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CFP Board Releases New CFP® Exam Resource on the SECURE Act 2019

March 26, 2020

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. has released a new resource to help CFP® certification exam candidates, as well as CFP Board Registered Programs and exam-prep providers, prepare for the addition of new questions on the SECURE Act 2019 in the July exam. The eight-page “CFP Board Key Elements” document, which is available online, focuses on aspects of the SECURE Act that will be included on the test. They include:

  • The repeal of maximum age for transactional IRA contributions
  • The increase of required minimum distribution age to 72
  • The expansion of 529 education savings accounts
  • Modified required minimum distribution rules.

Each topic spells out the change under the SECURE Act 2019, assesses its impact, offers tips on things to consider in light of the change, and offers learning objectives regarding the change to help prepare. 

Also included in the analyses are two changes—portability of lifetime income options and disclosure regarding lifetime income—that were examined but await legislative or administrative clarification and will not be included in the July test. 

“CFP Board is committed to the success of our certification candidates, and this document is one more tool to help them achieve that,” said Kevin Keller, CAE, CFP Board’s CEO. “We are very grateful to the group of diverse subject matter experts who volunteered their time and perspectives to create this resource.”

You can read more about the exam, find a full range of preparation tools,  and register here.

CFP Board is closely monitoring the ongoing crisis regarding the COVID-19 and will keep candidates’ and test providers’ well-being as the primary consideration. As of now, the exam window of July 7 – 14 is still on schedule. 

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Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. is the professional body for personal financial planners in the U.S. CFP Board sets standards for financial planning and administers the prestigious CFP® certification – one of the most respected certifications in financial services – so that the public has access to and benefits from competent and ethical financial planning. CFP Board, along with its Center for Financial Planning, is committed to increasing the public’s awareness of CFP® certification and access to a diverse, ethical and competent financial planning workforce. Widely recognized by firms and consumer groups as the standard for financial planning, CFP® certification is held by more than 86,000 people in the United States.


Terence Poltrack
Communications Consultant