Current Path to CFP® Certification – In Effect Until December 31, 2019

The CFP certification program is designed to ensure that CFP professionals can meet the evolving needs and expectations of their clients and remain relevant to the financial services industry. For more information about obtaining CFP certification, please refer to the Policies and Guidelines for Obtaining and Maintaining CFP® Certification and FPSC Level 1® Certification in Financial Planning, effective until December 31, 2019.

Explore the steps below to understand your path to certification.

Important Changes to the Path to CFP Certification – Effective January 1, 2020

FP Canada is making changes to its certification programs and requirements. Effective January 1, 2020, candidates pursuing CFP certification will no longer be required to first attain FPSC Level 1 Certification in Financial Planning. New professional education requirements will be introduced for candidates pursuing CFP certification. Changes to the path to CFP certification will begin to roll out following a transition period.
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6 Steps to CFP Certification – In Effect Until December 31, 2019

The path to CFP certification begins when you enrol in an FP Canada-Approved Core Curriculum Program. Once you successfully complete your program, you may register for the FPSC Level 1 examination and apply for FPSC Level 1 Certification in Financial Planning at the same time. Having met FPSC’s certification requirements, you will achieve FPSC Level 1 certification upon passing the FPSC Level 1 exam. You must maintain FPSC Level 1 certification while you complete your FP Canada-Approved Capstone Course. Upon completion, you will be eligible to write the CFP examination. Once you have passed the CFP exam and completed three years of qualifying work experience, you may apply for CFP certification.

FP Canada-Approved Core Curriculum Program

Enrol in an FP Canada-Approved Core Curriculum Program.
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Alternate Paths to Certification
If you hold relevant financial or other professional qualifications, you may be eligible to pursue a faster, alternate path to certification.
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Policies & Guidelines for Obtaining & Maintaining CFP Certification and FPSC Level 1 Certification in Financial Planning

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FPSC Level 1 Examination in Financial Planning

Write the FPSC Level 1 Examination in Financial Planning, the first exam on the path to CFP certification. You must apply for FPSC Level 1 Certification in Financial Planning when you register for the exam.
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Alternate Paths to Certification
If you hold relevant financial or other professional qualifications, you may be eligible to pursue a faster, alternate path to certification.
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Helpful Resources
FPSC Level 1 Exam Study Toolkit
FAQ: FPSC Level 1 Examination

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Maintain FPSC Level 1 Certification in Financial Planning

Maintain FPSC Level 1 Certification in Financial Planning by adhering to the Standards of Professional Responsibility and completing Continuing Education requirements.
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FP Canada Standards Council Standards of Professional Responsibility
FAQ: FPSC Level 1 Certification
Continuing Education Requirements

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FP Canada-Approved Capstone Course

Complete an FP Canada-Approved Capstone Course, which emphasizes fundamental financial planning practices, application and integration of the financial planning areas and the professional skills that are essential to the financial planning profession. The Capstone Course may also be completed prior to writing the FPSC Level 1 examination.
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Alternate Paths to Certification
If you hold relevant financial or other professional qualifications, you may be eligible to pursue a faster, alternate path to certification.
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FP Canada-Approved Capstone Course Case Studies
FAQ: FP Canada-Approved Capstone Course – In Effect Until December 31, 2019

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CFP Examination

Write the CFP Examination, the final exam on the path to CFP certification.
Learn More About the CFP Exam

Helpful Resources
CFP Exam Study Toolkit
FAQ: CFP Examination

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