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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What topics are eligible for CE credit?

Eligible program content relates directly to one or more of CFP Board's Principal Knowledge Topics.

The Principal Knowledge Topics are determined as a result of CFP Board's Job Task Analysis, the largest research project in the U.S. related to the body of knowledge for financial planning. CFP Board conducts a Job Task Analysis in partnership with a major testing firm every five years, the most recent of which was completed in 2015.

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2. What topics do not qualify for CE credit?

Content with a focus on the following topics is ineligible for CE credit:

  • practice management
  • public accounting
  • computer hardware or software
  • marketing, prospecting, or sales
  • specific company or product presentations

Topics not included in the list of CFP Board's Principal Knowledge Topics are ineligible for CE credit. 

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3. Can I submit a single application for a conference?

While each session of the conference will need to be submitted individually for review, you will only need to provide the general conference information once; i.e., conference title, conference start and end date, city and state.  Each session must be at least one CE credit hour (50 minutes) in length.

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4. How many hours of CE credit should I request?

Live Programs are eligible for 1.00 CE credit hour per 50 minutes of instruction time. Programs must be at least 1.00 CE credit hour in length. CE credit hours are rounded down to the nearest half CE credit hour. Live program hours are automatically determined based on the number of minutes you enter as part of the submission process.  For example:

  • A Live Program with 75 minutes of instruction is eligible for 1.50 CE credit hours.

Self-Study Program hours are automatically determined based in the information your provide for this two-part requirement:

  1. Using either of the following two methods for quantifying hours: (1) a pilot test of the representative completion time* with a minimum of five participants, or (2) using the following word count formula: [(# of words / 180) + actual duration time of any audio/video in minutes] / 50 = CE Credit Hours.
    • 1.00 CE credit hour per 50 minutes of average completion time; 0.50 CE credit hours per 25 minutes. Programs must be eligible for at least 1.00 CE credit hour. CE credit hours are rounded down to the nearest half CE credit hour.
  2. Evidence of satisfactory completion, including an assessment/examination scored by the program provider.
    • The assessment/examination must contain a minimum of 5 questions per full CE credit hour (Example: a 1.50 CE credit hour program must include an assessment containing at least 5 questions).
    • A passing score is 70%.

* Exam time may not be included in the average completion time.

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5. Does the annual CE Sponsor registration fee cover program application fees?

No. Each program application submission incurs a separate program application fee as outlined in the 2019 CE Sponsor Terms and Conditions

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6. My organization is a nonprofit. Are the registration fees different?

Yes. When completing the CE Sponsor application you will be asked to provide your Tax ID number and attach a copy of the IRS letter or certificate confirming your 501(c) status. This documentation is required to be eligible for the reduced sponsorship and program fees.

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7. Do I have to submit my program application online?

Yes, program applications do need to be submitted online.  CFP Board does not accept program applications received via mail, fax, and/or as a PDF attachment to an email. 

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8. How long will it take to review my program application?

Once the program fee is paid, the review process is generally completed within 3 to 5 business days.  If we need additional information, you will be notified via email with a specific request for documentation.  

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9. Why did CFP Board not accept my program application?

CFP Board CE staff sends an email confirmation outlining the reason(s) for denying a program application. Some common reasons for denying a program are: not meeting the minimum time or examination requirements, not addressing topics identified in the list of Principal Knowledge Topics, or for a focus on an excluded topic (i.e. product specific, practice management, etc.).

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10. Can I submit a program application after a program has been held?

Yes, but you will incur a $100.00 late fee, as outlined in the 2019 CE Sponsor Terms and Conditions. CFP Board encourages registered CE sponsors to submit their program applications to CFP Board well in advance of the program offering date with enough time allowed for the 3-5 business day review period.

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11. The administrative contact for our CE program has changed. What should I do?

Keep CFP Board CE staff informed of any changes to the Primary Point of Contact by emailing Once notified, we will update the system which will ensure continued access to your account and receipt of important communications.

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12. Do I need to submit an attendance report for my program?

Yes.  CE Sponsors are required to upload course completion reports to CFP® professional accounts within 14 days of a program's completion, using the online CE Attendance Reporting Profile available in their CE Sponsor accounts.

CFP Board’s full attendance reporting policies and a step-by-step guide can be found at

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13. How do I contact CFP Board CE Sponsor staff?

Contact CFP Board Continuing Education Staff directly at

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