As a continuing education sponsor offering education programs to certificants of Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (“CFP Board”), the above-named organization (“Sponsor”) hereby requests registration with CFP Board as a Continuing Education Sponsor for calendar year 2016. Sponsor agrees to adhere to the provisions of CFP Board’s continuing education (“CE”) policies as stated in this Continuing Education Sponsor Registration Agreement “Agreement”, and as amended by CFP Board from time to time. Sponsor agrees that all CE programs offered for acceptance by CFP Board (“Programs”) are and will remain correct and current in content and format, and contribute to the continuing competence of CFP® professionals.
This Agreement and Sponsor’s registration with CFP Board shall remain in effect for the calendar year indicated above, unless earlier terminated as set forth herein. Sponsor has the option of renewing Sponsor’s registration with CFP Board at the end of the calendar year. If Sponsor fails to renew by December 31 of the calendar year, Sponsor shall no longer be registered as a CE Sponsor with CFP Board effective January 1 of the following calendar year.
I. Acceptable Program Topics
Programs submitted and maintained for CFP Board’s acceptance may cover any topics included in CFP Board’s current list of Principal Knowledge Topics, which CFP Board may amend from time to time. CFP Board will accept for CE credit only programs that address subject topics identified in the Principal Knowledge Topics (www.CFP.net/2015-principal-topics
) through CFP Board’s comprehensive Job Task Analysis study.
Sponsor agrees to not submit to CFP Board Programs in any subject area than those designated above.
II. General Program Standards
Sponsor agrees, represents, and warrants that its Program(s) meet, and will continue to meet the following requirements:
- Programs contribute to the continuing competence of participants. To demonstrate this, each program must have a program summary, learning objective(s), and stated level of complexity.
- Program Summary: A brief statement that provides an overview of the program, including general topics to be covered, as well as method of delivery and program frequency.
- Learning Objective(s): A specific, measurable statement of what participants will learn in the program. Learning objectives must be realistic when considering the level of complexity and program outline. A minimum of one learning objective per course is required.
- Level of Complexity: A descriptor that demonstrates the knowledge level of the program. This information will help CFP® professionals determine if a program is appropriate for their professional development goals. The Levels of Complexity consist of Overview, Intermediate, and Advanced (defined below).
- Programs are developed by a Subject Matter Expert (SME). The SME must demonstrate a related academic degree, industry credentialing, or a minimum of five years of experience in the related field in order to reasonably be considered qualified in the subject area of the course.
- Program content is current, correct, and presented in an appropriate design and format.
- Programs are not specific to public accounting, computer hardware and software, marketing, practice management, sales, or specific company or product presentations.
- Program titles accurately represent the course content and purpose. Program titles must exclude trademarked names and the titles of other designations, licenses, or certifications.
- CFP® professionals who successfully complete a CE program must receive proof of completion, such as a certificate of attendance. Successful completion documentation must include:
- Name of CFP® professional
- Name of program
- Program ID number on file with CFP Board
- Date of program
- Location (if live)
- Number of CE credits
- Contact information for CE Sponsor
- Signature of sponsor representative
CFP Board defines practice management programs as programs focused on the planning, development, and management of a CFP® certificant’s business operations, including topics such as office management, business model design, budgeting processes, leadership training, and other activities that do not directly contribute to the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for a CFP® certificant to provide competent and ethical financial planning to clients.
Levels of Complexity
Programs provide a general review of a subject from a broad perspective or dive into basic knowledge on a specific skill or topic. Best suited for CFP® professionals seeking knowledge in an unfamiliar subject area and with entry level experience.
Programs build upon knowledge that would be covered in an “overview” level program or assume that working knowledge in the subject to be covered is a pre-requisite. Best suited for CFP® professionals who have previous exposure to the subject being covered and at least 3 years of industry experience.
Programs build upon knowledge that would be covered in an “intermediate” level program or assume that detailed knowledge in the subject to be covered is a pre-requisite. Best suited for CFP® professionals with seasoned industry experience who have intermediate knowledge of the subject being covered.
III. Requirements for Live Programs
In addition to the “General Program Standards” previously listed, Sponsor agrees to comply with CFP Board’s continuing education requirements and standards for each Live Program, as outlined below.
- Attendance is required. For Live Programs presented in-person, the number of participants and physical facilities should be consistent with the teaching method.
- Live Programs will be presented in an initial unit of at least one-hour (minimum of 50 minutes constituting class hour), with half-hour increments accepted after the initial one hour has been satisfied. Total hours will be rounded down to the last full half hour.
- A list of CFP® certificants attending each Live Program will be maintained and made available to CFP Board using CFP Board’s Attendance Reporting Form (www.CFP.net/batch). Sponsor agrees to electronically report continuing education hours earned by attendees to CFP Board within four weeks of completion of the Live Program.
- A written outline of the Live Program will be retained and made available to CFP Board upon request.
CFP Board considers Live Programs to be educational sessions in which the instructor or discussion leader is conducting the program in real-time; the instructor or discussion leader and students are engaged in the educational program at the same time. Live Programs may be in-person sessions, but may also be programs in which the instructor and students are at different locations. Live programs may be standalone sessions conducted in classrooms, seminars, sessions at conferences, panel sessions at conferences, structured discussion groups, live webinars, or teleconferences.
IV. Requirements for Self-Study Programs
In addition to the “General Program Standards” previously listed, Sponsor agrees to comply with CFP Board’s continuing education requirements and standards for each Self-Study Program, as outlined below:
- Materials presented to CFP® certificants seeking to complete the Self-Study Program will be retained by the sponsor for at least four years and made available to CFP Board by the Sponsor upon request.
- CFP® certificants seeking to complete the Self-Study Program will be required to register for the Program and must complete the course within a year from the date of purchase.
- Each Self-Study Program will require evidence of satisfactory completion, including an assessment scored by the sponsor. The Assessment will contain at least 10 graded questions per class hour (with the exception of exams for Self-Study Programs that cover CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct, which must include a minimum of 40 questions). The Self-Study Program will be considered completed satisfactorily only if the certificant receives a score of 70% or higher on the examination (with the exception of Ethics CE Programs that cover CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct, which require a score of 80% or higher on the examination).
- Each examination question must connect to the Program’s stated learning objectives. The examination will contain no ‘True/False’ questions, nor will it reference the location of the answer in the program materials.
- Sponsor will assign class hours to Self-Study Programs based on average completion time (a minimum of 50 minutes of completion time shall constitute one class hour), with half-hour increments accepted after the initial one hour has been satisfied. Total hours will be rounded down to the last full half-hour. Exam time may not be included in the average completion time. The hours must be determined through one of the following methods:
- Pilot test of the representative completion time - minimum of five participants
- Word count formula - [# of words / 180) + actual audio/video duration time] / 50 = CE Credit Hours
- A list of CFP® certificants who successfully complete each Self-Study Program will be maintained and made available to CFP Board using CFP Board’s specified Attendance Reporting Form (www.CFP.net/batch). Sponsor agrees to electronically report to CFP Board continuing education hours earned by attendees within four weeks of an individual’s successful completion of a Self-Study Program.
CFP Board defines Self-Study Programs as those in which the instructor and student are not interacting in real time, or programs for which the student engages in the learning activity without an instructor. Self-Study Programs may be pre-recorded audio programs, pre-recorded webcasts, self-paced digital courses, or self-paced printed material.
V. Requirements for Programs on CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct
Sponsors may choose to develop Ethics Programs intended to satisfy CFP Board’s requirement that CFP® professionals complete courses covering CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct (collectively referred to as “CFP Board’s Professional Standards”). Sponsors wishing to register Programs on CFP Board’s Professional Standards must register separately as a “CFP Board Ethics CE Sponsor” by completing and submitting the appropriate registration form and paying the applicable registration fee. Programs covering CFP Board’s Professional Standards must be pre-approved and are subject to additional requirements as described in the Sub-Agreement entitled CFP Board Ethics Continuing Education Sponsor Registration Agreement.
VI. Attendance Reporting
Sponsor agrees to electronically report Live Program attendance lists and Self-Study Program completion lists to CFP Board, using CFP Board’s specified Attendance Report Form, available at (www.CFP.net/batch
), within four weeks of a Program’s completion. Sponsor further agrees to submit completed Attendance Report Forms via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
VII. Program Records
Sponsor agrees to maintain records for a period of four years following the date each Program is presented:
- The date and location of the Program presentation(s).
- The name(s) of each instructor or discussion leader.
- The list of CFP® certificants attending each Live Program presentation and/or the list of CFP® certificants successfully completing each Self-Study Program.
- The written outline of the Program presentation(s).
Sponsor understands and agrees that the above Program records will be located at the address stated at the beginning of this document unless otherwise noted by the Sponsor.
All records are subject to audit and review by CFP Board. Sponsor agrees to make these records available as well as provide exact copies of all requested records to CFP Board or its designee during regular business for a period of four years following the date of Program offering. Sponsor agrees to notify CFP Board as to the location of these records if they are removed from the designated location prior to expiration of the above four-year period. Sponsor further agrees to cooperate to its fullest to any CFP Board inquiry regarding these records.
VIII. Program Acceptance and Advertising
In consideration for compliance with this agreement, Sponsor understands that after acceptance by CFP Board of submitted programs and receipt of appropriate fees, it may advertise itself as a “CFP Board-Registered CE Sponsor” and advise prospective attendees of the number of hours accepted by CFP Board for successful completion of the Program. Notification shall be made using the phrases: “has been accepted by CFP Board” or “has been granted by CFP Board.” These phrases shall not be used for any programs not accepted by CFP Board. Sponsor further agrees that its advertising will not use terms such as “accredited,” “certified” or “approved,” or any other terms which imply that a determination has been made by CFP Board on the merits or quality of any Program; Programs on CFP Board’s Professional Standards that have been pre-approved by CFP Board are the sole exceptions.
IX. CFP Board’s Trademark Rights
Sponsor hereby agrees and acknowledges that CFP Board is the sole, absolute, and exclusive owner of all rights, title, and interest in and to the marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, CFP® (with plaque design) and CFP® (with flame design) (Marks). Sponsor hereby acknowledges and agrees not to (i) challenge the validity of the Marks (or any other marks owned by CFP Board), (ii) adopt, use, or promote any mark that is confusingly similar to the Marks, (iii) challenge CFP Board as the sole, absolute, and exclusive owner of all right, title, and interest in and to the Marks, and the goodwill associated therewith, or (iv) take or encourage any action which would impair the rights of CFP Board in and to the Marks (or any other marks owned by CFP Board) or the goodwill associated therewith. Sponsor hereby agrees not to use the Marks, or any mark confusingly similar thereto, unless otherwise authorized to do so by CFP Board. Sponsor acknowledges and agrees that CFP Board shall have the sole right to file applications to register, and to obtain registration for, the Marks. Sponsor further agrees to cooperate fully with CFP Board in filing such applications and obtaining such registrations, including providing CFP Board with specimens of use of the Marks and executing any documents requested by CFP Board. Sponsor agrees to cooperate with CFP Board in protecting, enforcing, and defending the Marks.
X. Restrictions on Use of CFP Board Trademarks
Sponsor represents and warrants that it has read, understands, and agrees to adhere to all guidelines outlined in CFP Board’s Guide to Marks Use - Educational Provider Version, as updated by CFP Board from time to time.
Sponsor further agrees that all of its advertising, course materials, and related documents in which CFP Board marks appear will also include the following tag line:
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, CFP® (with plaque design) and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements.
Without limiting the other terms set forth in this Agreement, unless otherwise approved by CFP Board in writing, Sponsor shall not, directly or indirectly: (i) use the Marks in conjunction with the provision of any financial services; (ii) use the Marks in conjunction with the sale of any tangible goods; (iii) use the Marks in conjunction with the provision of any services; (iv) certify individuals to use the Marks; (v) use the Marks in any way outside the United States; (vi) unless separately authorized by CFP Board, state or imply that CFP Board has made a determination on the merits or quality of any Program that is intended to meet its continuing education requirements; or (vii) use the Marks on any materials that have any logos, insignia, marks, trademarks, service marks or trade names of any financial service company or sponsor, unless otherwise authorized to do so by CFP Board.
Sponsor shall immediately notify CFP Board in writing of any infringements, imitations, claims, or other problems with respect to the Marks which may arise or otherwise come to Sponsor’s attention. CFP Board shall have the sole right, but not the obligation, to take any action on account of any such infringement, imitation, claim, or problem. Sponsor will not institute any suit nor take any other action on account of such infringements, imitations, claims, or problems without the prior express written consent of CFP Board.
XII. Registration Fee Schedule
CE Sponsor registration is provided on an annual, calendar year basis. CE Sponsor registration expires on December 31 of the calendar year of the assented CE Sponsor Registration Agreement. Renewal of the CE Sponsor registration is required on an annual basis.
Annual Registration Fees
For Profit Company:
$500 per year
$250 per year
Initial annual registration fee must accompany Continuing Education Sponsor Registration Agreement. Program application fees must be submitted with the program application. Programs will not be reviewed unless accompanied by fees. Fees are subject to change. Fees are not prorated.
All fees are nonrefundable.
XIII. Compliance, Maintenance, and Review
Sponsor understands that CFP Board may audit Program(s) at CFP Board’s discretion. Sponsor further understands that CFP Board’s audit process may include site visits or other reviews of sponsors and Programs and require submission of additional data as needed by CFP Board to determine compliance with CFP Board’s policies and requirements. Sponsor agrees to submit written notification of any change(s) affecting this agreement and subsequently submitted Programs. Sponsors/Programs deemed by CFP Board not to comply with standards established by CFP Board may subsequently be terminated as sponsors at any time and/or have acceptance for a Program’s continuing education hours modified, suspended, or revoked.
Sponsor understands and agrees that failure to comply with any or all of this agreement and/or failure to meet acceptable standards in its programs, as determined by CFP Board, may result in termination of its sponsorship and/or of acceptance of its Program(s) and that notice of such termination may be given by CFP Board to all CFP® certificants. Sponsor hereby agrees to comply with all of the foregoing terms and conditions.
Sponsor hereby agrees to defend, hold harmless, and indemnify CFP Board, its officers, directors, agents, affiliates, certificants, volunteers, and employees from any liability, including all claims, demands, losses, or liabilities and all costs and expenses, including, without limitation, attorney’s fees, of any kind, that may arise as a result of its offering the Program(s) for acceptance by CFP Board, or out of CFP Board’s acceptance of such Program(s) toward an individual’s completion of CFP Board’s certification requirements or out of Sponsor’s breach of this Agreement, negligence, or misconduct.
XV. Termination by CFP Board
This Agreement may be terminated by CFP Board if CFP Board, in its sole discretion, determines that Sponsor at any time fails to comply with any provision of the Guidelines or this Agreement. In the event the Sponsor performs any act which reflects unfavorably upon CFP Board, or jeopardizes the Marks, in the sole and absolute discretion of CFP Board, CFP Board shall have the right to terminate this Agreement immediately.
Upon termination of this Agreement for any reason: (i) all rights granted to Sponsor under this Agreement shall immediately cease; (ii) CFP Board shall remove Sponsor’s name and/or Program(s) from CFP Board’s list of CE Sponsors upon the next version of any printed publication containing such list, and upon the next revision to any Web site bearing such list; (iii) Sponsor shall immediately destroy all materials bearing the Marks, and shall further cease and desist from any further use of the Marks or any further reference to them, either directly or indirectly; and (iv) Sponsor shall not use any of the Marks or any trademark or name confusingly similar thereto. Removal of Sponsor from such lists shall not limit any other action CFP Board may take with respect to misuse of the Marks, including the infringement of any CFP Board trademark.
The following sections will survive the termination of this Agreement: Program Records, CFP Board’s Trademark Rights, Indemnification, Limitation of Liability, Termination, and Miscellaneous Terms.
XVI. Termination for Convenience
Either party may terminate this Agreement for any reason upon thirty (30) days advance written notice to the other party. Fees paid by Sponsor are not refundable.
XVII. Sale of Program
If the Sponsor of a Program accepted pursuant to this Agreement sells or loans the Program to another organization (third party), the third party must be or become a CFP Board-Registered CE Sponsor by completing a Continuing Education Sponsor Registration Agreement and submitting the required fees to CFP Board. The selling/loaning Sponsor must provide written notification to the third party that registration with CFP Board and adherence to its requirements is required prior to the presentation of materials. The selling/loaning Sponsor must also provide CFP Board with timely written notification of the transaction and the name, address, and telephone number of the third party.
XVIII. Miscellaneous Terms
Sponsor understands and agrees as follows:
- This Agreement is governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the United States and the District of Columbia without reference to choice of law provisions. The parties hereto agree and stipulate that this Agreement shall be deemed to have been entered into by both parties in the District of Columbia. Any claim or cause of action arising out of or connected with this Agreement shall be brought exclusively in either the local or federal courts of the District of Columbia, and the parties hereto consent to submit to the personal jurisdiction of such courts, and waive all objections to such jurisdiction and venue.
EACH PARTY HERETO HEREBY WAIVES ITS RIGHTS TO A JURY TRIAL OF ANY CLAIM OR CAUSE OF ACTION BASED UPON OR ARISING OUT OF THIS AGREEMENT OR THE SUBJECT MATTER HEREOF.
If any part of any provision of this Agreement shall be invalid or unenforceable in any respect, such part shall be ineffective to the extent of such invalidity or unenforceability only, without in any way affecting the remaining parts of such provision or remaining provisions of this Agreement.
In the event of a breach by Sponsor of the provisions of this Agreement, CFP Board shall be entitled to recover against Sponsor all attorney’s fees and costs, including expert witness fees or expenses, incurred by CFP Board in the prosecution of any claim against Sponsor arising out of Sponsor’s breach of this Agreement.
- This Agreement will be binding on Sponsor, its survivors, and assignees. However, Sponsor understands that it may not assign its rights under this Agreement or delegate or subcontract its duties under this Agreement without the express written consent of CFP Board. Sponsor understands and agrees that any attempted or purported transfer in violation of the foregoing shall be null and void and without affect.
- With the exception of any applicable sub-agreements hereto, this Agreement embodies all of the terms and conditions of the agreement between Sponsor and CFP Board with respect to the subject matter of this Agreement. There are no other statements, terms, conditions, representations, or warranties that have not been embodied herein.
- The waiver by CFP Board of a breach of or a default under any provision of this Agreement, shall not be construed as a waiver of any subsequent breach of the same or any other provision of this Agreement, nor shall any delay or omission on the part of CFP Board to exercise or avail itself of any right or remedy that it has or may have hereunder operate as a waiver of any right or remedy. This Agreement may not be modified or amended, except in writing signed on behalf of both parties by their duly authorized representatives.
- Sponsor agrees not to represent itself to be, an agent, employee, partner, or joint venture of CFP Board, nor transact any business on CFP Board’s behalf, nor in any form make promises, representations, or warranties that incur any liability for or on behalf of CFP Board.
The undersigned, an authorized representative of Sponsor, understands and agrees that Sponsor’s failure to comply with any or all of this Agreement and/or failure to meet acceptable standards in its Programs, as determined by CFP Board, may result in termination of its sponsorship and/or of acceptance of its Program(s) and that notice of such termination may be given by CFP Board to all CFP® certificants. Sponsor hereby agrees to comply with all of the foregoing terms and conditions.