What is a Certified Financial Planner?
A CFP® professional is a financial planner that has gone through and met the highest requirements in the industry in terms of ethics, education, experience, and examination. At the very minimum, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ must obtain a 4 year degree at an accredited university, have 3 years of experience in the financial advising and planning industry, and must pass the rigorous and comprehensive 2 day, 10 hour exam covering topics of Professional Ethical Conduct and Regulation, General Financial Planning Principals, Education Planning, Risk Management and Insurance Planning, Investment Planning, Tax Planning, Retirement Savings Planning, Income Distribution Planning, and Estate Planning. CFP® professionals are also required to complete 30 hours of continuing education every 2 years.
Not all financial advisors have financial backgrounds or experience. Many big firms will hire individuals based on past sales experience. In our industry, you don’t even need a bachelor’s degree in order to be a financial advisor. However, to a CFP® professional, as mentioned above, one must have financial planning and advising experience and a college diploma.
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, CFP® (with plaque design) and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements.
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