Financial planning is an excellent career choice. The need for qualified financial advisors is great … and growing. Earning the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professional designation prepares you to be a more accomplished and effective advisor by providing the knowledge, credibility and expertise needed to set you apart. If you are looking for a proven path to the top of the financial planning profession, the CFP® professional designation is a must.

Here are some telling statistics on why CFP® certification matters:

  • Broader Knowledge: 87% of CFP® professionals say they gained more extensive knowledge in a wide range of crucial financial planning topics including Education Planning, Risk Management, Retirement and Income Planning, and Estate Planning through their CFP® certification education; 80% believe certification has made them a better financial planner
  • Credibility: 90% of CFP® professionals believe that certification gives them more credibility in the eyes of their clients
  • Competitive Advantage: 81% of CFP® professionals believe they have an edge over financial planners who do not have CFP® certification
  • Income Potential: CFP® professionals earn up to 80% higher median income when compared with their peers who do not have CFP® certification
  • Career Satisfaction: 91% of CFP® professionals are very satisfied with their career choice; 92% are very satisfied with their decision to pursue CFP® certification

Whether you are an established advisor looking to build on your credentials, someone seeking greater challenges via a career change or an aspiring young person contemplating a meaningful career, CFP® certification can open up a world of opportunities.


CFP Board is a non-profit organization acting in the public interest by fostering professional standards in personal financial planning through its setting and enforcement of the education, examination, experience, ethics and other requirements for CFP® certification.

Professional Advantages of CFP(R) Certification

Let CFP Board get you started on the path to becoming a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professional. Simply submit the form below to get your free download of the Professional Advantages of CFP® Certification today!


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