The Benefits of CFP Certification

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What CFP® Certification Can Do for You

CFP® Professionals speak out on the benefits of certification

CFP® certification is generally recognized as the highest standard in personal financial planning, qualifying financial planning professionals to provide their clients with comprehensive financial advice. CFP Board recently interviewed CFP® professionals on why they chose to become a CFP® professional and the benefits CFP® certification has provided for them and their clients. These interviews highlight the positive impact obtaining CFP® certification has had on many professionals’ careers.

Hear firsthand accounts by CFP® professionals in the videos below. Simply click to play each video. To view a larger version, once the video is playing, click the box on the bottom right of the video player window.

Brant O. Greene, MBA, CFP®, Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial, is interviewed about why he became a CFP® professional and the importance of earning CFP® certification.

AnneMarie Kessler, CFP®, talks about becoming a CFP® professional through the Challenge status process. Learn more about eligibility for Challenge status.

Lazetta Rainey Braxton, MBA, CFP®, Founder & CEO, Financial Fountains, is interviewed about why she became a CFP® professional.

Jeff Crampton, CFP®, CFA®, MBA found that adding CFP® to his credentials distinguishes him in the field.

Clarissa Hobson, CFP®, Senior Financial Planning Advisor, Carnick & Kubik, is interviewed about the credibility she gained by becoming a CFP® professional.

Joseph McLaughlin, CFP®, Financial Advisor, First Command Financial Services, is interviewed about how important becoming a CFP® professional was to his financial advising career.

CFP® professionals talk about their commitment to earning CFP® certification and how it changed their careers and service to their clients.

Note: These CFP® professionals volunteered to be interviewed and were not compensated in any way.

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Employment for personal financial advisors is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2024. Bureau of Labor Statistics

In a March 2012 survey of American consumers, 60% indicated they would benefit from the counsel of a financial planner or advisor.

If you hold one of several degrees, licenses or credentials, you can take the CFP® Exam after completing a single capstone course.

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Professionals who have already earned their CFP® certification have enjoyed an average income increase of 30%.

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More clients who work with a CFP® professional are satisfied or very satisfied, compared those who work with an advisor without certification.

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