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Finance Certificate in Financial Planning

Diploma Description

The Certificate in Financial Planning is designed to fulfill the educational requirements necessary to sit for the Certified Financial Planner Certification Examination. The program covers all 72 financial planning topics required by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Center for Financial Planning, Inc., and additional relevant topics. The financial planning certificate is available in three program formats to accommodate students’ specific needs and schedules: the in-person Certificate in Financial Planning, the Web-Delivered Certificate in Financial Planning (Live Online, Instructor-Led), and the Web-Delivered Certificate in Financial Planning (Self-Paced).

This financial planning certificate provides traditional classroom learning and flexibility presented in seven modules covering the fundamentals of financial planning, including the financial planning process and insurance, investment planning, income tax planning, retirement planning and employee benefits, and estate planning. Candidates have up to three years to complete the Certificate in Financial Planning. A calculator proficiency exam is required. Tuition fees do not include the cost of required study guides and online exam fees in the financial planning certificate courses FP 2 through FP 6, which must be purchased by each individual student in order to qualify for access to the online final exam.

Who Should Enroll

  • Professionals and college graduates who want a career in financial planning.
  • Those who work with financial planners, such as, accountants, attorneys, real estate agents, stockbrokers, or insurance agents.
  • Individuals interested in learning about long-term life-cycle financing.



The Certificate in Financial Planning is designed for students who want to complete the educational requirements for the CFP® examination. In order to sit for the CFP Exam, students must have a bachelor’s degree in any subject. For more information, please email the  CFP Board directly.

Course Materials

Course materials and online exams for FP 2 through FP 6 are required to be purchased from Dalton Education. The textbooks can be purchased from Dalton Education, or they can be purchased elsewhere. There is no textbook for FP 1.

For more information, visit the NYU SPS CFP Webpage or email sps.finance@nyu.edu.

Note: CFP Board owns the marks CFP, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP (with flame logo)®, which it awards to individuals who successfully complete initial and ongoing certification requirements.

You'll Walk Away With

  • Completion of the CFP Board educational requirements in the major personal financial planning areas necessary to sit for the Certified Financial Planner Certification Examination.
  • Knowledge and understanding of all 72 principal knowledge topics mandated by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. to attain CFP certification.
  • Knowledge and understanding of professional practice standards and the ability to apply the CFP Board Financial Planning Practice Standards to the financial planning process.
  • The ability to communicate complex financial planning techniques and to provide recommendations in a clear, fair, and relevant manner.
  • The ability to apply and integrate the financial planning information to formulate a financial plan, and the skills to successfully communicate the financial plan results both orally and in writing.
  • Proficiency in the use of a financial calculator.

Earn a 10% DISCOUNT* on courses by declaring your candidacy for the Certificate in Financial Planning.


Program Curriculum


Program Curriculum



All Courses Required

FP 1: Fundamentals of Financial Planning

Learn the fundamentals of financial planning in this prerequisite for the other courses in the financial planning program.

2024 Spring
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

FP 2: Financial Planning Process and Insurance

Review basic financial planning principles, and become familiar with the concepts of risk management.

2024 Spring
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

FP 3: Investment Planning

Learn how to assess clients’ risk tolerance, tax situation, liquidity, and marketability requirements to determine appropriate investments.

2024 Summer
1 section

FP 4: Income Tax Planning

Become familiar with the tax law research process, terminology, the computation of tax, and other concepts of income tax accounting.

2024 Spring
1 section

FP 5: Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits

Gain familiarity with personal and employee-sponsored retirement plans.

FP 6: Estate Planning

Become familiar with estate planning, including how the federal estate tax system works and what to consider when doing estate planning.

2024 Summer
1 section

FP 7: Financial Planning Capstone

Acquire the skills necessary to synthesize and apply elements of comprehensive financial planning and to communicate them clearly.

Complete 0

General Admission Requirements

For those who have completed some college Completion of 32 credits with at least 2 years work experience OR 60 credits with no work experience required