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Team Arrangements


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Answers questions regarding how to apply the Standards to team practices.

CFP Board wants all CFP® professionals to have a thorough understanding of the Standards of Professional Conduct. Questions not answered in these FAQs may be sent to for consideration and possible inclusion in future revisions of this document.

Question 8-1: How do the Standards relate to CFP®professionals who provide services as part of a team arrangement?

CFP Board’s application of the Standards to a CFP® professional who functions as a member of a team focuses primarily on the functions performed by the individual. This includes a determination of the contributions the CFP® professional makes to services the team provides to a client. That determination includes evaluating the overall services the team provides to a client as context for the CFP® professional’s contributions.

A team situation involves a number of variables that affect the context in which the CFP® professional contributes to a team’s services to a client. When determining whether a CFP® professional on a team has provided financial planning services, the following factors may be applicable:

  1. The client’s understanding and intent in engaging the team, the CFP® professional’s contributions to the team and the CFP® professional’s role with the client;
  2. The degree to which the CFP® professional’s contributions to the team involved multiple financial planning subject areas;
  3. The comprehensiveness of the data gathering the CFP® professional conducted as part of the team’s services to the client; and
  4. The breadth and depth of any recommendations the CFP® professional contributed to the team’s services to the client.

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