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 (CFP®) Board of Standards, Inc., and additional relevant topics. The 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 program 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 this program. A calculator proficiency exam is required. Tuition fees do not include the cost of required study guides and online exam fees in 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.

Upon completion of the program students have:

  • Satisfied the educational requirements of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards
  • Substantive knowledge and technical skills for professional competency as a financial planner
  • Knowledge of all 72 principal knowledge topics mandated by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards
  • Proficiency in the use of a financial calculator


Who Should Enroll

The Certificate in Financial Planning is for professionals and college graduates who want a career in financial planning; those who work with financial planners, accountants, attorneys, real estate agents, stockbrokers, or insurance agents; and individuals interested in learning about long-term life-cycle financing. The programs are 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 contact 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 NYUSPS CFP Webpage or email

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.

Must be completed within

3 years

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 domains 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


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.

2022 Summer
+ 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.

2022 Summer
1 section

FP 3: Investment Planning

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

2022 Summer
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

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.

2022 Summer
+ 1 more semester
3 sections

FP 5: Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits

Gain familiarity with personal and employee-sponsored retirement plans.

2022 Summer
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

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.

2022 Fall
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.

2022 Fall
1 section

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