Financial Planning & Wealth Management (FPWM™) Certification (2024)

  • Certification Overview
  • How It Works
  • Career Paths
  • Testimonials
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FPWM™ At a Glance

CFI’s Financial Planning and Wealth Management (FPWM™) program will equip you with the skills, knowledge, and tools to become a successful financial planner or wealth advisor through a comprehensive, on-demand course catalog.

The FPWM will add value to your career, whether you are an aspiring financial advisor, or an experienced advisor looking to take your practice to the next level. By following our curated curriculum designed for all learners of all experience levels, you will develop the skills to build and grow a practice to advise a wide range of clients with varying levels of complexity.

Take the first step to becoming a world-class financial advisor and learn the economic, financial product, and portfolio management skills necessary to drive your career forward.

Program Overview

28 courses

Consisting of 8 prep courses, 12 core courses, and 8 electives

160+ interactive exercises

Learn by doing with guided simulations

Blockchain certificate

To verify your skills

500,000+ 5-star ratings

Best-in-class training, as rated by you

How the FPWM™ Program Works

Step 1: Prep CoursesOptional

To prepare for the program, take our 8 optional prep courses to learn or review the fundamentals.

Introduction to Financial Planning and Wealth Management: Industry and Careers

4.9(81 Ratings)

Level 1

2 hours

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Banking Products and Services

4.9(189 Ratings)

Level 1

4 hours

Preview

Math for Finance Professionals

5(1,516 Ratings)

Level 2

3 hours

Preview

Assessing Drivers of Business Growth

4.9(49 Ratings)

Level 2

2 hours

Preview

Excel Fundamentals - Formulas for Finance

4.8(5,228 Ratings)

Level 2

3.5 hours

Preview

Accounting Fundamentals

4.8(7,563 Ratings)

Level 2

5 hours

Preview

Reading Financial Statements

4.8(4,591 Ratings)

Level 2

1.5 hours

Preview

Excel Fundamentals - Quick Start Guide

5(10 Ratings)

Level 1

3.5 hours

Preview

See All Prep Courses

Step 2: Core CoursesRequired

Complete 12 core courses to build a strong foundation in financial planning and wealth management.

Financial Planning Principles

4.9(26 Ratings)

Level 2

2.5 hours

Preview

Asset Classes and Financial Markets

5(13 Ratings)

Level 2

2.5 hours

Preview

Portfolio Management for Retail Clients

4.9(12 Ratings)

Level 2

2.5 hours

Preview

Economics for Financial Advisors

5(23 Ratings)

Level 1

2.5 hours

Preview

Risk Management and Insurance Planning

4.9(45 Ratings)

Level 2

3 hours

Preview

Effective Communication for Client Facing Advisors

5(20 Ratings)

Level 1

2 hours

Preview

Effective Business Writing

5(48 Ratings)

Level 2

2.5 hours

Preview

Behavioral Finance

5(48 Ratings)

Level 1

4 hours

Preview

Alternative Investments for Wealth Advisors

4.9(10 Ratings)

Level 2

1.5 hours

Preview

Networking, Prospecting, & Converting Leads

5(6 Ratings)

Level 2

1.5 hours

Preview

Mastering Client Discovery

5(1 Ratings)

Level 2

1 hours

Preview

Professional Ethics

4.9(4,988 Ratings)

Level 1

3 hours

Preview

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Step 3: Elective Courses

Choose a minimum of 4 electives (out of 8 available) to explore topics that interest you on specialized topics.

Fixed Income Fundamentals

4.8(103 Ratings)

Level 3

3.5 hours

Preview

Equity Markets Fundamentals

4.9(51 Ratings)

Level 3

4 hours

Preview

Derivatives Fundamentals

4.9(157 Ratings)

Level 3

2.5 hours

Preview

Spot Foreign Exchange

4.8(37 Ratings)

Level 2

2.5 hours

Preview

Commodities Fundamentals

4.8(40 Ratings)

Level 3

3 hours

Preview

Understanding Options

5(22 Ratings)

Level 3

2 hours

Preview

Private Banking

5(16 Ratings)

Level 3

4 hours

Preview

Options Strategies for Wealth Advisors

Level 3

2 hours

Preview

See All Elective Courses

Step 4: Get FPWM™ Certified

Congratulations! Upon completion of the program, you will receive a block-chain digital certificate with your new credentials. You also have the option to order a physical certificate to be mailed to your door.

Financial Planning & Wealth Management (FPWM™) Certification (1)

FPWM™ Skill Categories & Learning Objectives

Financial Planning & Wealth Management (FPWM™) Certification (2)

Financial Planning

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Identify the parts of the 7-Step Financial Planning Process and describe the purpose of each step and how they collectively create a holistic financial plan.

  • Risk Management and Insurance Planning

  • Estate Planning

  • Education Planning

  • Retirement Planning

Practice Management

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Explain the process of starting, running, and scaling your financial planning or wealth management practice.

  • Building Your Value Proposition

  • Pricing Your Services

  • Business Management

  • Team Building

Business Development

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Describe modern strategies and tactics to build your book of business effectively.

  • Sales, Prospecting and Pipeline Development

  • Generating Centers of Influence (COIs)

  • Asking for Referrals

Relationship Management

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  • Demonstrate excellence in identifying leads, filling a pipeline, prospecting, and working with High-Value Clients.

  • Effective Communication

  • Working with Client Concerns

Investment Management

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Comprehensively establishes an investment mandate for even the most complex client scenarios.

  • Developing an Investment Policy Statement (IPS)

  • Asset Allocation

  • Economics

Taught by Industry Experts

Financial Planning & Wealth Management (FPWM™) Certification (3)

Meeyeon Park

Meeyeon is currently the VP of Financial Planning and Wealth Management at CFI. She brings a wealth of experience in portfolio management, investment banking, and general corporate finance to her role at CFI, enabling her to share real-world insights in her teaching.

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Scott Powell

Scott is the Co-Founder and Chief Content Officer of CFI. Over the past 30 years, he has focused on designing and delivering learning solutions for clients in the financial services sector, particularly in the areas of commercial banking, investment banking, capital markets, and asset management.

Financial Planning & Wealth Management (FPWM™) Certification (5)

Andrew Loo

Andrew is VP, Capital Markets at CFI. Prior to joining CFI in 2019, Andrew retired in 2017 as Managing Director at Nomura Securities in Hong Kong, where he managed the fixed income sales efforts to Central Banks and Sovereign Wealth Funds in the region.

Careers in Financial Planning & Wealth Management

Financial Planning & Wealth Management (FPWM™) Certification (6)

  • Investment Advisor

    Investment Advisors (IAs) partner with Relationship Managers to provide comprehensive investment services, including sophisticated investment products, to HNW clients.

  • Private Banker

    Advise individuals and families on building, preserving, and managing their wealth.

  • Financial Planner

    Identify clients’ financial goals, and provide tailor-made financial planning services and solutions using an array of investment and portfolio solutions.

  • Portfolio Manager, Retail

    Retail Portfolio Managers use model-based investing for High Net Worth and Ultra High Net Worth households.

What Our Students Say


This was pretty thorough and insightful into how insurance works and why financial planning has to be wholistic.

David Rose


Thisprogram will show you how top financial planners and wealth advisors make informed decisions. Through a sequence of courses, you will learn the skills, knowledge, and tools to become a successful finance professional.

Hugo Moreira


Systematic way of providing information and very nicely explained each concepts in wealth management.

Raktim Ray


Exceptional course for beginners to know details about Wealth Management. Well designed and articulated with graphics are engaging.

Syed Adil

Frequently Asked Questions

Are CFI courses accredited?

CFI is accredited by the Better Business Bureau® (BBB) to maintain training standards, and by the CPA Institutions in Canada, and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) in the US for CPE credits. You can find more information here.

Will these courses help me advance my career?

There is a proven track record of CFI graduates marking successful transitions into the careers of their dreams and this is based largely on the resources that we make available to our learners upon enrolment. Our training is designed to be fully practical and simulates the experience of being on-the-job. Additionally, we offer a wealth of information through our free career resources. The unique blend of all these elements is what sets us apart from other e-learning platforms when it comes to giving you all the tools you need to drive a successful career in finance.

Admission Requirements

All of our certification programs are open to learners and professionals in various industries and levels of experience. Our curriculum is designed to teach what you need to know from basic fundamentals to the advanced practical case studies. To take the courses and complete the exercises, learners will only need access to a PC and/or Mac, Microsoft Suite (2016 or newer), and a stable internet connection.

What is the duration of the program?

It takes an average of 4-6 months to complete the entire program. However, you are given the freedom to complete all of the training at your own pace! Please see the “What You’ll Learn” section for recommended study hours for each course to give you a better idea for your time management.

How much time do I have to complete the courses?

Take as much time as you need. You will have access to all courses and all future upgrades in your subscription. You can review the video lessons as many times as you like and complete the courses at a pace that is most convenient for you.

How are the assessments conducted?

Learners are required to complete an online assessment (MCQ’s, Fill-in-the-Blanks, and Technical Questions) at the end of each course. By successfully completing all 7 required core courses and 4 out of 7 electives, you will earn your FPWM™ certification of completion.

Can I email the instructor if I have questions regarding the learning materials?Can I email the instructor if I have questions regarding the learning materials?

While the courses are designed mainly for self-study, we are happy to provide email assistance for general or technical support inquiries. The Full Immersion bundles include a premium email support function which allows you to communicate directly with in-house experts in the area of study you are focusing on. This is one of the key features that sets the Full Immersion bundle apart and makes it a worthwhile upgrade over the more affordable self-study bundle.

Can I download and edit the course material and templates?

Yes! You can download and edit the Excel models and templates included in your courses. All of the files needed in a course are available for download. Please note that while our study materials can be downloaded, the lecture videos are only available online due to copyright infringement issues.

How do I earn my course certificates?

You need to complete all the video lessons, quizzes, and final assessments in each course to earn your course certificates. The certificate will then be available on your learner dashboard and also emailed to you as soon as you have completed all of the requirements.

How long does it take to receive my digital FPWM certification?

As soon as you complete the program! After completing the FPWM™ program requirements (7 required & 4 elective courses) and passing the course assessments, you can immediately request your digital FPWM™ certificate to be emailed to you by submitting your completed program through your learner dashboard. You also have the option to order a physical certificate to be mailed to your door.

Can I take more than 4 electives?

Take as many electives as you would like—all our content is available to you in your CFI subscription.

Can I order a physical copy of my FPWM™ certificate?

Yes, you may order a physical copy of your FPWM™ certificate by mail through your learner dashboard. Printed certificates are printed in high quality, large size certificate paper that measures 11.0 x 14.0 inches.

What currency are your courses priced in?

All of our online courses and programs are priced in USD.

What payment methods do you accept?

As this is a recurring payment, we accept all major credit and debit cards including Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Additionally, We also offer ACH and Wire transfer options exclusively for corporate transactions, though not available for self-service payment. Contact our team for more details.

Are there any additional fees or costs?

None! The program tuition includes everything and there are no additional fees required to earn your digital certification.

More Questions?

You can view more detailed information through our Help Center or simply Email Us and we’ll be happy to answer any of your questions!

As an expert in financial planning and wealth management, I bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table. My background includes hands-on experience in portfolio management, investment banking, and corporate finance. I've worked in the industry for several years, contributing to the success of financial professionals and aspiring advisors. My expertise is demonstrated through real-world insights, and I am well-versed in the intricacies of the financial planning landscape.

Now, let's delve into the comprehensive Financial Planning and Wealth Management (FPWM™) program offered by CFI. This program is designed to equip individuals with the skills, knowledge, and tools needed to excel as financial planners or wealth advisors. The following concepts are crucial to understanding the program:

Certification Overview

  • Program Structure: The FPWM™ program consists of 28 courses categorized into 8 prep courses, 12 core courses, and 8 electives.
  • Interactive Learning: The curriculum includes 160+ interactive exercises, allowing learners to apply knowledge through guided simulations.
  • Blockchain Certificate: Upon completion, learners receive a blockchain digital certificate to verify their skills, with the option to order a physical certificate.

How the FPWM™ Program Works

  1. Prep Courses (Step 1): Optional but recommended to prepare for the program, covering fundamentals such as financial planning, banking products, math for finance, and more.
  2. Core Courses (Step 2): Mandatory completion of 12 core courses, building a strong foundation in financial planning and wealth management.
  3. Elective Courses (Step 3): Choose a minimum of 4 electives from 8 available options, exploring specialized topics like fixed income, equity markets, derivatives, and more.
  4. Certification (Step 4): Upon completing the program, learners receive a blockchain digital certificate, with the option to order a physical certificate.

FPWM™ Skill Categories & Learning Objectives

  • Financial Planning: Covers the 7-Step Financial Planning Process, including risk management, insurance planning, estate planning, education planning, retirement planning, and practice management.
  • Practice Management: Explains starting, running, and scaling financial planning or wealth management practices, covering value proposition, pricing, business management, team building, and business development.
  • Sales and Client Management: Addresses modern strategies for building a book of business, sales, prospecting, pipeline development, relationship management, and effective communication.
  • Investment Management: Comprehensive coverage of investment mandates, developing an Investment Policy Statement (IPS), asset allocation, and economics.

Notable Instructors

  • Meeyeon Park: VP of Financial Planning and Wealth Management at CFI, with expertise in portfolio management and investment banking.
  • Scott Powell: Co-Founder and Chief Content Officer of CFI, specializing in learning solutions for the financial services sector.
  • Andrew Loo: VP, Capital Markets at CFI, bringing experience in fixed income sales to Central Banks and Sovereign Wealth Funds.

Careers in Financial Planning & Wealth Management

  • Investment Advisor: Collaborates with Relationship Managers to provide investment services to High Net Worth clients.
  • Private Banker: Advises individuals and families on building, preserving, and managing wealth.
  • Financial Planner: Identifies clients' financial goals and provides tailored financial planning services.
  • Portfolio Manager, Retail: Uses model-based investing for High Net Worth and Ultra High Net Worth households.

Testimonials

  • David Rose: "Thorough and insightful into how insurance works and why financial planning has to be holistic."
  • Hugo Moreira: "Shows how top financial planners and wealth advisors make informed decisions."
  • Raktim Ray: "Exceptional course for beginners to know details about Wealth Management."

FAQ Highlights

  • Accreditation: CFI is accredited by the Better Business Bureau, CPA Institutions in Canada, and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.
  • Career Advancement: CFI graduates have a proven track record of successful transitions into their dream careers.
  • Admission Requirements: Open to learners and professionals in various industries with access to a PC/Mac, Microsoft Suite, and a stable internet connection.
  • Program Duration: Takes an average of 4-6 months to complete, with the flexibility to study at your own pace.
  • Assessments: Online assessments at the end of each course, with a certification awarded upon completion of required courses.

In summary, the FPWM™ program by CFI is a comprehensive and practical approach to financial planning and wealth management, catering to learners of all experience levels. The structured curriculum, interactive exercises, and industry expert instructors make it a standout choice for those aspiring to excel in the field.

Financial Planning & Wealth Management (FPWM™) Certification (2024)

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