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CFP® Examination

The CFP examination is a six hour exam consisting of a combination of multiple-choice (15%-25%) and constructed-response (75%-85%) questions. Each question on the CFP examination focuses on specific elements of the CFP Professional Competency Profile and may also require integration across several financial planning areas.

The CFP examination is offered in English and is available in French upon request. You can request to write the exam in French in your online application form.


Important Dates



Week of January 19, 2017 Exam results release from the November 2016 sitting of the CFP examination
March 29 Exam preparation webinars 
April 4 Early bird registration closes
Last day to request an alternate exam location or testing accommodation
May 2 Exam registration closes
Last day to provide educational transcripts
Last day to request a withdrawal, postponement or change exam location
June 2 Examination takes place
June 16 Last day to notify FPSC of any change of address prior to release of exam results 
July 20 Results released for the June 2, 2017 sitting of the CFP examination 
December 1
Next sitting of the CFP examination



Registration for the June 2, 2017 exam is now closed.


Early Bird
(by April 4)

(after April 4)

Exam Only $750 $850
Exam + Practice Exam $925 $1025

Are you Eligible to Write the CFP Examination?

Standard Route to CFP Certification:

  • Timing: You must have successfully completed an FPSC-Approved Capstone course within the past four years.
  • Documentation: You’ll need an official transcript from your educational institution indicating your successful completion of all courses, but there is no need to submit your transcript until after you’ve registered for the exam. Please upload your transcript to your FPSC Portal no later than one month before the exam.
  • Rewrites: If you’re rewriting the exam, you don’t need to submit supporting documentation.

Fast Track with Relevant Qualifications:

  • Exemptions: If you hold the Pl. Fin. from Quebec or a CFP credential from an FPSB Member in another territory, you may qualify for exemption from an FPSC-Approved Capstone Course under Routes to CFP Certification.
  • Documentation: You’ll need a letter from your governing professional body confirming your qualifications and good standing, but there is no need to submit this until after you’ve registered for the exam. Please upload your letter to your FPSC Portal no later than one month before the exam. 

Exam Locations

You’ll be asked to select your preferred exam location city on the CFP examination application. FPSC will strive to accommodate your first selection of exam location, but in the event that seats are no longer available due to capacity limitations, your backup location will be assigned. In the rare event that your first and second choice locations are full, an alternate exam location will be proposed to you. To see a list of cities where the exam will take place, please refer to the Guide to FPSC Examinations

Preparing to Write the Exam

The CFP Examination Practice Exam is the ideal study tool to help ensure success in the exam. It lets you experience how the exam looks and feels as it provides feedback on your performance. Visit our FPSC Study Toolkit for the CFP Examination page for more tips and tools to get ready for the CFP examination.