Paths to Certification

The paths to certification are designed to ensure that FP Canada™ certificants meet the high standards of competence and ethics required to meet the evolving needs of Canadians and ensure that they remain relevant to the practice of financial planning.
Learn more about QAFP™ certification
Learn more about CFP® certification

If you are interested in pursuing CFP certification, and hold a relevant financial or other professional qualification (Pl. Fin., CPA, CFA, FCIA, LL.B./J.D. or are a Foreign CFP Professional), you may be eligible to pursue an alternate path to certification.
Learn more about alternate paths to CFP certification
Learn more about relevant professional qualifications path to QAFP certification

There are two routes available for QAFP professionals seeking CFP certification.
Learn more about the QAFP Bridge Path to CFP Certification

In addition, candidates who hold certain other designations or licenses may apply for education exemptions from components of FP Canada-Approved Core Curriculum and Advanced Curriculum requirements.
Learn more about education exemptions

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QAFP™ Certification

Qualified Associate Financial Planner™ certification is a great way to start your career in financial planning. QAFP professionals have demonstrated the knowledge, skills, experience, and ethics to understand their clients’ everyday financial planning needs and to provide holistic financial advice for Canadians that fits their diverse lives and supports their goals. This certification can also be a stepping stone to CFP certification. This is where confidence begins.


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CFP® Certification

Certified Financial Planner® certification is the most widely recognized financial planning designation in Canada and throughout the world and is considered the 'gold standard' for the profession. 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™.