How Does CFP® Certification Complement My CPA?
Holding both the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification and a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) license enables you to expand your services beyond a once-a-year, tax-centered approach.
Becoming a CFP® professional means you're a trusted, credible partner who can address your clients' short- and long-term financial goals, while rounding out your income streams all year long.
How CFP® Certification Differs from the CPA
While both credentials are widely recognized in the financial services industry, CFP® certification is the standard of excellence in personal financial planning. It signifies that you are trained and experienced in comprehensive financial planning that helps your clients chart a course for a secure future.
"The biggest reason to get CFP® certification was so that clients would stop thinking of me as just the tax guy, just the CPA.”
– Andrew K. Laslie, CFP®, CPA
Thousands of CFP® professionals have indicated they also hold a CPA license. Being able to place both credentials after your name isn't just attractive to clients. It also shows employers your high level of commitment to serving clients by offering expertise and specialization within your profession.
Are you a CPA?
If so, you can take advantage of the Accelerated Path to CFP® certification. You will be eligible to sit for the CFP® examination immediately after completing a Capstone course through a CFP Board Registered Program.
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