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Financial Planning Professional Certifications - QAFP and CFP

Financial Planning Professional Certifications - QAFP and CFP

QAFP™ Certification

QUALIFIED ASSOCIATE FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification demonstrates a financial planner’s competence and commitment to the highest ethical standards of responsibility. QAFP professionals have demonstrated the knowledge, skills, experience and ethics to provide holistic financial planning strategies and solutions for clients who have financial planning needs with a limited level of complexity.

The QAFP designation presents an appealing certification option for financial planners wishing to serve a broad market, or for those wishing to gain recognition of their professionalism along the path to CFP certification. QAFP professionals play an important role in helping average Canadians with their everyday financial planning needs.

To obtain the QAFP designation, candidates must complete a rigorous education program, pass a national exam and earn one year of qualifying work experience. To maintain certification, QAFP professionals must keep their knowledge and skills current by completing Continuing Education courses every year. They must also adhere to FP Canada Standards Council’s Standards of Professional Responsibility, including a Code of Ethics which mandates that QAFP professionals must always place their clients’ interests first. FP Canada vigilantly enforces these standards among its certificants.

We are pleased to advise that the Centennial College Financial Services Diploma 2483, the Business Administration Finance Diploma 2493, and the Financial Planning Graduate Certificate 2843, all meet the Core Curriculum required for FP Canada for the QAFP. Details are included here.

CFP® Certification

The most widely recognized financial planning designation in Canada and worldwide, the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® designation provides assurance to Canadians that the design of their financial future rests with a professional who will put their clients’ interests ahead of their own.

CFP certification is considered the standard for the financial planning profession worldwide. CFP professionals have demonstrated the knowledge, skills, experience and ethics to examine their clients’ entire financial picture, at the highest level of complexity required of the profession, and work with their clients to build a financial plan so that they can Live Life Confidently™.

To obtain the CFP designation, candidates must complete a rigorous education program, pass a national exam and earn three years of qualifying work experience. To maintain certification, CFP professionals must keep their knowledge and skills current by completing Continuing Education courses every year. They must also adhere to FP Canada Standards Council’s Standards of Professional Responsibility, including a Code of Ethics which mandates that CFP professionals must always place their clients’ interests first. FP Canada vigilantly enforces these standards among its certificants.

There are approximately 16,500 CFP professionals across Canada, part of an international network of more than 175,000 CFP professionals in 26 territories around the world.

We are pleased to advise that the Centennial College Financial Services Diploma 2483, the Business Administration Finance Diploma 2493, and the Financial Planning Graduate Certificate 2843, all meet the Core and Advanced Curriculum required for FP Canada for the QAFP.  Details are included here.

Please Note: Effective January 2022, a post-secondary degree will be a requirement for CFP certification.

For further information, please refer to https://www.fpcanada.ca