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About Financial Planning Standards Council

Financial Planning Standards Council is a not-for-profit organization that develops, promotes and enforces professional standards in financial planning through Certified Financial Planner® certification. 

FPSC is dedicated to driving value and instilling confidence in financial planning. As a standards-setting and certification body, FPSC ensures CFP® professionals and FPSC Level 1® Certificants in Financial Planning meet appropriate standards of competence and professionalism through rigorous requirements of education, examination, experience and ethics. 

CFP® designation: The standard

Long considered the standard for financial planning in Canada, the CFP designation provides assurance to Canadians that the design of their financial future rests with an appropriately qualified professional who will put their clients’ interests ahead of their own.

There are approximately 17,000 Certified Financial Planner professionals across Canada, part of an international network of more than 160,000 CFP professionals in 26 territories around the world.

Ensuring the highest standards in financial planning

FPSC ensures that CFP professionals and FPSC Level 1 certificants meet appropriately high standards of knowledge, skills, abilities and ethics through rigorous requirements for education, examinations and experience.

To obtain the CFP designation, candidates must complete a rigorous education program, pass two national exams and have three years of qualifying work experience. To maintain certification, every year they complete new professional education courses and agree to adhere to the Standards of Professional Responsibility for CFP Professionals and FPSC Level 1 Certificants in Financial Planning.

A commitment to globally recognized certification criteria

Committed to maintaining its own quality standards, FPSC is one of only six certification bodies in Canada to have received ISO 17024 accreditation from the Standards Council of Canada for meeting globally recognized standards for certification bodies. Based on internationally recognized criteria and procedures, this accreditation assesses and recognizes the credibility, impartiality and technical competence of FPSC’s certification services.

Working for the financial well-being of Canadians and the betterment of the financial planning profession

FPSC is continually working toward the formal professionalization of financial planning. FPSC believes that everyone who claims to be a financial planner should be required to meet stringent proficiency and ethics requirements, including high levels of education and experience. These rigorous requirements are met by all CFP professionals.

In most Canadian provinces there is no legislated standard in place for the estimated 100,000 people who claim to offer financial advice. With the exception of Quebec, people who call themselves financial planners are not required to obtain any credentials whatsoever.

Recognition of financial planning as a distinct profession will safeguard and enhance the financial well-being of Canadians and ultimately lead to the betterment of the financial planning profession.

Learn more about FPSC

SCC Accreditation & Design Mark is an Official Mark of the Standards Council of Canada, used under license.

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FPSC vigilantly guards the trust Canadians have placed in CFP professionals and FPSC Level 1 Certificants in Financial Planning and promptly addresses all concerns that come to our attention and thoroughly investigates all allegations of misconduct.

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