QAFP™ Certification Bridge Path to CFP® Certification

The QAFP Certification Bridge Path to CFP Certification provides two options for QAFP professionals who are seeking CFP certification. QAFP professionals who have not completed the QAFP Professional Education Program may follow option 2 and complete the CFP Professional Education Program. QAFP professionals who have completed the QAFP Professional Education Program may follow option 1 and complete the FP Canada Institute™ QAFP Certification to CFP Certification Bridge Program. QAFP professionals must complete either the QAFP Professional Education Program or the CFP Professional Education Program within one year of QAFP certification. For more information, please refer to the CFP Certification Policies.

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5 Steps to CFP Certification (Option 1, QAFP Certification to CFP Certification Bridge Program)

To begin the QAFP Certification Bridge Path to CFP Certification - Option 1, you must be a current QAFP professional and complete an FP Canada–Approved Advanced Curriculum Program, as well as the FP Canada Institute QAFP Professional Education Program.

Once you have met these requirements, you may register for the QAFP Certification to CFP Certification Bridge Program (Bridge Program).

Upon successful completion of the Bridge Program, you will be eligible to write the CFP examination. You may apply for CFP certification once you pass the CFP examination and complete three years of qualifying work experience.



5 Steps to CFP Certification (Option 2, CFP Professional Education Program)

To begin the QAFP Certification Bridge Path to CFP Certification - Option 2, you must be a current QAFP professional and complete an FP Canada–Approved Advanced Curriculum Program, either as a standalone program or as part of a combined Core Curriculum/Advanced Curriculum Program.

Once you have met these requirements, you may register for the FP Canada Institute™ CFP Professional Education Program. Please note, the FP Canada Institute Introduction to Professional Ethics (IPE) course must be completed prior to starting the CFP Professional Education Program.

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Step 1
QAFP Certification

You must hold the QAFP certification, adhere to the FP Canada Standards Council™ Standards of Professional Responsibility and meet FP Canada’s continuing education requirements.
Learn more about continuing education requirements

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QAFP Certification Policies
Standards of Professional Responsibility

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Step 3
CFP Professional Education Program or QAFP Certification to CFP Certification Bridge Program

Enrol in either the CFP Professional Education Program or the QAFP Certification to CFP Certification Bridge Program

If you have not yet completed the QAFP Professional Education Program, you may choose to complete the CFP Professional Education Program within one year of QAFP certification. If you have completed the QAFP Professional Education Program, you may choose to enrol in the QAFP Certification to CFP Certification Bridge Program instead.
Learn more about the CFP Professional Education Program
Learn more about the QAFP Certification to CFP Certification Bridge Program

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Step 4
CFP® Examination

Write the CFP examination. The first CFP examination based on the new paths to CFP certification (effective as of January 1, 2020) will be held in November 2020. It will follow a similar format to prior CFP examinations.
Learn more about the CFP examination

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CFP Exam Study Toolkit
FAQ: CFP examination

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Step 5
Apply for CFP® Certification

Once you have completed three years of qualifying work experience, you are ready to apply for CFP certification.

Please note: Effective April 2022, a post-secondary degree will be a requirement for CFP certification.
Learn more about work experience requirements
Learn more about post-secondary education requirements

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CFP Certification Policies
Standards of Professional Responsibility