Look for the CFP®] designation. There are many designations in the financial planning field, but one of the toughest to get is CFP[® professional], or CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER[™ certification], which involves a 10-hour test, three years of financial planning experience and completion of a course of study at an approved university.
"By far, it's the designation that I'm most proud of," said Wenner, principal at Wipfli Hewins Investment Advisors in Edina. CFP[® professionals] are also bound by the CFP [Board] Code of Ethics, which means they have to disclose in writing all conflicts of interest and sources of income.
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Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 2, 2011