Why Choose Florida State University?


As an early pioneer of online delivery, the Certified Financial Planning Program offered by FSU, continues its tradition of academic excellence in the non-credit, professional development space. Our programs provide an established curriculum, a distinguished faculty and two successful program structures that have been designed to meet the diverse needs of those working towards CFP certification.

Established Curriculum

Comprehensive curriculum designed by FSU provides an in-depth understanding of the financial planning process using real-world examples and case studies. The curriculum meets the educational requirements of the CFP Board to qualify to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination

Experienced Instructors

  • More than 100 years of combined experience and knowledge as practicing professionals.
  • Expertise in diverse fields with recognized credentials including CFP®, CPA, and J.D.

Successful Program Structure

  • We now offer two programs, our Traditional Program and our newly developed Executive Fast Track Program. The Traditional Program has been a popular selection among students seeking CFP certification for over 2 decades. The Traditional track offers 10 week core courses while the Executive Fast Track offers 6 week core courses.
  • The Traditional Program offers each of the seven courses three times a year allowing students to customize their learning experience by selecting the order they take each course, while the Executive Fast Track Program courses are offered once a year in a pre-defined order. These different tracks offer the same quality content and instruction while the Executive Fast Track is more condensed allowing the student to complete the program in less than a year.
  • Both programs offer a Pay-As-You-Go structure (students are NOT REQUIRED TO PAY FOR ALL OF THE COURSES UP FRONT). This allows students to test out either program before making a financial commitment. The price per course is the same regardless of the track chosen.
  • Both programs provide the flexibility for students to learn at their own pace while staying on-track with weekly reading assignments and interactions with instructors and peers.

Whether preferring a slower pace with our Traditional Track or a faster pace with our Executive Fast Track, students have the choice to learn at their own pace and the flexibility to jump on and off these tracks as they see fit.

Choose your program and start today!

Price per core course:

$450

All Active Duty Military and Veterans – 10%
FSU Alumni – 10%
FSU Alumni Association Members – 15%
Corporate Group Discount (Executive Fast Track only)

To obtain discount codes, please call (850) 644-7542. Discount codes MUST be entered and applied in the Promo Code box during the registration process and cannot be applied after the registration is submitted. Before submitting your registration, please verify that your total amount due reflects your discount. Only one discount code can be used per course.

The mission of the Florida State University Certificate in Financial Planning Program is to offer high quality, interactive and affordable online financial planning courses for those pursuing CFP® certification, as well as those seeking to better educate themselves in financial planning topics.

Florida State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Florida State University’s Certificate in Financial Planning Program is a registered program provider of the Certified Financial Board of Standards Inc. (CFP Board). Please see our press release for more details.

Additional information and requirements for attaining the CFP® and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER certification are listed in our Frequently Asked Questions. Other more specific questions should be directed to the CFP Board at:

Phone: (800) 487-1497
Email: mail@CFPBoard.org
Links: CFP Board’s Guide to CFP® Certification, CFP Board

“I researched many CFP online programs across the country. The FSU curriculum was comprehensive, and after viewing a video of each professor, I realized the commitment that both the professors and the University has made to its students. I’m most appreciative and look forward to the next course in the program. Thank you!”
– Gloria in South Carolina

“The instructor has a commendable interpersonal relationship that makes you feel as if you have a direct interface with her. She is also organized, proactive and responsive. The instructor is no doubt a seasoned Financial Planner.”
– Ebere in Nigeria

“I looked at many online programs and this was by far the best presented. It looked to me that the people running it really knew what they were doing. Other programs seemed thrown together and/or dry by comparison. I have not been disappointed in the choice. I think the standards are very high.”
– Lesley in Colorado

“I was very pleased with Bruce Hagan’s approach to the Investment Planning course. He clearly knows the material in great detail. Some of the topics had the potential to be very technical in nature but Bruce was able to describe them in an easy to understand format while keeping a light hearted tone and throwing in the occasional joke or pop culture reference. Bruce also maintained a pragmatic view on the amount of time students have to spend on the course and kept most of the course work on a weekly basis manageable. I also enjoyed the video links that he provided of him covering a relevant topic on the news.”
– Andrew in Missouri

“I think that this mode of teaching a course is way superior to the classroom environment. The advantages of the internet are limitless. I think a trend has been established and future college education will be done this way. The class room is antiquated.”
– Victor in Florida

“Although it’s hard to get a feel for the instruction through an online course, I felt Jim Lee’s weekly emails were very informative, helpful and timely. He also played an active role on the discussion boards which I found helpful.”
– Bethany in South Carolina

“I was really impressed by this course and by the instructor, in particular. Donna Jordan is very knowledgeable and professional, and this shines through clearly in the content of her online lectures.”
– Deborah in Israel

1. About Our Certificate Program

2. Course Format

3. CFP® Certification

4. CFP® Certification Examination

5. Education Requirements

6. Exemption

7. Grading

8. Scheduling Courses

9. Why a Career in Financial Planning?

10. Withdrawal Policy

11. Does FSU offer a CFP Board Exam review course?

12. Job Opportunities

13. Additional Information

Calendar

Design your own program!

At least one course begins every month, enabling you to choose the dates most convenient for you. The core courses are either 10 or 11 weeks in length while the Capstone course is 13 weeks in length. We recommend taking Introduction to Financial Planning first.

Click on a course title for more information about each course.

Course
Course Dates and Registration Links
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Introduction to

Financial Planning
Oct. 2, 2015 –
Dec. 10, 2015
Closed
Section 55
Feb. 5, 2016 –
Apr. 14, 2016
Closed
Section 56
Jun. 3, 2016 –
Aug. 11, 2016
Closed
Section 57
Oct. 7, 2016 –
Dec. 15, 2016
Closed
Section 58
Feb. 3, 2017 –
Apr. 13, 2017
Closed
Section 59
June 2, 2017 –
Aug. 10, 2017
Closed
Section 60
Oct. 6, 2017 –
Dec. 17, 2017
Section 61
Oct. 6, 2017 –
Nov. 19, 2017
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Insurance

Planning
Jan. 15. 2016 –
Mar. 31, 2016
Closed
Section 54
May 6. 2016 –
Jul. 21, 2016
Closed
Section 55
Sep. 2. 2016 –
Nov. 17, 2016
Closed
Section 56
Jan. 13. 2017-
Mar. 30, 2017
Closed
Section 57
May 5, 2017 –
Jul. 23, 2017
Closed
Section 58
Sept. 1, 2017 –
Nov. 19, 2017
Section 59
Jan. 19, 2018 –
Apr. 1, 2018
Upcoming
Section 60
Nov. 24, 2017 –
Jan. 14, 2018
Upcoming
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Investment

Planning
May 6, 2016 –
Jul. 24, 2016
Closed
Section 54
Sep. 2, 2016 –
Nov. 20, 2016
Closed
Section 55
Jan. 13, 2017 –
Apr. 2, 2017
Closed
Section 56
May 5, 2017 –
Jul. 23, 2017
Closed
Section 57
Sept. 1, 2017 –
Nov. 12, 2017
Section 58
Jan. 19, 2018 –
Apr. 8, 2018
Upcoming
Section 59
May 4, 2018 –
July 15, 2018
Upcoming
Section 60
Jan. 19, 2018 –
Mar. 4, 2018
Upcoming
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Income Tax

Planning
Aug. 5, 2016 –
Oct. 23, 2016
Closed
Section 54
Dec. 2, 2016 –
Feb. 26, 2017
Closed
Section 55
Apr. 7, 2017 –
Jun. 25, 2017
Closed
Section 56
Aug. 4, 2017 –
Oct. 22, 2017
Section 57
Dec. 1, 2017 –
Feb. 25, 2018
Upcoming
Section 58
Apr. 6, 2018 –
June 24, 2018
Upcoming
Section 59
Aug. 3, 2018 –
Oct. 14, 2018
Upcoming
Section 60
Mar. 9, 2018 –
Apr. 22, 2018
Upcoming
FT-1
Retirement

Planning
Nov. 4, 2016 –
Jan. 15, 2017
Closed
Section 54
Mar. 3, 2017 –
May 14, 2017
Closed
Section 55
Jul. 7, 2017 –
Sept. 17, 2017
In Progress
Section 56
Nov. 3, 2017 –
Jan. 15, 2018
Upcoming
Section 57
Mar. 2, 2018 –
May 13, 2018
Upcoming
Section 58
July 6, 2018 –
Sept. 16, 2018
Upcoming
Section 59
Nov. 2, 2018 –
Jan. 20, 2019
Upcoming
Section 60
Apr. 27, 2018 –
June. 10, 2018
Upcoming
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Estate

Planning
Feb. 3, 2017 –
Apr. 16, 2017
Closed
Section 54
Jun. 2, 2017 –
Aug. 13, 2017
Closed
Section 55
Oct. 6, 2017 –
Dec. 17, 2017
Section 56
Feb. 2, 2018 –
Apr. 15, 2018
Upcoming
Section 57
June 1, 2018 –
Aug. 12, 2018
Upcoming
Section 58
Oct. 5, 2018 –
Dec. 16, 2018
Upcoming
Section 59
Feb. 1, 2019 –
Apr. 14, 2019
Upcoming
Section 60
June. 15, 2018 –
July. 29, 2018
Upcoming
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Capstone

Course
May 5, 2017 –
Aug. 3, 2017
In Progress
Section 16
Sep. 1, 2017 –
Nov. 30, 2017
Section 17
Jan. 12, 2018 –
Apr. 12, 2018
Upcoming
Section 18
May 4, 2018 –
Aug. 2, 2018
Upcoming
Section 19
Sept. 7, 2018 –
Dec. 6, 2018
Upcoming
Section 20
Jan. 18, 2019 –
Apr. 18, 2019
Upcoming
Section 21
May 3, 2019 –
Aug. 1, 2019
Upcoming
Section 22
Aug. 3, 2018 –
Sep. 27, 2018
Upcoming
FT-1
Review Course
October 2017
February 2018
June 2018
October 2018
February 2019
June 2019
October 2019
October 2018
November 2017
March 2018
July 2018
November 2018
March 2019
July 2019
November 2019
November 2018

Please note: Upon registration and payment, you will receive your username and password to access the courseware within 24-48 hours.

Contact FSU CAPD Certificate in Financial Planning Program

For more information about our certificate program or classes, contact our Program Manager Anthony McDonald at (850) 644-7542 or use the form below:

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