Boston UniversityBoston University - Online CFP Certification Education Program

Self-Paced Option

The self-paced option of BU’s online financial planning program is a flexible and convenient way to pursue your CFP® certification.

With our self-paced online financial planning option, you will receive a 21-month subscription to the course. Our comprehensive curriculum can be completed in 12 months with approximately 10 hours a week of effort, depending on your study habits. Designed by Boston University faculty, the self-paced option is fully asynchronous so you can study 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

View the course outline

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


Why choose the self-paced option?

With a convenient, fully asynchronous course curriculum, Boston University’s self-paced option of the online CFP® certification education program is ideal 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
  • Course access for up to 21 months
  • Access to an experienced financial planning tutor via email
  • 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.


For More Information