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Personal Financial Planner (PFP®)


  • Proven strategies on how to best serve your clients' individual needs through financial planning.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the Canadian financial planning and advice space.
  • Effective approaches to establish deeper client relationships built upon trust, credibility and superior performance.


How to develop more robust financial plans by effectively managing all aspects of a client's financial situation including: insurance, investments, retirement, estate planning and tax strategy. Practical 'how-to' approaches to collaborate with other industry experts to create a more comprehensive financial planning strategy. How to improve and maximize your client relationships.


In addition to qualifying you to develop and manage comprehensive financial plans for your clients, your PFP® designation provides you with the following benefits:

  • National promotion and advertising campaigns that create awareness of the PFP® designation, including opportunities to be featured
  • You will be listed in the PFP® Directory, which helps clients find you and verify your credentials
  • Access to:
  • PFP® trademark designation letters:
    the right to use in marketing materials to promote your credentials
  • PFP® Portal login:
    unlock online resources, publications and customizable marketing materials to help you build your practice
    • PFP® LinkedIn Membership Network:
      Access to the member’s only PFP networking group on LinkedIn
  • Exclusive webinars:
    stay on top of the latest industry topics
  • Advanced standing into Dalhousie's MBA in Financial Services
    PFP® designation holders in good standing are eligible to receive credit for up to 3 MBA courses. Learn more about Dalhousie's MBA in Financial Services.
  • Discounted CE Packages – exclusively for designation holders
    Access to exclusive Professional Development CE packages to help you complete your CE requirements at a discounted rate. The offer is only available when you renew your designation.

Three paths are offered through CSI, one path through Mohawk College and two paths through Seneca College.

PFP Path Mohawk College BMAP

Enrol by Course

Select courses individually.

* Optional – not required to attain the designation.
† Certification examination.

IMPORTANT: In addition to completing the required courses and examination certification,candidates must have fulfilled a financial planning/financial advising role for three (3) of the last seven (7) years. For example, candidates must have been actively engaged in the financial advice or planning role within the last seven (7) years to be recognized as eligible for the PFP®designation. For more information on work experience requirements, click here.


The educational path must be completed not more than 5 years prior to application to write the AFP Certification Examination. Exemptions can be granted for courses offered by other education providers. If an individual has exceeded the 5 year time line, completion of the Financial Planning II examination (or equivalent) will be required.

Individuals must apply for the designation within 5 years of successfully completing the AFP Certification Examination. Individuals who do not qualify for the designation within this 5 year period will be required to re-take the AFP certification examination prior to being granted the designation. They will not be required to re-take the educational path.