PFP Evening/Online Certificate


This traditional eight-course certificate program is ideal for individuals who are considering a career transition into the financial planning profession or for current financial professionals who wish to expand their knowledge and career prospects. The program fully meets the educational component for CFP® Certification, covering the topics that form the basis for the examination.

Students must successfully complete all eight courses in the certificate program as well as the one-day seminar, Ethics in Personal Financial Planning, which can be taken at any time during the program.   Students can complete the required curriculum within approximately two years of study.

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

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Introductory Courses (may be taken concurrently)

X 430.31 Survey of Personal Financial Planning
X 430.391 Financial Analysis in Personal Financial Planning

Core Courses (may be taken in any order, though below is recommended order)

X 430.32 Investments in Personal Financial Planning
X 430.35 Insurance in Personal Financial Planning
X 430.33 Income Taxation in Personal Financial Planning
X 427.904 Pension and Other Retirement Benefit Plans
X 439.3 Estate Planning

Capstone Course (Prerequisite: successful completion of all other seven courses in the certificate) 

 X 430.38 Personal Financial Planning Capstone

Ethics Requirement (may be taken at any time during the program)

833.379 Ethics in Personal Financial Planning

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Certificate Requirements

Students must: 

  • Submit an Application for Candidacy with a non-refundable application fee of $200.  Students are recommended to enroll in the certificate program after completing the two introductory courses in the program.
  • Complete all eight required courses for a total of 32 quarter units.
  • Receive a minimum 2.5 GPA or better for courses completed in the certificate.
  • Complete the 833.379 Ethics in Personal Financial Planning course, which may be taken at any time during the program
  • Complete within five years all of the required courses.  For students planning to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination, it is recommended that the program be completed within a two-year time period.
PFP Certificate Survival Guide

Recommended Prerequisites 

There are no academic prerequisites required for this certificate; however, students are encouraged to have general knowledge of accounting principles, business economics, and statistics prior to enrolling. 

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.  If courses were taken beyond this time period, students may be allowed to take alternative courses in consultation with the Certificate Programs Advisor.  Course requirements will not be waived based on previous work experience.

Available Discounts

Course discounts are available to FPA and CalCPA members as well as to local companies. View additional discounts

Joseph G. Devanney Scholarship

The Joseph G. Devanney Scholarship Fund is awarded each academic quarter to offset course fees for the X430.38 Personal Financial Planning Capstone course (classroom or online). Learn more


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. 

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. View flyer

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