The Self-Paced Online CFP® Certification Program

Boston University's self-paced financial planning program is a flexible and convenient way to pursue your CFP® certification online.

With our self-paced online financial planning program, you will receive a 21-month subscription to the course material. Our comprehensive online version of the core curriculum required to sit for the CFP® exam can be completed in 9 months with approximately 10 hours a week of effort. Designed by the esteemed Boston University faculty, the self-paced online financial planning program is fully asynchronous so you can work on any time of day and any day of the week.

The program consists of seven courses:

  • Introduction to Financial Planning
  • Risk Management
  • Investments
  • Tax Planning
  • Retirement and Employee Benefit Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • Capstone Course in Financial Planning

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Want to work towards your CFP® certification education one course at a time? You can also purchase individual self-paced courses from Boston University.


Why choose the self-paced program?

With a convenient, fully asynchronous course curriculum, Boston University's self-paced online CFP® certification program is the ideal program for busy working professionals.

The benefits of the self-paced program include:

  • Fully comprehensive online curriculum
  • No travel to Boston required
  • Course access anytime, anywhere
  • Pace of progress is determined by each individual student
  • Unlimited course access for up to 21 months
  • Access to an experienced financial planning tutor via email
  • Graduates have historically higher than average pass rates on the CFP® exam
  • Certificate of completion from Boston University upon successful completion of the program


Required books and materials

Books and materials for the program cost approximately $1500 total.
Please visit our Books and Materials page to learn more.


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