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Financial Planning Supplement (FPSU)


Grow Your Financial Planning Knowledge and Confidence

Upon completion of this course, you will gain the knowledge and confidence needed to help clients make smarter decisions and ultimately, reach their goals. You will also gain confidence to write the AFP Exams towards the PFP® or the CFP® exams administered by the FPSC and advance your career.

Learn About

Financial Planning Practice and Process

  • The Personal Financial Planning Process
  • Integrating Financial Planning Into your Business
  • Client Segmentation and Financial Planning
  • Re-profiling and Rediscovering Client Relationships by Segment

Behavioural Finance

  • The Relevance of Behavioural Finance to the Wealth Advisor
  • Risk Tolerance Questionnaires and Their Limitations
  • Investor Biases
  • Investor Personality Types

Family and Business Law

  • Marriage; Separation and Divorce
  • Maintenance and Support
  • Children of the Marriage
  • Division of Property on Marriage Breakdown
  • Contract, Agency and Fiduciary duty
  • Tort Law and Professional Liability
  • Consumer Protection in Canada
  • Bankruptcy Law in Canada

Life Insurance and Managing Risk by Using Disability and Other Types of Insurance

  • Insurance Industry Regulation
  • Risk Management
  • Law and The Insurance Contract
  • Principles of Life Insurance
  • Life Insurance Needs Analysis
  • Types of Life Insurance
  • Taxation of Life Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Group Life and Health Insurance
  • General Insurance and Automobile Insurance

Financial Planning for Snowbirds

  • Residency for US Income Tax Purposes
  • US Estate Planning Issues for Snowbirds
  • Structuring the Purchase of US Real Estate
  • US Estate Planning Issues for Snowbirds
  • Options Available for Permanent US Residency

What's Included:

  • Chapter learning objectives that keep you focused
  • Interactive resources including textbook material in PDF format
  • Interactive exercises and review questions to help you to apply your course material and reinforce your learning
  • Online discussion and assistance from CSI's academic support specialists
  • Complementary sections (online only)
    • Financial Planning Integration Activity -  A systematic approach to developing your ability to integrate financial planning concepts and designed to challenge your comprehension of the expectations related to the preparation of a financial plan.
    • Preparing for the CFP® or PFP® Certification – Intended to assist and provide you with some  learning material to help you review and integrate the financial planning content and concepts learned over the years from the CSI material, in the eventuality to register for a financial planning certification exams.
Approximate Hours of Study**
Hours of Study 40 - 50 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)
Financial Planning Process 8%
Financial Planning Practice 12%
Behavioural Finance 12%
Business Law 17%
Family Law 17%
Insurance Planning 22%
Financial Planning for Snowbirds 12%
Total 100%
Number of Exams 1
Exam Format Paper Or Computer Based
Exam Length 1.5 Hours
Question Format Multiple Choice
Questions Per Exam 60
Attempts Allowed Per Exam 3*
Passing Grade 60%
Enrolment Period 1 year

*There is no charge for your first attempt at a paper-based exam within Canada, as long as it's at a regular exam center and you provide a minimum of 14 days notice before the date that you want to write the exam. If you would like to write a computer-based exam, an additional fee will be required.

Each subsequent paper-based exam attempt at a regular exam centre within Canada will also require an additional fee. This fee is in addition to any special, computer-based or international fees that may apply. You must provide a minimum of 14 days notice within Canada at a regular exam centre and 4 weeks notice for all other centres. Please note that the date of the exam is not part of any notice period.

†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.

Important: During a student's enrolment period, CSI may update this course. In that case, details about the update and how it may affect students will be posted online via My CSI. Students are held responsible for and are examinable on the content in the course textbook(s) provided at the time of enrollment unless stated otherwise in My CSI. Students are encouraged to check My CSI regularly throughout their enrolment period.

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