With a growing demand for qualified personal financial planners, now is the time to become a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional. Whether you're just starting your education, looking to change careers, or seeking to improve your professional status, CFP® certification can open the door to more and better opportunities.
A Career in Demand (PDF, 757KB)
At a time when unemployment is soaring and many Americans are reaching retirement age, the need for personal financial planning expertise is greater than ever. Recruiters and prospective employers recognize CFP® certification as the most desired designation in this growing field.
Your Path to CFP® Certification
Lazetta Rainey Braxton, MBA, CFP®, Founder & CEO, Financial Fountains, is interviewed about why she became a CFP® professional.
Be a Financial Hero
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals are uniquely qualified to help individuals pull all their finances together, solve financial problems, and make a plan to achieve their financial goals.
Build Your Future by Helping Others Build Theirs
- High income potential
- Dynamic, respected profession
- The satisfaction that comes with helping people plan for their futures
As a financial planner with valuable expertise, you can expect personal satisfaction as well as financial rewards. Financial planners consistently report an increase in average annual gross earnings after receiving their CFP® certification.
Make an Impact
- Solve financial problems
- Help people meet their financial goals
- Serve as trusted advisor, counselor and coach
You can make a difference at a time when more Americans are struggling to pull their finances together and plan for the future. The financial planning career path is expected to grow 41% by 2016, according to Money Magazine and Payscale.com.
CFP® Certification: The Gold Standard in Personal Financial Planning
- Education: Approved curriculum
- Examination: Comprehensive 2-day exam
- Experience: 3 years practical experience (or 2 years apprenticeship experience)
- Ethics: Strict code of conduct
Only a select group of planners have met the rigorous requirements necessary to call themselves CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals. CFP® certification maintains rigorous standards and communicates your expertise and credibility.