CFP Certification Around the Globe - CFP Board

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CFP Certification Around the Globe

Following widespread interest in the CFP® certification program from individuals and organizations around the globe, CFP Board facilitated the establishment of the International CFP Council in 1990 to promote the professionalism of individuals and organizations offering financial planning services and to ensure that such services are offered in an ethical and competent manner throughout the world.

In 2004, responsibility for administering the CFP certification program outside the U.S. was transferred from CFP Board and the International CFP Council to an independent organization, Financial Planning Standards Board (FPSB), established to further foster the internationalization of the CFP marks. A nonprofit, international standards-setting body, FPSB manages, develops and operates certification, education and related programs for financial planning organizations to benefit the global community by establishing, upholding and promoting worldwide professional standards in financial planning. FPSB's commitment to excellence is represented by the CFP and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER and CFP (with flame logo) trademarks, which FPSB owns outside the U.S. FPSB works in conjunction with its members to develop and promote rigorous international competency, ethics and professional practice standards for CFP professionals in member countries/regions to ensure that consumers looking for qualified personal financial planners understand and value CFP certification.

As of November 2011, FPSB has members and associate members from 24 territories around the world, including CFP Board, which joined FPSB in 2008. Collectively, FPSB members have authorized approximately 140,000 individuals to use the CFP® marks in their respective countries and regions. More information on FPSB is available at

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Did You Know?

Among clients who work with an advisor, 87% of those working with a CFP® professional are satisfied or very satisfied, compared with 72% of those who work with an advisor without certification.
Anyone can call themselves a “financial planner.” Only professionals who meet CFP Board’s rigorous standards can call themselves CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals.
The 2013 Household Financial Planning Survey shows that those with a financial plan feel more confident and report more success managing money, savings and investments than those without a plan.