Ethics CE Program Requirements

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Ethics CE Program Requirements

CFP® professionals are required to complete a CFP Board approved Ethics CE Program every two years.  Ethics programs are renewed annually with the course curriculum valid for a 2-year cycle.  CFP Board assumes responsibility for updating the learning objectives and course content every even-numbered year.  

CE Sponsors interested in offering an Ethics CE program must follow the instructions for requesting CFP Board’s Ethics CE curriculum.  CFP Board will review each request before providing the CE Sponsor with the link, made available through the CE Sponsor Portal, to review and download course materials. 


  1. The CE Sponsor will abide by the 2018 CE Sponsor Terms and Conditions as well as the additional requirements outlined below. 
  2. For the purposes of Ethics CE, self-study will be defined as follows:
    1. Course curriculum is offered online through a Learning Management System of the Sponsor’s choice;
    2. Required forced progression through the content and completion of all activities before access is given to the final assessment;
    3. Activities, pop-up quizzes and question randomization on the assessment will be incorporated into the course design;
    4. A summary of correct assessment responses will be viewable after a passing score is achieved; and
    5. After three (3) consecutive unsuccessful assessment attempts the student will be required to retake the course and/or there will be a pre-determined waiting period.
  3. The CE Sponsor agrees to incorporate any curriculum updates provided by CFP Board within 30 days of receipt.
  4. The CE Sponsor will aggressively promote and encourage completion of an online course evaluation for Live Ethics CE; Sponsors offering Self-Study Ethics CE will require participants to complete the course evaluation before providing access to the Certificate of Completion.
  5. CFP Board will audit courses:
    1. All self-study Ethics CE courses will be audited within 45 days of their go-live date
    2. Secret Shoppers may audit Live Ethics CE programs
  6. CFP Board reserves the right to require course changes; additional instructor training and/or replacement based on the results of these audits and the course evaluations.  CFP Board will share audit results and Live program evaluations with the Sponsor in a timely manner.

Access to Course Curriculum

Once the program request is marked as Accepted, the Program Guide, course materials and resource documents will be accessible via a link in the CE Sponsor Portal.  Specifically you will have access to:

  • Comprehensive (generic) presentation with Instructor Notes organized to Best Practice specifications
    • PowerPoint can be branded for Live presentations
    • Content can be copied and pasted as appropriate to create the online course
  • Course Activities
    • Opening Exercise
    • Polling Questions
    • Case Studies
    • Short Vignettes
    • Activities
    • “Placemat” Games
  • Instructions for accessing and using Kahoot! for online polling (Live programs)
  • Assessment Questions (online courses)
    • Question Pool for each Learning Objective
    • Correct response with explanation
  • Instructor Package (Live programs)

Content Modifications/Additions

The PowerPoint content can be copied into the CE Sponsors branded format.  As long as the required core content is covered, the CE Sponsor may add complimentary content to meet the needs of their audience.  It is an expectation that all Ethics CE will involve an interactive component.  Using the models presented in the available case studies and vignettes, similar activities can be created and used in addition to or in lieu of those provided.  CFP Board will not, at this time, require that additional content or new activities be submitted for pre-approval. 

Instructor Eligibility (Live Programs)

CE Sponsors will identify the instructor(s) presenting Ethics CE in a Live format at the time of program submission.  CFP Board requires a minimum of 14 days to complete the Instructor verification process.  CE Sponsors will be responsible for ensuring their instructors meet and follow thru on the following requirements before they lead an Ethics program. 

  1. Have a current status of Certified, with all renewal and other fees paid in full;
  2. Have held CFP® certification, with no breaks in Certified status, for a minimum of 5 years;
  3. Have no cases pending investigation by CFP Board or any federal or state regulator;
  4. Not have been the subject of a CFP Board disciplinary action (i.e. private censure, public letter of admonition, or suspension) within the past five years;
  5. Participate in a live Instructor Training webinar or review the recorded webinar in full
  6. Complete and submit the Instructor attestation 


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