The CFP® designation identifies individuals who have completed the mandatory examination, education, experience, and ethics requirements mandated by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (“CFP Board”). Candidates must have at least three years of qualifying work experience that relates to financial planning. Candidates are required to hold a bachelors degree from an accredited university. CFP® candidates must pass an examination that covers over 100 financial planning topics, which include general principles of financial planning, insurance planning and risk management, employee benefits planning, investment planning, income tax planning, retirement planning, and estate planning. Finally, candidates have ongoing ethics requirements and oversight by the CFP Board and are required to complete at least 30 hours of continuing education every two years including two hours on the Code of Ethics or Standards of Professional Conduct.
More information can be found on the CFP Board Website.