Current Standards of Professional Conduct

For CFP® Professionals

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Current Standards of Professional Conduct

CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct were revised in May 2007 and adopted with an effective date of July 1, 2008 and an enforcement date of January 1, 2009. These Standards remain in effect through September 30, 2019.  

For conduct that occurs between October 1, 2019 and June 29, 2020, CFP Board will continue to enforce violations of the existing Standards of Professional Conduct. Starting June 30, 2020 and onward, CFP® professionals will then be subject to potential disciplinary action for any violations of the new Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct.

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Effective Date: July 1, 2008
Enforcement Date: January 1, 2009

Compliance Resources

CFP Board has developed a variety of resources to assist CFP® professionals understand and meet their obligations under CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct. Resources include:

  • Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
  • Sample Disclosure Forms and Client Agreement Forms
  • Recorded Webinars

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Enforcement 

CFP Board's rigorous enforcement of its Standards of Professional Conduct — including releasing disciplinary information to the public — distinguishes the CFP® certification from the many other designations in the financial services industry. Everyone who seeks CFP® certification is subject to a background check, and those whose past conduct falls short of CFP Board's ethical and practice standards can be barred from becoming certified. After attaining certification, a CFP® professional who violates CFP Board's ethical and practice standards becomes subject to disciplinary action up to the permanent revocation of certification. CFP Board is committed to maintaining a disciplinary process that is fair to the certificants whose conduct comes under scrutiny and one that is credible to the public.

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