Designation Pathway

Certified Financial Planner (CFP®)

“Clients are looking for professionals who have the educational background needed to manage their portfolios.” – Neela White, CIM®, CIWM, FCSI® – Portfolio Manager, MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier Inc

“One of the best investments I’ve made was investing in my education.” – Phoebe Kim, CIWM – Senior Private Banker, TD Wealth Private Client Group

“Everybody has their own unique needs, goals and outcomes that they are looking to achieve with their wealth. The great advisors are the ones who get to know those details intimately, and have the necessary skills to deliver.” – Richard Pope, CIM, FCSI, CAIA – Vice President, Connor, Clark & Lunn Private Capital

“Credentials demonstrate a commitment from the advisor to continuous learning and building their expertise. This commitment ultimately leads to even greater value and benefits to the client.” – Silvio Stroescu, CIM, FICB, FCSI – Head, BMO Wealth Digitech Transformation, President, BMO Investorline

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“Clients are looking for professionals who have the educational background needed to manage their portfolios.” – Neela White, CIM®, CIWM, FCSI® – Portfolio Manager, MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier Inc

“One of the best investments I’ve made was investing in my education.” – Phoebe Kim, CIWM – Senior Private Banker, TD Wealth Private Client Group

“Everybody has their own unique needs, goals and outcomes that they are looking to achieve with their wealth. The great advisors are the ones who get to know those details intimately, and have the necessary skills to deliver.” – Richard Pope, CIM, FCSI, CAIA – Vice President, Connor, Clark & Lunn Private Capital

“Credentials demonstrate a commitment from the advisor to continuous learning and building their expertise. This commitment ultimately leads to even greater value and benefits to the client.” – Silvio Stroescu, CIM, FICB, FCSI – Head, BMO Wealth Digitech Transformation, President, BMO Investorline

What is Certified Financial Planner (CFP®)?

CSI provides you with three streams towards achieving the CFP® certification. Each of these three streams meets the educational requirements of the FP Canada Approved Advanced Curriculum Program on the path to CFP® certification and is tailored to the intricacies of the industry (banking, mutual fund dealer or investment dealer) it is designed for. It is recommended that students opt for the route of the industry they work in or aspire to, as that route is best structured and nuanced for that particular field.

Please refer to the FP Canada website for more information on the CFP® certification.

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What is the CSI path to the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) certification?

CSI offers three paths to the CFP® certification.

Stream 1: CFP® Certification Route for Bankers

Stream 2: CFP® Certification Route for Mutual Fund Representatives (MFDA)

Stream 3: CFP® Certification Route for Investment Advisors (IIROC)

Important Note

Students who enrolled before December 31, 2019, and successfully completed the Financial Planning II course or the Financial Planning Supplement course before March 31, 2020, are not required by FP Canada to complete the Lending, Retirement and Insurance Supplement course and the Law, Estate and Tax Supplement course. However, both FP Canada and CSI highly recommend that students enroll in the Lending, Retirement and Insurance Supplement course and the Law, Estate and Tax Supplement course to be better prepared to challenge the CFP® Certification Examination.

Pre-requisite Requirements

Please refer to the FP Canada website for information on experience requirements and pre-requisites (such as college/university diplomas or degrees).

CFP® Certification License and Trademark

The CFP® designation is not awarded by CSI. It is granted under license by the Financial Planning Standards Council to those who have met its educational standards, passed the CFP® Examination, satisfied a work experience requirement and agree to abide by FP Canada Code of Ethics.

CFP®, Certified Financial Planner® and CFP® (with flame logo) are trademarks owned outside the U.S. by Financial Planning Standards Board Ltd. Financial Planning Standards Council is the marks licensing authority for the CFP® marks in Canada, through agreement with FPSB.