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Holding both CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification and the ChFC® (Chartered Financial Consultant®) designation gives you a competitive edge. Not only can you focus on holistic personal financial planning that your clients need, but also extend a fiduciary arm to serving their best interests.

How CFP® Certification Differs from the ChFC®

Nearly 8,000 professionals hold both the CFP® certification and the ChFC® designation. These two credentials are widely recognized in the financial services industry, but CFP® certification is the standard of excellence in personal financial planning and the most recognized by consumers and potential clients. It signifies that you are trained and experienced in comprehensive financial planning, acting in the best interests of your clients at all times, and charting a course for their secure future.

For those who already hold the ChFC®, earning CFP® certification makes you more attractive to employers and clients alike. Holding both designations demonstrates that you're committed to serving your clients and that you offer added expertise and specialization in your profession.

Are you a ChFC®?

If so, you can take advantage of the Accelerated Path to CFP® certification. You will be eligible to sit for the CFP® examination immediately after completing a Capstone course through a CFP Board Registered Program.

Start your journey to CFP® Certification

  • Track your progress with the CFP® Certification Tracker
  • Post your resume at the Career Center
  • Connect with a mentor who can guide you
  • Register and prepare for the exam
  • Find career and financial support
  • Connect with other candidates at our online forum