Executive Certificate in Financial Planning: About the Program

Program Faculty

SF State Extended Learning is proud to have assembled an outstanding faculty, in conjunction with Kaplan Schweser. All faculty in the Executive Certificate of Financial Planning program have CFP® certification, a professional designation or license. The faculty presents the material in a manner that allows students to utilize their time efficiently and effectively outside of the classroom.


The education requirement can be fulfilled by successfully completing the SF State Extended Learning Certificate in Financial Planning program. Certain professionals such as a PhD, DBA, JD, CFA, CPA, ChFC, or CLU may challenge the exam. Once you become a CFP® certificant, you will be required to complete 30 hours of continuing education every two years.

Examination - CFP® Certification

The CFP® Certification Examination is given three times per year in March, July, and November. The national pass rate on the examination is approximately 50%. Based on a 2004 Job Analysis Study, there are 89 job topics which are the basis for the CFP® Examination. Each exam question will be linked to one of the 89 job topics.


In order to receive the CFP® Certification, the candidate must meet certain experience requirements: A bachelor's degree and three years of work experience is necessary. In addition, this experience must be completed in the 10 years preceding the exam or five years after the exam.


CFP® certificants are required to abide by CFP Board's Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and Financial Planning Practice Standards. In addition, CFP® certificants are required to disclose to CFP Board if involved in a criminal or civil proceeding.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the time commitment required for study outside of the classroom?
Depending on the student's previous experience and education, a student can expect to spend between 1 - 2 hours studying outside of the classroom for every hour in the classroom.

How long is the program and how much does it cost?
This is a nine-month program consisting of six courses: Fundamentals of Financial Planning and Insurance Planning, Investment Planning, Income Taxation and Tax Planning, Retirement and Employee Benefits Planning, Estate Tax Planning, and a Case Course in Financial Planning. Tuition for the program is $5,400 and is payable in full before the start of the program. Tuition does not include books and materials.

Why choose the SF State Extended Learning Executive Certificate in Financial Planning program over another program?
Quality instruction is a must for any outstanding educational program. All faculty members have advanced degrees and certifications and are experienced professionals in their fields.

This program is a joint effort between Kaplan Schweser and SF State Extended Learning. Kaplan Schweser is the leading provider of review materials and courses for the CFP® Certification Examination as well as a nationally recognized publisher of financial planning education materials and courses.

What is the process of attaining CFP® certification?
In order to attain CFP® certification, there are the four E's: Education, Examination, Experience, and Ethics.

CFP Board

SF State Extended Learning is an approved education provider of the CFP Board. The CFP Board offers a wealth of information and resources for students who are interested in becoming a CFP®. Visit the CFP Board website to learn more about becoming a CFP professional, the CFP Certification Exam, and to take advantage of the Career Center where you can search for career opportunities.