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New Digital Credentials for Canadian CFP Professionals Provide Up-to-the-Minute Verification of Certification Status

Digital certificate and badge showcase CFP® certification across all online platforms

TORONTO, ON – February 9, 2018 – Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC) has announced the launch of digital credentials for Certified Financial Planner® professionals. A digital certificate and digital badge have replaced the paper certificates and annual seals that CFP professionals received in the past.

The digital credentials include real-time confirmation of a CFP professional’s certification status, details of what sets a CFP professional apart from other financial advisors and an overview of the rigorous path they undertook to obtain their designation. The easily shareable credentials will allow consumers and others to securely and confidently verify an individual’s certification status across all types of online platforms, including email signatures, websites and social media accounts. The blockchain-verified digital technology is offered through the Accredible platform.

“In the age of digital platforms, social media, and online communications, this digital technology offers consumers real-time assurance that their financial advisor is truly qualified as a financial planner and is in good standing with their professional body,” says FPSC Managing Director of Standards, Damienne Lebrun-Reid.

FPSC began the rollout of digital credentials with candidates who qualified for CFP certification following the December 2017 CFP examination. Existing CFP professionals will receive access to digital credentials this spring, following their annual certification renewal for the 2018-2019 year. 

More information about digital credentials for CFP professionals is available in FPSC’s Frequently Asked Questions.

About Financial Planning Standards Council
A professional standards-setting and certification body working in the public interest, FPSC’s purpose is to drive value and instill confidence in financial planning. FPSC ensures those it certifies―Certified Financial Planner® 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. With FPSC’s formal partnership with the Institut québécois de planification financière (IQPF), which is the only organization authorized to certify Financial Planners in Québec, there are more than 23,500 Financial Planners in Canada who have met, and continue to meet, FPSC’s standards. More information is available at and

About Accredible
Accredible is the industry-leading digital credentialing platform that helps organizations securely issue, manage, track, and verify digital certificates and badges. Accredible issues digital certificates and badges on behalf of MIT, Cambridge University, Google, Rosetta Stone, Kaplan University, The Digital Marketing Institute, AFCPE, AIPMM, and hundreds other organizations across the world. More information is available at

For more information, please contact:
Caroline Horcher
Financial Planning Standards Council
416.593.8587, ext. 232 or 1.800.305.9886