PFP Accelerated Online Certificate

CFPThis rigorous online certificate program is designed for financial professionals with relevant work experience and credentials who are preparing for CFP® Certification. The 6-course curriculum is comprised of five core courses covering the major disciplines of financial planning and the required Financial Plan Development capstone course. 

The instructor-led online courses blend live, web-based sessions with online discussion boards, assignments, and testing. Each course is scheduled over a 4-week period and include two 3-hour live sessions conducted online each week. The weekly online live sessions are scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-6pm Pacific Standard Time. Students are highly encouraged to attend the live sessions, but they also are recorded for later viewing. Students are provided a two week window between courses to pre-study materials for the next course. The required curriculum can be completed within nine months.

All candidates completing the program are awarded a certificate that bears the gold seal of the University of California and is signed by the Dean of UCLA Extension.

Certificate Curriculum

Five Core Courses 

X 430.511 Financial Planning Process and Insurance
X 430.512 Investment Planning
X 430.513 Income Tax Planning
X 430.514 Retirement Planning
X 430.515 Estate Planning

Capstone Course 

X430.516 Financial Plan Development and Presentation Course

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Program Schedule

The Accelerated Online Certificate program is offered three times per year in conjunction with the March, July, and November CFP® Examination dates. Each program cycle is scheduled to end approximately 8-10 weeks prior to the exam, providing students ample time to prepare and study for the exam, and to also enroll in the CFP® Review course. 

Next Program: Set to begin April 14 (X430.511 – Financial Planning Process & Insurance)

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Program Instructors

Linda Hewitt, CFP®, CRPC

Michael Hausknost, CFP®

Patricia Hausknost, CFP®

Cody Forbush, CFP®

Bruce Gekko, CFP®


Certificate Requirements

Students must: 

Recommended Prerequisites 

A four year degree (any major) is recommended since this is a requirement for CFP Certification. Students should also have 3 year’s work experience in investment, banking, insurance or financial planning is recommended or 3-year’s experiences as a CPA®, Attorney, CFA®, CLU, or ChFC. A Series 7 license is also highly recommended.

Transfer of Courses

A maximum of two courses can be transferred into this certificate program. Courses must be equivalent in course content and unit value to be eligible, and must have been taken within the last five years.  Course requirements will not be waived based on previous work experience.

Study Materials

Once enrolled (usually 2-3 weeks before the start of class), students are provided specific instructions on what to read and study before the first class meeting.  In-class online materials are also provided to students and are included in the cost of the program.
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Courses in this program have been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit by the State Bar of California and may also be applied toward the State of California‘s continuing professional education (CPE) requirement for the licensure of Certified Public Accountants. 

Available Discounts

course discounts are available to FPA and CalCPA members as well as to  certain employers or companies, please call 310-206-1689 for further details. View additional discounts

Articulation Agreement – California Lutheran University

UCLA Extension has established an articulation agreement with California Lutheran University’s California Institute of Finance. Cal Lutheran will accept up to 15 units (five courses) from this certificate program as credit towards their Master of Business Administration in Financial PlanningFor more details on the articulation, click here or contact Cindy Grether, Program Manager at the School of Management, at or (888) 372-4155.


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