Your career in Financial Planning


So, you’re interested in a career in financial planning? Excellent choice.

Join an in-demand profession that directly contributes to the wellbeing of society. Professional financial planners help manage their clients’ everyday and complex financial needs to help them achieve their goals through a plan that fits their diverse and changing circumstances. Your ongoing guidance will help build your clients’ financial confidence.

Successful financial planners are trusted partners through all phases of their clients' lives.

Help all Canadians achieve financial wellness. Imagine the difference you can make!

FP Canada™ offers two professional financial planning certifications: CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® certification and QUALIFIED ASSOCIATE FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification.

“It’s a relationship business. You think it’s about money, but it’s really about helping to make a difference for people in a holistic way“

CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® Professional


Graphic-2

As a professional financial planner, you will:

  1. Listen closely to your clients, help them identify their aspirations and goals
  2. Work with them to develop a financial plan that addresses and reflects their whole lives and circumstances
  3. Partner with your clients to implement the plan and continue to evolve the plan to fit your clients’ changing circumstances

As professional financial planners, you must be able to focus on all aspects of your clients' lives and see their needs through a holistic lens. Plus, you will need to understand the behavioural factors that drive their decisions while working with the highest standards of professional responsibility.

FP Canada has termed this approach "3H Financial Planning" - Human, Holistic and Honest.

 

“My job is about building relationships. My biggest satisfaction is when my clients say, ’I trust you with my money.’ It’s all about building on that trust.“

QUALIFIED ASSOCIATE FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional

Financial Planners provide professional advice in the following key areas:

  1. Financial Management
  2. Insurance and Risk Management
  3. Investment Planning
  4. Retirement Planning
  5. Tax Planning
  6. Estate Planning and Legal Aspects
Graphic-5_Titles_QAFP
Graphic-5_Titles_CFP
  • ✓ Do you enjoy working with people?
  • ✓ Are you focused and goal-oriented?
  • ✓ Do you enjoy problem-solving?
  • ✓ Are you a good listener?
  • ✓ Can you ask difficult, sometimes uncomfortable questions?
  • ✓ Is contributing to the community important to you?
Graphic-3

 

“My financial planner helps me make sense of the noise. There are so many people out there talking about money but she helps me make sense of it, so that I know what I need to know to make good decisions.“

Client testimonial



Certification is important because:

  1. Knowledge and Skills: Confirms you have the knowledge, skills, and experience to provide financial advice
  2. Professional Responsibility: Shows your commitment to the highest ethical standards
  3. Professional Brand: Demonstrates your value to employers and clients
  4. Regulatory Requirements: Ensures you keep pace with evolving legal and regulatory requirements
  5. Trust: Fosters trust in the advice clients get from you

“The certification material upped my game and level of knowledge. I can now suggest more solutions for my clients and ask some difficult questions. Instead of focusing on one need, I’m able to see a bigger picture for their financial plan.“

QAFP™ Professional


Qualified Associate Financial Planner™ Certification

QAFP™ certification is a great way to start your career in financial planning. Offered by FP Canada, this certification enables you to understand your clients’ everyday financial planning needs and offer professional financial advice that fits their diverse lives and supports their goals. QAFP certification can also be a stepping stone to CFP certification. This is Where Confidence Begins.



Certified Financial Planner® Certification

CFP® certification is the world’s most recognized financial planning designation and is considered the ‘gold standard’ for the profession. CFP professionals see their clients’ entire financial picture, no matter how complex, and work together to build a comprehensive financial plan so they can Live Life Confidently™.



Financial planners are highly sought-after and have a diverse range of professional opportunities, including:

  1. Retail banking
  2. Wealth management
  3. Boutique financial services firms, or as
  4. Independent professionals
Graphic-5_QAFP_Pay
Graphic-5_CFP_Pay
TOP-Ten-Employers



A day in the life of a financial planner

Wonder what a day in the life of a professional financial planner looks like?


Meet Glen Dilworth
glen pic

QAFP™ Professional
RBC Financial Planning, Ontario

"I coach my clients all the time. I don’t play the game - they do - but I am helping them develop and reach their goals."

Meet Kelly Ho: The mentor
kelly ho - background

CFP® Professional
DLD Financial, BC

"It’s really about how to make someone’s life better, and to make them feel better about what’s going to happen in the future."

Meet Amish Gandhi
amish_Bg

QAFP™ Professional
RBC Financial Planning, Ontario

"I try to treat this as my own business. Successful planners have an entrepreneurial focus."