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Personal Financial Planning

A Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. Registered Program

Overview

This program is registered with Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. CFP Board is a certifying organization whose mission is to benefit the public by fostering professional standards in personal financial planning.

Who Should Attend

  • Bankers, accountants, stockbrokers and
    attorneys
  • Mid-career professionals in the finance industry who want to hone their skills
  • College graduates and other individuals
    who are considering a career in personal financial planning

Career Insight

Occupational summary for personal financial advisors in the United States.

205,336
Jobs
(2016)
28.10%
Projected Growth
(2017-2027)
$58k-$161k
Annual Salary
(25th-75th Percentile)

Program Benefits

  • Obtain knowledge and skills that will enable you to offer sound financial advice and quality client service
  • Acquire the job knowledge requirements to sit for the CFP® Board’s CFP® Certification Examination
  • Strengthen your professional network
  • Program formats include: online and on campus (regular and accelerated)

Note: Students pursuing the educational requirements to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination are required to complete the 8 required courses. Upon completion, please create an account at www.cfp.net and then email FinancePrograms@ce.uci.edu with your CFP ID# to have your eligibility submitted to the CFP Board. For those eligible for Challenge Status, you only need to complete the capstone Practicum course. To submit your eligibility for the CFP® Certification Examination, please email education@CFPBoard.org with your full name, CFP ID#, transcript for the capstone course and documentation verifying your designation to qualify for challenge status. Students who pass the examination must also fulfill the work experience and ethics requirements as required by the CFP Board to become a Certified Financial Planner™. For more information about these requirements, visit the CFP Board at www.cfp.net.

Kelly Erickson shares her story about how her PFP certificate led to her earning her CFP® and MBA.

Course Schedule

Choose the path that fits your needs: complete this program in as little as one year by taking two courses per quarter. Please contact Francine Berg at FinancePrograms@ce.uci.edu for assistance in developing a personalized course plan.

Required Courses

TitleWinterSpringSummerFall
MGMT X433.20
Principles of Financial Analysis (3 units)
MGMT X433.20
to be scheduled Campus Online to be scheduled
MGMT X433
Survey of Personal Financial Planning (4 units)
MGMT X433
to be scheduled Online Campus to be scheduled
MGMT X433.7
Insurance Planning (4 units)
MGMT X433.7
  Campus   to be scheduled
MGMT X433.1
Investment Planning (4 units)
MGMT X433.1
to be scheduled   Campus  
MGMT X433.2
Income Tax Planning (4 units)
MGMT X433.2
  Online   to be scheduled
MGMT X433.8
Retirement Planning (4 units)
MGMT X433.8
to be scheduled   Online  
MGMT X433.9
Estate Planning (4 units)
MGMT X433.9
  Campus   to be scheduled
MGMT X433.21
Personal Financial Planning Practicum (4.5 units)
MGMT X433.21
to be scheduled   Campus  

Elective Courses

TitleWinterSpringSummerFall
Non-Certificate
MGMT x433.45
Personal Financial Planning Internship (4.5 units)
MGMT x433.45
to be scheduled Campus Campus to be scheduled

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full certificate.

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Certificate Eligibility and Requirements

Learn How To Earn Your Certificate A certificate is awarded upon completion of eight required courses each with a grade of "C" or above for a total of 315 hours of instruction. To become an official candidate in the program, students pursuing the certificate must submit a Declaration of Candidacy. Students are encouraged to declare candidacy as soon as possible, but no later than after the third course in the program. To receive the certificate after completing all program requirements, students must submit a Request for Certificate. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in his/her first course. Students not pursuing a certificate are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

CE Credit

The following courses are eligible for Continuing Education Units from the State of California Department of Insurance:

  • Mgmt X433.7 Insurance Planning (30 hours both classroom and online format)
  • Mgmt X433.8 Retirement Planning (33 hours classroom and 20 hours online format)
  • Mgmt X433.9 Estate Planning (30 hours classroom and 20 online format)

Transfer Credit

Students who complete the Personal Financial Planning Certificate Program (including the accelerated option) are eligible to transfer credits into the M.B.A. in Financial Planning at California Lutheran University. Please note a grade of “B” or higher is required for transfer credit. Learn more about transferring credit.

“My experience in UCI Division of Continuing Education's Personal Financial Planning Certificate Program made me a better financial planner. Earning the UCI PFP Certificate and then the CFP designation were essential to advancing in my profession. While in UCI Division of Continuing Education's program, I decided to enroll in the California Lutheran University MBA Financial Planning degree program to take my career even further. Having UCI's coursework transfer to California Lutheran's MBA program was fantastic. I am not sure that I would have pursued an MBA otherwise, but I am so grateful that I have. The combination of the UCI PFP Certificate and the California Lutheran MBA is a match made in heaven. It really elevates you in the minds of your clients. Having an MBA shows that I am committed to my profession.” Cindy Havenhill, CFP®, M.B.A.

Earn an Alternative Digital Credential

Sample Badge

The Personal Financial Planning Certificate Program is now eligible as an alternative digital credential, often referred to as a digital badge.

Find out more about badging, the many benefits of earning a badge, and how you can qualify for and begin sharing this important visual acknowledgement of your educational achievements and commitment to professional development.

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Advisory Committee

  • Linda Barlow, CFP®, financial consultant and Principal, Barlow & Parker Wealth Managers
  • Don DeBok, CFP®, Financial Planner
  • Michael Feldman, Head of the Wealth and Private Bank, Union Bank
  • Delia Fernandez, CFP®, financial planner, Fernandez Financial Advisory
  • Ryan Hook, CFP®, Wealth Manager, Creative Planning, Inc.
  • Ray Kim, CFP®, President and CEO, Diligent Financial Group, Inc.
  • Gary Miller, CFP®, Principal, Trusted Financial Advisors
  • Timothy Neuville, CFP®, ChFC, CLU, financial planner, Epic Wealth Planning

On-site Training Available

Our Corporate Training specialists can deliver this program or customize one that fits your organization’s specific needs. Visit Corporate Training or call (949) 824-1847 for information.

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.

CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, and CFP marks are certification marks owned by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. These marks are awarded to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements.

The CFP® certification is the most widely recognized financial planning certification in the U.S. UCI Division of Continuing Education does not certify individuals to use the CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, and CFP certification marks. CFP® certification is granted only by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. to those persons who, in addition to completing an educational requirement such as this CFP Board-Registered Program, have met its ethics, experience, and examination requirements. Students interested in sitting for the exam must complete all of the required courses.

Continuing Education Units from the State of California Department of Insurance are available for some courses.