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Financial Planning I


You will learn how to:

  • Consolidate relevant customer information in order to provide quality advice to clients
  • Apply broad product knowledge to achieve results for clients
  • Recommend appropriate financial solutions
  • Build trustworthy and credible client relationships
  • Develop methods for improving communication with clients
  • Evaluate solutions - pros and cons
  • Build and expand your business

What's New

Updated content to reflect the 2019 Federal Budget specifically:

  • Module 2 Borrowing and Mortgages
    • Added new content: The First-Time Home Buyer Incentive
    • Updated the Home Buyers' Plan (HBP) limits
  • Module 3 Taxes, Investments and Retirement
    • Updating tax rates and pension limits
    • Updated online learning activities and sample practice questions.
  • Added a putting it all together quiz at the end of the online course

Learning Experience

CSI's online learning system helps you meet your study goals. You'll benefit from:

  • Learning objectives and goals that keep you focused
  • Interactive resources as well as textbook materials in PDF format
  • Online activities including standalone review questions to help you reinforce your learning and identify topics that may need to be revisited during exam preparation
  • Course updates to ensure you’re learning the most current and up-to-date practical material in your studies
  • Online assistance from CSI's academic support specialists
Approximate Hours of Study**
Hours of Study 70 - 90 hours

** In order to provide some guidance to course participants as to the length of time it will take to be sufficiently prepared to write the final examination, CSI has prepared this estimate of the number of hours an average participant could possibly expect to spend studying for a course. Please note that these are only recommended hours of study developed based on research and our course content, however, this does not mean that some students with exceptional backgrounds would not take less time than recommended or that students with no background at all in finance or economics would not take longer than the maximum.

(weightings are approximate)
Advising in the Financial Services Industry 5%
The Financial Planning Process 15%
Budgeting and Borrowing 15%
Personal Taxes 15%
Investments 15%
Retirement Savings 10%
Wills and Estates 10%
Power of Attorney 5%
Risk Management 10%
Exams 1
Exam Format Proctored (remote or in person at a test centre)
Exam Duration 3 Hours
Question Format Multiple Choice
Questions Per Exam 80
Attempts Allowed Per Exam 3*
Passing Grade 60%
Assignments None
Enrolment Period 1 year†

On successful completion of this course you will be able to download a Notice of Course Completion available through your student profile. This will remain on your profile as formal confirmation of course completion.

* The first attempt is included in the course enrolment fee. Further attempts incur fees.

†Please note: Access to your online materials will close 2 weeks after successful course completion or course expiry (whichever comes first). This course can be extended by 1 year provided you have not exceeded the attempts allowed  for each exam. You can view CSI extension fees here . Your enrolment period can only be extended one time.

Continuing Education (CE) Credits

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National/Provincial (Excluding Quebec)
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Quebec (IQPF/CSF)
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Please note: While CSI makes every effort to ensure that the information is up-to-date, we are unfortunately unable to fully guarantee its accuracy. The information listed in the charts above may be subject to change.

More detailed information on CE Credits are available.