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Certified Financial Planner

Certified Financial Planner, CFP® Certificate Program

The Northwestern University Certified Financial PlannerTM program offers multiple CFP-Board-approved classes to fit your work/lifestyle. We have designed each program to meet your needs, whether you are a career changer or longtime planning professional. Participants who pass all required courses will receive a certificate of completion from Northwestern University, one of the world’s top universities, which they can proudly display on their wall and share with their clients.

Registration for Summer 2018 is now open:


About Certified Financial Planner

Is financial planning the right career for you?

Hear from CFP® professionals about their career paths and the rewards of being a Certified Financial Planner™.

On-Campus Program: Weeknight

Online Programs: Instructor Led and Self-Paced

CFP® Exam Review

Northwestern University School of Professional Studies has selected The Dalton Review® as the exclusive review for our CFP® certification education programs. The Dalton Review provides students with a high quality curriculum and is led by outstanding faculty. To learn more, visit our CFP® Exam Review page.

CFP® Program Courses

Courses range from introductory to specific areas of focus. Explore all of them on the CFP® Program Courses page for detail on the program's offerings.

CFP® Program Faculty

Instructors for this program have a range of expertise, specializations and work experience. Read about their qualifications on our CFP® Program Faculty page.

CFP® in the News

News Release


Chicago, December 18, 2017 – Northwestern University School of Professional Studies in Chicago has maintained registration with Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. (CFP Board) to provide a financial planning certificate program. An independent certifying organization, CFP Board owns the CFP® and Certified Financial Planner™ certification marks, which it awards to individuals who meet its education, examination, experience, ethics and other requirements. Students completing the financial planning program at Northwestern University School of Professional Studies will have met the Education requirement for CFP® Certification Examination administered by CFP Board.

Certified Financial Planner ™ and federally registered CFP® (with flame logo) are certification marks owned by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. Northwestern University does not certify individuals to use the CFP®, Certified Financial Planner™; and marks. CFP® certification is granted solely by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. to individuals who, in addition to completing an educational requirement such as this CFP Board-Registered Program, have met ethics, experience and examination requirements.

CFP® Program Tuition and Financial Aid

Complete details about tuition can be found on the CFP® Program Tuition and Financial Aid page.

CFP® Career Options

Read more on the CFP® Career Options page.

Find out more about Northwestern's Certified Financial Planner Program

Contact SPS Enrollment Advisors

SPS Enrollment Advisors at Northwestern University School of Professional Studies can be a resource to you for inquiries regarding our certificate programs. 

CFP® Program Core Courses

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