Marking Milestones: More than 80,000 CFP® Professionals in the United States

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Marking Milestones: More than 80,000 CFP® Professionals in the United States

Jan 08, 2018
Record Number of New Women CFP® Professionals

The American public can now rely on more than 80,000 CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals in the United States – including a record 1,250 women who were certified in 2017 alone –  to provide competent and ethical financial planning services.

“CFP® certification has become the must-have designation for those providing financial advice,” said CFP Board’s Chief Executive Officer Kevin R. Keller, CAE. “We look forward to 2018 as we build on our success and see more professionals become certified and more Americans using CFP® professionals for their financial planning needs.”

2017 Highlights

  • 80,035 total CFP® professionals at the end of 2017 – a 43 percent increase since 2007
  • 18,578 women CFP® professionals
  • 4,930 new individuals certified, including 1,250 women – the most since 2006
  • More than 59,000 people subscribed to CFP Board’s online Candidate Forum
  • Now more than 700 engagements between female candidates and CFP® professionals who have agreed to mentor those in pursuit of certification

Financial professionals can choose from nearly 180 designations, according to FINRA’s designation database. CFP® certification provides advisors the training in personal financial planning desired by today’s consumer.

CFP® certification, which is one of only six financial designations accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, also provides important consumer protections through CFP Board’s disciplinary process. Those individuals found to have violated CFP Board’s standards can have their certification suspended or revoked, which is made public.

The record number of women CFP® professionals can also be attributed to the programs delivered by CFP Board’s Center for Financial Planning.  The Center was established to facilitate the future of the profession and to create a more diverse and sustainable financial planning profession. With programs like “I Am a CFP® Pro,” a job re-entry initiative, its Women’s Initiative (WIN) Council and other efforts, the Center helps create opportunities for women and people of color to learn about financial planning as a career and, specifically, how to earn the CFP® certification.

“While we are proud that the ranks of CFP® professionals continues to increase, we know that more can be done to encourage young people, women and people of color to join this great profession,” said Keller. “The Center for Financial Planning is helping to plant the seeds for a growing and thriving profession that serves the public.”

A full list of statistics about CFP® professionals can be found at

To learn more about CFP® certification and how to start the journey to certification visit

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The mission of Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. is to benefit the public by granting the CFP® certification and upholding it as the recognized standard of excellence for competent and ethical personal financial planning. The Board of Directors, in furthering CFP Board's mission, acts on behalf of the public, CFP® professionals and other stakeholders. CFP Board 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.  CFP Board currently authorizes more than 80,000 individuals to use these marks in the U.S.

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Did You Know?

Among clients who work with an advisor, 87% of those working with a CFP® professional are satisfied or very satisfied, compared with 72% of those who work with an advisor without certification.
Anyone can call themselves a “financial planner.” Only professionals who meet CFP Board’s rigorous standards can call themselves CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals.
The 2013 Household Financial Planning Survey shows that those with a financial plan feel more confident and report more success managing money, savings and investments than those without a plan.
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