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Certification Process

The Education Requirement

The education requirement helps to provide the knowledge required to deliver professional, competent and ethical financial planning services to clients. There are two main parts to the requirement: completion of CFP Board-approved coursework, and a bachelor's degree in any discipline from an accredited college or university.

This overview explains the two-part education requirement and what you'll learn on the path to becoming a knowledgeable CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional.

Education Requirement: Part 2 of 2

Earning Your Bachelor's Degree

You must verify that you hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university (accreditation must be recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree is awarded) to fulfill the second part of the CFP® certification education requirement. The degree may be in any discipline, and must be completed either before you pass the CFP® exam, or within 5 years after you pass it.

More on the Bachelor's degree requirement

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