Pre-certification Continuing Education Requirement

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Continuing Education

Changes to CFP Board CE Policies
Effective October 1, 2018

  1. Self-Study Program Assessment Requirement
  2. Changes to Calculation of CE Credit Hours for Non-Registered Self-Study Programs
  3. Changes to CE Audit Procedures

Read the Full Announcement of These CE Policy Changes

Candidates who do not finish the CFP® certification process within 12 months of passing the CFP® examination begin to accrue a continuing education requirement at a rate of 15 CE credit hours per year (prorated at 1.25 CE credit hours per month).  This accrual begins 13 months after passing the exam and continues until the Experience and Degree requirements have been met. CE accrual stops after the second of these two requirements is met, and must be completed within six months for the candidate to be eligible for certification.  After CE completion, the candidate has access to the Ethics application and payment steps of the process.

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CFP® Certification Examination
March 10-17, 2020

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CFP® Certification Examination
November 5-12, 2019

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