About CFP Board


Council on Education

The Council on Education advises CFP Board staff on the development and clarification of all educational policies related to the CFP® certification process. Comprised of members from the academic community, Program Directors, certification experts and CFP® professionals, the Council provides input on policies that relate to CFP Board-Registered Programs and Continuing Education Sponsors.

2015 Members

Harry M. Starn, Jr., CFP®
California Institute of Finance 
California Lutheran University
Thousand Oaks, CA

John E. Crilly, CFP®
U.S. Trust
New York, NY

Terry Donahe, CFP®, CLU, ChFC
Springwater Wealth Management, LLC
Portland, OR

David Freed
Beacon Hill Financial Educators
Newburyport, MA

Kathy F. Oakley, CFP®
Glasscock School of Continuing Studies
Rice University
Pearland, TX

Joyce Schnur, CFP®, ChFC
Kaplan University School of Professional and Continuing Education
Butler, PA

June Tuman, CFP®, CAP, ChFC
WealthSpring Financial Advisors, LLC
Bethesda, MD

Interested in contributing to CFP Board's work through service on the Council on Education or other important advisory and working groups?  Submit a volunteer application.

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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.
Putting Your Needs First
CFP Board requires CFP® professionals to put their clients’ interests ahead of their own at all times.