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CFP Exam Prep

Distinguish Yourself with a CFP Board-Registered Degree Program

When you earn your financial planning degree at SNHU, you've met the educational requirement to become a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional - the highest standard of excellence in the field.

Our financial planning program is registered with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. and sets students up for career success, allowing them to gain the knowledge that will prepare them to take the CFP® certification exam.

The financial planning degree prepares our students to become client-focused professional financial planners who help individuals and families create, manage and transfer wealth efficiently. And with SNHU, graduates can increase their ROI, thanks to our affordable online tuition rates and a median annual salary of $90,640 for personal financial advisors.*

Learn more about what it means to become a certified financial advisor.

Exam Dates

The CFP® exam is held on one day over two three-hour testing sessions. It's offered in a computer-based format and administered in over 250 testing locations across the country. Learn more about the upcoming exam dates.

Eligibility Criteria

To become a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, you must meet four certification requirements: education, examination, experience and ethics. SNHU's BS in Finance with a concentration in Financial Planning meets the educational requirements to sit for the exam. The CFP® certification requires additional experience guidelines, including 6,000 hours of professional experience related to the financial planning process or 4,000 hours of apprenticeship experience. Learn more about each of the CFP® certification criteria.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the Internet, at (viewed online February 27, 2019). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.