The Standard of Excellence
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification is the standard for financial planning. CFP® professionals meet rigorous education, training and ethical standards, and are committed to serving their clients' best interests today to prepare them for a more secure tomorrow.
The March 2024 CFP® Certification Exam will be administered during a March 12 - 19 testing window. Best wishes to all of the candidates!
Learn more about exam eligibility and upcoming exam cycles.
The CFP Board Center for Financial Planning created this comprehensive workforce development guide, Financial Planning Career Paths: Building More Sustainable and Successful Businesses, to help firms recruit, onboard, train, develop and retain the next generation of financial planners.
In 1973, the College for Financial Planning minted its first class of 42 trail-blazing men and women specifically trained in the professional discipline of financial planning. Half a century later, CFP Board certifies nearly 98,000 CFP® professionals in the U.S. That number will cross 100,000 next year.
WHY CFP® CERTIFICATION
Earning your CFP® certification helps you enjoy a rewarding career and improve people's financial security. Hear about the opportunities and benefits of getting certified.
LEARN & GROW
Anyone can call themselves a financial advisor. Only those who have met the standard of excellence in financial planning can call themselves a CFP® professional.
ADVANCING THE PROFESSION TO BENEFIT THE PUBLIC
CFP Board Center for Financial Planning was founded to create a more diverse and sustainable financial planning profession, so that every American has access to competent and ethical financial planning advice.
in scholarships awarded to cultivate the next generation of financial planners
leading academics, researchers, & practitioners convened at Academic Colloquia events
thought leaders convened for the 6th annual Diversity Summit
Plan with Confidence
Partner with an experienced, knowledgeable CFP® professional who’s committed to CFP Board, as part of their certification, to putting your best interests first — so you can be confident you’re on the path to a secure future. Our public campaign website can help you find who you need.