of the above criteria may submit a Policy Exception Request (PDF, 60 KB) to CFP Board.
Download and complete the Ethics CE Sponsor Registration Agreement > (PDF, 1,879 KB). Review the CE Sponsor Fee Schedule (PDF, 53KB)
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