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CFP Board developed this Guide to the Financial Planning Process to illustrate how a CFP® professional might provide financial planning to a Client in accordance with the Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct. This guide presents a hypothetical circumstance and then applies the Practice Standards to that circumstance. The guide does not set forth the only way to apply the Practice Standards to the hypothetical circumstance. There is more than one way that a CFP® professional might exercise professional judgment to satisfy the Practice Standards.

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This compliance resource is part of a full library of resources that CFP® professionals can use to comply with the Code and Standards. More guidance materials can be found in our Compliance Resources Library.

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