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  1. 1. Financial Planners Standards Council A sure-footed Guide to the financial planning profession. Take the next step.
  2. 2. A sure-footed Guide to a career in the financial planning profession “I have spread my dreams under your feet.”William ButlerYeats Frequently Asked Questions Try us on for size. Who is Financial budgeting and much Planners Standards more. For a complete list Council? of topic areas, visit the Financial Planners FPSC Web site. Standards Council is a The skills of a CFP not-for-profit organization professional include: established in 1995 to foster professionalism • Professionalism in personal financial through objectivity, planning. FPSC’s mission integrity and is to benefiting the public confidentiality; by leading the evolution Choosing a career of the financial planning profession in Canada by developing, enforcing • Observing, gathering, analyzing and computing data; and promoting the • Translating data into highest competency and innovative solutions that works with your life. ethical standards in and opportunities; financial planning. • Precision and What is financial planning? All individuals who are accuracy – paying Financial Planners Standards Council (FPSC) annually awarded the attention to detail; defines personal financial planning as the process of right to use the CFP™ • Problem solving – It’s all about the fit. creating strategies, considering all relevant aspects of a client’s financial situation, to manage financial affairs to meet life goals. marks by FPSC meet these standards on an ongoing basis. FPSC is applying appropriate strategies and drawing accurate conclusions; the sole licensor of the • Logical and abstract What does a financial planner do? CFP™ marks in Canada. thinking; Financial planners use an integrated, multi-disciplined What knowledge • Strong written and oral So what’s Financial Planning like ? The answers might surprise you. approach to help their clients gain perspective on their personal finances. and skills do financial communication skills; • Ability to listen and Through conversations and research, the client and planners have? work well with others; Erika Penner, CFP Christopher Hatherly, CFP below below planner assess where the client is, determine where Financial planners and “Finances are a “If you enjoy working the client may want or need to be at any time in the who earn the CFP • Dedication to staying critical component of with people, give some future, and together develop a plan to get the client designation have acquired aware of changes in the everyone’s life. As a serious consideration to there. They may also help their clients put plans the breadth and depth economic, political and CFP professional, you becoming a financial into action. Professional planners usually develop of knowledge and skills regulatory environment guide your clients planner. The CFP long-term relationships with their clients, paying necessary to serve through many phases of designation has helped and engage in attention to how their clients’ wants and needs may their clients’ interests continuous professional their lives to help achieve differentiate me from competently and ethically. their goals. There is others.” change over a lifetime. development. never a dull moment!” They have proven What is the CFP™ designation? Peter Andreana, CFP Anthony Windeyer, CFP Tina Tehranchian, CFP The internationally recognized “CFP” marks, knowledge in a variety above above above including CFP™, Certified Financial Planner™ and of topics including “Being a CFP professional “The truth is it’s all about “The most gratifying identify individuals who are committed economics, taxation, gives my clients the love and responsibility. thing about working as to the highest level of competence and retirement saving vehicles peace of mind that People plan for their a CFP professional is and financial products, they are dealing with future because they’re seeing the positive ethics in professional financial planning. pension plans, relevant someone who has the responsible and love impact that my advice laws and legal issues, ethics, skill set and someone. When that’s can make on my clients’ experience to help them the basis for meeting lives.” reach their life goals.” people, you can’t help but be fulfilled.”
  3. 3. A sure-footed Guide to a career in the financial planning profession “The longest journeys begin with a single step.”Chinese proverb Two Ways to Go. Review the details. FPSC Accredited Education Path Some candidates will • Professional accountants choose to work full-time (CA, CGA, CMA) EDUCATION in the financial services • Chartered Financial There are 27 education programs directly accredited by industry while completing Analyst (CFA) FPSC that are delivered through distance and in-class their educational • Chartered Life courses by 22 institutions (including colleges and requirement. Others universities). Some program providers have entered Underwriter (CLU) choose to study full-time, into academic partnerships expanding the number of successfully pass the CFP • Lawyer (Member of institutions that offer courses of study leading to the Examination and then provincial law society) CFP designation to over 70. meet the work experience • PhDs in finance, requirements. The choice business or economics Although FPSC sets the academic program is up to you FPSC Accredited requirements, it does not control which certificate, Where to look for diploma or degree will be awarded upon completion ETHICS, PRACTICE more details of any of the approved programs. All programs vary in STANDARDS and The CFP Candidates cost, length and delivery format. With some research CONTINUING EDUCATION section of the FPSC Web you can find the program that meets your financial and site at When you have met the Education Path. educational needs. has the most current education, examination EXPERIENCE and work experience information and resources Once you have completed an approved education requirements, you are to get you ready to take program, you qualify to write the CFP Examination eligible to be awarded the the next step. Here you’ll that is set and administered by FPSC. The examination CFP designation. Once find: On track for success. is offered twice a year in both official languages in locations across Canada. To complete the CFP professional certification program, you are licensed to use the CFP marks, you are required to abide by the standards of ethics and • Examination and licensing forms; • The list and contact you must also acquire two years of related work practice set by FPSC, and information of FPSC experience within five years before or after successfully to continue your Approved Education passing the CFP Examination. education throughout Providers; your career to keep your • Career Centre: knowledge and skills an interactive e-mail Path to the CFP™ Designation relevant. Approved Prior Q&A resource; • Job site: online postings of jobs and resumes; Credentials Policy • Discussion Forums: EDUCATION WORK EXAM ETHICS LICENCE Adherence to If you already hold one of places to network with FPSC CODE the following professional REQUIREMENTS EXPERIENCE like minded individuals designations or Offered by FPSC Two years of work Agree to abide OF ETHICS educational credentials to form study groups ▲ ▲ ▲ ▲ ▲ registered program experience may be by FPSC Code and annual and share resources; and and have accumulated providers in distance completed before or of Ethics. CONTINUING • A list of course review three years of personal and/or classroom after writing the CFP workshops and study settings. Examination. EDUCATION financial planning related requirements work experience, you are seminars to help you eligible to write the CFP get ready to take the ▲ Examination. All other licensing requirements next step. Browse through the rest apply. of the site for more information on financial If you already have the right experience and credentials,you can planning, FPSC and the CFP™ designation. start right here.Check out the Approved Prior Credentials Policy.
  4. 4. A sure-footed Guide to a career in the financial planning profession “He who has imagination without learning has wings Hire Education. Organizations seeking CFP professionals today. but no feet.” Joseph Joubert Adecco Financial Staffing Limited Heath Lambert Benefits Peter Watson Investments Consulting Inc. AGFA Primerica Financial Hepcoe CU Services Aim/Trimark Hill & Crawford Prince Albert Credit Algonquin College Investment Management Union Alodium Financial Group Inc HR/RH INC. Ray & Berndtson Ashton College Executive Search RBC Bank Bank of Bermuda HSBC Asset Management RBC Dominion Securities Bank of Montreal (Canada) Limited RBC Insurance Bannatyne Investment ING RBC Investments Judge the CFP Berkshire Investment Group Inc. Blair L. Botsford, Barrister & Solicitor Investia Financial Services Investors Group KPMG LLP Ryan Lamontagne Inc. Salmon Arm Savings and BMO Nesbitt Burns Credit Union botsfordLAW Landmark Consulting Saskatchewan Public designation by the CDSPI CFO Financial Planning Laurentian Financial Services Investments LFS – Laurentian Service Commission SB & C Financial Growth ScotiaMcLeod CIBC Group Of Companies Financial Services CIBC Wood Gundy Seneca College Lighthouse Wealth companies we keep. Clarica Coast Capital Savings Management Ltd LSM Consulting Septen Financial SISIP Financial Planning Credit Union Spherion Courte Insurance & St. Willibrord Fianancial Services Inc. Community CU CPA Financial Services Inc. Streamline Consulting Credential Group TD Canada Trust Picture the CFP Designation in your career. ™ Credit Unions of Saskatchewan TD Waterhouse Financial Planning Datile Securities PPI FINANCIAL Dundee Private Investors Inc. Teachers Credit Union ANNOUNCEMENT GROUP Dundee Securities Corp. The Public Employees’ Benefits Agency of the E.E.S. Financial Services MNK Financial Services Department of Finance GROWTH OPPORTUNITY Edward Jones Money Concepts The Roche Financial FINANCIAL PLANNING PRACTICE Enterprise Partners Group Lisa M. Bell, CFP Senior Financial Consultant Financial Planner/Branch Manager Murrick Insurance/ Bill Evans, Regional Investors Group Financial This is an outstanding opportunity for a high integrity professional Financial Finesse Inc. Assante Financial TWC Financial growth of our business. with future potential, to assist in the Director for Investors Group Services Inc. is an affiliate of Financial Services is pleased Investors Group Inc.– one of and risk management to announce Lisa Bell has achieved the position of the largest financial services companies in the country. We’ve built a solid reputation as wealth integrity and experience in Financial Partners National Bank of Canada VanCity Credit Union Senior Financial Consultant. For over 70 years, Investors professionals. Our clients trust our They value our quality financial business, estate, and tax analysis. Group has been a pioneer in Lisa has achieved a high offering a comprehensive funds, GICs, insurance, and Wainwright products (wealth management, mutual Office of the Public level of specialized knowledge in financial, array of financial products and services. Today, we others). Focus Wealth Strategies insurance and taxation matters which will ensure the manage over $40 billion in mutual fund assets for over a Your initial role in this commission-ba sed position will be to ensure Guardian & Trustee Credit Union Ltd. clients (yours and ours), as best possible service is provided to our many clients million Canadians. continued quality of service to existing goal is to assume the role of Freedom55 Financial well as developing new clients. Your WFG Securities Branch Manager. OTG Investments As an entrepreneurial, committed team player, you should have an George Brown College of Canada Inc. in assets, university degree, existing client base of about $10M CFP, 3-5 years experie nce, and management capabilities. Sandy Cardy, CA, CFP Page and Associates KEVIN WARK, CFP Glen W Gryzko Professional Corporation Windsor Family James A. Burton, Chairman David Feather, President, Partners in Planning Credit Union and Chief Executive Officer Mackenzie Financial Services Inc., Growth Financial/Castlegar Savings CU of PPI Financial Group, is is pleased to announce the appoint- Perler Financial/ World Financial Group pleased to announce the ment of Sandy Cardy, CA, CFP, as Harmony Capital Group CMG-Worldsource appointment of Kevin Walk, Insurance of Canada Vice President, Tax and Estate CFP, to the position of Senior Advisory services. Ms Cardy brings Vice-President, Business
  5. 5. Take the career shopping list test. I enjoy helping people I like problem solving I can look at the“big”picture I enjoy paying attention to detail I want to be a“professional” I want a career that conforms to my lifestyle I want a career that is in demand I have considered a career as a financial planner You’re ready.Take the next step: read our career brochure. Take the Financial Planners Standards Council next step. 505 University Ave., Suite 1600, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X3 Telephone: 416.593.8587 Fax: 416.593.6903 Toll free: 1 800.305.9886 E-mail: Web site: CFP and Certified Financial Planner certification marks are used by FPSC under a license agreement with the CFP Board of Standards, Inc.