Practice Standards Reference Guide
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CFP Board created this Practice Standards Reference Guide to help CFP® professionals understand the new seven-step financial planning process set forth in the Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct ("Code and Standards"). This reference guide, which originally appeared in the Roadmap to the Code and Standards, breaks down the seven steps involved in financial planning and provide tips to CFP® professionals about what actions are required under each step in the process.
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This compliance resource is part of a full library of resources that CFP® professionals can use to comply with the Code and Standards. More guidance materials can be found in our Compliance Resources Library.