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

*Note: Our program is fully online and is text-based (there are no video or audio lectures). Please see FAQs for more information on course format.

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, a Traditional Program and an 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.
  • Both the Traditional and Executive Fast-Track Programs offer each of the seven courses two times a year allowing students to customize their learning experience by selecting how to manage their program schedule. These different tracks offer the same quality content and instruction. The Executive Fast-Track is simply 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 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.

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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

Evaluations

Cumulative evaluation reports for the FSU Certified Financial Planning Online Program (CFP) were compiled, analyzed, and reviewed by CAPD Professional Program Administrators. The overall averages of the instructors and courses were compiled and rated based on a Likert scale of 1 to 5.

  • Instructors: 89% of all instructors were rated good (4) to excellent (5) with 98% of instructors rating average (3) or better.
  • Overall program: 86% of all courses were rated good (4) to excellent (5) with 98% rating average (3) or better.

Comments

“What I like most about the curriculum is the combination of doing lectures/ chapters at my own pace –reading, quizzes etc., — and FIXED dates for tests, so that I have some sort of deadline. Good combination for a busy work schedule.”

“The learning experience is fantastic, the course materials would open you up to a world of knowledge from different stand points and then allow you to tailor the pieces to suit your needs in becoming a better Manager. With FSU, you’re sure to be always learning!”

“I continuously recommend FSU’s CFP program to others. I have been very pleased with the home-grown feel, the passionate instruction, the flexibility of the program (pay as you go, longer test windows, etc.,) and the excellent customer service provided by Anthony and E’lexis. Additionally, I sincerely appreciate the military discount you provide. Thank you!”

“The instructor was excellent. It was a great benefit to the course to have an instructor that has a lot of “real-world” experience. The text books are good but nothing trumps practical experience and showing how these concepts are actually applied.”

“The instructor did an outstanding job, was well organized, and kept the course format at a perfect pace with emails, discussion board topics, and the presentation of weekly course material.”

“The instructor was very articulate and understanding. He ensured he carried all students along and gave room for participation, most especially in his response to questions raised.”

“The instructor is well informed, accurate and a good communicator. Despite the fact that the course is an Online course his Style of teaching makes you feel you are there in the classroom with him.”

“The instructor is a really great guy. I appreciate his high degree of professionalism, caring, and intelligence. You guys have an amazing program and I will continue to refer all my friends and colleagues!”

“I particularly find the instructor’s method in making us use our own current situations very helpful and practical. For example, he shared and discussed current examples of types of insurance, what is covered, etc., with other classmates. This made the course very practical.”

“The course was very insightful providing me lots more knowledge about the tax system than I had prior to the course. The average individual really does not have enough information about the “code” and the potential impact on their financial life.”

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. We recommend taking Introduction to Financial Planning first.

NOTICE: Our program is fully online and is text-based (there are no video or audio lectures).

Click on a course title for more information about each course including instructor and textbook.

Course
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TRADITIONAL
TRACK
TRADITIONAL
TRACK
TRADITIONAL
TRACK
TRADITIONAL
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TRADITIONAL
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Apr. 3, 2020 -
June 14, 2020
Closed
Section 67
Sept. 4, 2020 –
Oct. 18, 2020
Closed
FT-6
Oct. 2, 2020 -
Dec. 13, 2020
Closed
Section 68
Feb. 5, 2021 –
Mar. 21, 2021
Closed
FT-7
Apr. 2, 2021 -
June 13, 2021
Closed
Section 69
Sept. 3, 2021 –
Oct. 17, 2021
Closed
FT-8
Oct. 8, 2021 -
Dec. 19, 2021
Closed
Section 70
Feb. 4, 2022 –
Mar. 20, 2022
Register
FT-9
Apr. 1, 2022 -
June 12, 2022
Upcoming
Section 71

 

 

July 10, 2020 -
Sept. 20, 2020
Closed
Section 66
Oct 23, 2020 –
Dec. 6, 2020
Closed
FT-6
Jan. 15, 2021 -
Mar. 28, 2021
Closed
Section 67
Mar. 26, 2021 –
May 9, 2021
Closed
FT-7
July 9, 2021 -
Sept. 19, 2021
Closed
Section 68
Oct. 22, 2021 –
Dec. 5, 2021
Closed
FT-8
Jan. 14, 2022 -
Mar. 27, 2022
Register
Section 69
Mar. 25, 2022 –
May 8, 2022
Upcoming
FT-9
July 8, 2022 -
Sept. 18, 2022
Upcoming
Section 70

 

 

Oct. 2, 2020 -
Dec. 13, 2020
Closed
Section 66
Dec. 11, 2020 –
Jan. 31, 2021
Closed
FT-6
May 7, 2021 -
July 18, 2021
Closed
Section 67
May. 14, 2021 –
June 27, 2021
Closed
FT-7
Oct. 1, 2021 -
Dec. 12, 2021
In Progress
Section 68
Dec. 10, 2021 –
Jan. 30, 2022
Register
FT-8
May 6, 2022 -
July 17, 2022
Upcoming
Section 69
May 13, 2022 –
June 26, 2022
Upcoming
FT-9
Oct. 7, 2022 -
Dec. 18, 2022
Upcoming
Section 70

 

 

Jan. 15, 2021 -
Mar. 28, 2021
Closed
Section 66
Feb. 5, 2021 –
Mar. 21, 2021
Closed
Section FT-6
Aug. 6, 2021 -
Oct. 17, 2021
Closed
Section 67
July 9, 2021 –
Aug. 22, 2021
Closed
FT-7
Jan. 14, 2022 -
Mar. 27, 2022
Register
Section 68
Feb. 4, 2022 –
Mar. 20, 2022
Register
FT-8
Aug. 5, 2022 -
Oct. 16, 2022
Upcoming
Section 69
July 8, 2022 –
Aug. 21, 2022
Upcoming
FT-9
Jan. 13, 2023 -
Mar. 26, 2023
Upcoming
Section 70

 

 

Apr. 2, 2021 -
June 13, 2021
Closed
Section 66
Mar. 26, 2021 –
May 9, 2021
Closed
FT-6
Nov. 5, 2021 -
Jan. 23, 2022
Section 67
Aug. 27, 2021 –
Oct. 10, 2021
Closed
FT-7
Apr. 1, 2022 -
June 12, 2022
Upcoming
Section 68
Mar. 25, 2022 –
May 8, 2022
Upcoming
FT-8
Nov. 4, 2022 -
Jan. 22, 2023
Upcoming
Section 69
Aug. 26, 2022 –
Oct. 9, 2022
Upcoming
FT-9
Apr. 7, 2023 -
June 18, 2023
Upcoming
Section 70

 

 

July 9, 2021 -
Sept. 19, 2021
Closed
Section 66
May 14, 2021 –
June 27, 2021
Closed
FT-6
Feb. 4, 2022 -
Apr. 17, 2022
Register
Section 67
Oct. 15, 2021 –
Nov. 28, 2021
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FT-7
July 8, 2022 -
Sept. 18, 2022
Upcoming
Section 68
May 13, 2022 –
June 26, 2022
Upcoming
FT-8
Feb. 3, 2023 -
Apr. 16, 2023
Upcoming
Section 69
Oct. 14, 2022 –
Nov. 27, 2022
Upcoming
FT-9
July 7, 2023 -
Sept. 17, 2023
Upcoming
Section 70

 

 

Oct. 1, 2021 -
Jan. 6, 2022
In Progress
Section 28
July 9, 2021 –
Sept. 2, 2021
Closed
FT-6
May 6, 2022 -
Aug. 4, 2022
Upcoming
Section 29
Dec. 3, 2021 –
Jan. 27, 2022
FT-7
Oct. 7, 2022 -
Jan. 26, 2023
Upcoming
Section 30
July 8, 2022 –
Sept. 1, 2022
Upcoming
FT-8
May 5, 2023 -
Aug. 3, 2023
Upcoming
Section 31
Dec. 2, 2022 –
Jan. 26, 2023
Upcoming
FT-9
Oct. 6, 2023 -
Jan. 4, 2024
Upcoming
Section 32

 

 

February 2022
October 2021
October 2022
February 2022
February 2023
October 2022
October 2023
February 2023
February 2024

 

 

March 2022
November 2021
November 2022
March 2022
March 2023
November 2022
November 2023
March 2023
March 2024
 
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TRADITIONAL
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TRADITIONAL
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TRADITIONAL
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NOTICE: Access to the course is NOT Immediate. An account will be manually created for you once your payment has been submitted AND processed which can take 1-2 business days. Regular business hours are M-F 8am – 5pm. Course access information will be emailed to you.

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.

PLEASE INCLUDE THE COURSE NAME AND SECTION NUMBER YOU ARE INQUIRING ABOUT.