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FPSC Level 1® Examination in Financial Planning

The FPSC Level 1 examination is a four-hour exam consisting of approximately 95 multiple-choice questions. Every question on the exam focuses on specific elements of the CFP® Professional Competency Profile and may also require integration across several financial planning areas. 

The FPSC Level 1 examination is offered twice a year in both official languages. It’s administered electronically at computer-based testing centres located across Canada.


Important Dates



Week of January 5, 2017 Exam results release from the November 2016 sitting of the FPSC Level 1 examination in Financial Planning
March 29 Exam preparation webinars take place
 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 6 Results released for the June 2, 2017 sitting of the FPSC Level 1 examination 
December 1 Next sitting of the FPSC Level 1 examination


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


Early Bird
(by April 4)

(after April 4)

Exam Only $550 $650
Exam + Practice Exam $675 $775

All prices are exclusive of taxes.

Are you Eligible to Write the FPSC Level 1 Examination? 

Standard Route to CFP Certification:

  • Timing: You must have successfully completed an FPSC-approved Core Curriculum program 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's 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. 
  • Exemptions: If you hold relevant financial planning qualifications or other relevant professional qualifications that qualify for exemption under Routes to CFP Certification, you may qualify for exemption from an FPSC-approved Core Curriculum program.

Fast Track with Relevant Qualification

  • 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 FPSC Level 1 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. For a list of cities where the exam will take place, please refer to the Guide to FPSC Examinations

Preparing for Success in the Exam

The FPSC Level 1 Examination in Financial Planning 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 page for more tips and tools to get ready for the FPSC Level 1 examination.