With hundreds of programs available, choosing the right CFP® program can be a daunting task. Whatever you do, make sure that the curriculum you enroll in is a CFP Board-Registered Program. Choosing the right CFP® program will be dependent on your needs and what the program has to offer.
Comparing TOP CFP Programs
The best thing to do when choosing which CFP® program to go with is to do exactly what you're doing now. Research.
Research is going to help you get a better idea what each program has to offer. Also, you will start realizing what is important to you and what you're looking to get out of the program. Of course, the end goal is a CFP® designation, and you may be thinking I don't care how I get, but the truth is the process is just as important.
The CFP® exam is known to be a challenging exam so if you just go with any program (or the cheapest) you are doing a disservice to yourself and you will spend extra time, money and heartache.
The first thing you should do is look internally. Ask yourself what is important to you? How do you learn best?
Consider answering these questions:
|How much time am I willing to put in per week?|
|How do I learn best? (self-paced or structured)|
|Which learning format do I prefer? (online or in-person)|
|What is my budget?|
|Do I need the physical books or can I do with the content online?|
|What is my time frame?|
After answering these questions, you should contact the program directors of the 4-5 top CFP® programs you've narrowed down to and get more information.
Questions to consider asking the program director:
|What are the credentials of your faculty? Are they all CFP® certified|
|How long, on average, does it take to complete your curriculum?|
|How much does your program cost? Does it include books, tests, review course|
Once you get your questions answered, try to weigh the pros and cons of your top choices and choose the one that feels best for you.
The TOP 10 CFP Programs
If you're in the financial service industry, particularly a financial planner the most prestigious designation you can earn is a CFP®. To obtain a CFP®, you are required to enroll in an accredited university and complete the program before sitting for your exam. Here is a list of the top CFP® programs currently offered.
_Disclaimer: Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, and CFP (with flame logo)®, which it awards to individuals who successfully complete initial and ongoing certification requirements. _
I like Kaplan because they have the name and experience of their faculty. They are the industry leader in exam prep education and have some of the best faculty with proven test-taking strategies. They also offer a 15% discount for Financial Planning Association members!
Premium Live (with live review) -$5,799 (includes print textbooks and live review)
Premium Live (NO live review) - $5,593 ($799 per course x 7 courses) includes print textbooks
On Demand Package - $5,243 ($749 per course x 7 courses) NO Live Review with Ebook
Self-Pace Package - $3,843 ($549 per course x 7 courses) NO Live Review with Ebook
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I like Dalton Education they have the "Guarantee to Pass™" guarantee. If you are scoring 70% on your exams and you fail your CFP® Exam you get 100% of your money back.
Guarantee to Pass™ Bundle- $7,795 (with textbooks)
Virtual Classroom Plus - $6,575 (with textbooks)
*Virtual Class Room - $5,650 *(no textbooks)
On-Demand Plus - $3,895 *(with textbooks)
*On-Demand -$3,095 (no textbooks)
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT DALTON PRICING CLICK HERE
I like Boston University's CFP® Program because they have among the best faculty on staff. Also their website is very user friendly and they offer a 10% discount for Financial Planning Association members.
Online-Program + Books + Exam Review - $5,295
Online-Program + Books - $4,395 *(special in September 2017)
*Standard Online Program - $4,395
Individual Courses - $695
Capstone - $995
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT BOSTON UNIVERSITY PRICING CLICK HERE
The American College has the reputation and name in CFP exam prep.
On Demand Package - $5,355 ($765 per course x 7 courses) Includes study material, textbooks, online learning tools, courser exams.
CAPSTONE - $950
Additional: $145/course includes live online webinars
Additional: $195/course includes live online webinars plus live 2.5 day in-person instruction.
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The College for Financial Planning is known for the passing rates. They are also the oldest program around and among the most respected. Financial Planning Association members receive 15% discount.
Bundle Package - $5,100
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT COLLEGE FOR FINANCIAL PLANNING PRICING CLICK HERE
I like University of Georgia because they are affordable and their website (based on researching tuition) was very easy to navigate.
Bundle - $4,750
Per Course - $995
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT UGA PROGRAM IN-PEROSN COST HERE
Instructor-Led Bundle- $4,550 *(includes textbooks)
*Self-Paced Bundle -$3,550 (includes textbooks)
Individual Course -$695 ( x 6 courses including textbooks) = $4,170
Capstone - $1,000
Total = Individual + Capstone = $5,170
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT UGA ONLINE PROGRAM COST HERE
I like Bryant University because they are the most affordable of all programs. They also have several price points that allows you to choose what is right for you.
Basic - $1,995 (access to CFP curriculum online)
Basic + Exam Review - $2,395 (access to CFP curriculum online, exam prep material)
Basic + Comprehensive Review = $2,890 (access to CFP curriculum online, exam prep material, virtual exam prep course)
Platinum Self-Paced Package = $3,490 (access to CFP curriculum online, exam prep material, virtual exam prep course, textbooks)
USE PROMO CODES CFPPROMO2 & PREMIUMPREP for discount prices
Basic - $2,695 (18 virtual classroom sessions, access to CFP curriculum)
Basic + Exam Review - $3,095 (exam prep material, 18 virtual classroom sessions, access to CFP curriculum)
Premium - $3,095 (exam prep material, virtual exam prep course, 18 virtual classroom sessions, access to CFP curriculum)
Premium plus - $3,695 (includes textbooks, exam prep material, virtual exam prep course, 18 virtual classroom sessions, access to CFP curriculum)
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT BRYANT UNIVERSITY PROGRAM COST HERE