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What is the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Certification?What is the CFP Certification?

This brochure explains the importance of CFP® certification and working with a CFP® professional. Working with a CFP® professional is an important first step toward reaching your financial goals. Not only do these advisors meet rigorous education and experience requirements, but they are also held to the highest ethical and professional standards in the industry.

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Consumer Guide to Financial Planning

This brochure shares what you should know about financial planning, how to get started with your financial plan, and how to find a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner qualified to help you with your financial planning needs.

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Kiplinger’s Special Report:
How to Get the Financial Advice That’s Right for You

How to Get Financial Advice Right for YouThis special report for investors from Kiplinger's, compliments of CFP Board, covers a range of information you'll want to consider when selecting a financial advisor, including:

  • Finding the Right Fit
  • The Range of Advisers
  • How to Vet an Adviser
  • The Fiduciary Rule

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"Let's Make a Plan" blog

Weekly blog posts from CFP Board's Senior Ambassador, Jill Schlesinger, CFP® and local Ambassadors provide tips, strategies and insight when it comes to financial planning. Read the blog for important information to help you manage all financial aspects of your life – your benefits, spending, debt, property, income, taxes, the transfer of your assets to your family. You don't need to have a lot of money or be close to retirement in order to benefit from financial planning. 

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"Let's Make a Plan" eNewsletter

CFP Board's monthly "Let's Make a Plan" eNewsletter for consumers includes helpful articles and information on financial planning. Get tips on a variety of personal finance topics so that you can get the most out of your financial plan.

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Savings Fitness: A Guide to Your Money and Your Financial Future


Create your personal savings plan and prepare for retirement and other goals with this step-by-step guide created by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) and CFP Board. Included are customizable worksheets and calculators to help you get started with your plan.

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Savings Fitness Worksheets

On April 23, 2014, CFP Board and EBSA introduced user-friendly online versions of Savings Fitness worksheets and held a webcast that offered practical information on financial planning and guidance on using the online worksheets to set short- and long-term financial goals, calculate net worth, estimate retirement savings needs, develop a budget or cash flow spending plan, and organize debt.

Access the online financial planning tools on EBSA's website

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CFP Board’s Financial Planning Competency Handbook

CFP Board's Financial Planning Competency Handbook is the essential reference for those at any stage of the CFP® certification process, as well as a one-stop resource for practitioners looking to better serve their clients.

This fully updated second edition contains more than 90 chapters on the profession’s core body of knowledge, and features new case studies, links to new instructional videos, brand new content on connections diagrams, and a new section devoted to the interdisciplinary nature of financial planning. You’ll gain insights from diverse fields like psychology, behavioral finance, communication, and marriage and family therapy that help you better connect with and guide your clients.

CFP® professionals can also obtain 28 CE credit hours by taking and passing the online test that’s accessible using the free PIN code found at the back of the book.

Order the Financial Planning Competency Handbook from CFP Board through your online CFP Board account (access your account, and go to the “Online Store” tab to order.)

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The Center's focus includes workforce development, diversity, and the profession's body of knowledge.

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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.