Financial Plan Development (Capstone)


The Financial Plan Development course serves as the capstone for the Financial Planning Certificate Program. This case-study class structure differs from the traditional lecture class in that you must take a more active role in the learning process. You will be required to complete a hypothetical directed case involving a written comprehensive financial plan and an oral presentation and defense of the comprehensive financial plan. This experience will help you prepare for the CFP Board’s comprehensive exam and serve as a model for application as a professional.

Students are required to attend each online class during the designated timeframe. Please note that classes are not recorded and no make-up classes will be available. 

Who Should Enroll: 
  • Anyone considering a career in financial planning or seeking board certification
  • Accountants, investment advisors and brokers
  • Attorneys, bankers and insurance agents
  • Retirement plan and employee benefits specialists
Learning Outcomes: 
  • Complete financial planning cases related to fundamentals, insurance, investing, taxation, psychology of financial planning, retirement planning and employee benefits, and estate planning topics
  • Develop both basic and complex comprehensive financial plans using the CFP Board’s six-step financial planning process
  • Complete individual and group work and participate in the presentation of a comprehensive financial plan

Successful completion of all six Financial Planning core courses.

Students who satisfy the CFP Board’s education requirements through the possession of an existing professional credential or an approved academic degree may be eligible to enroll in the Financial Plan Development (Capstone) course by taking advantage of the CFP Board’s “Accelerated Path” program. For more information on Challenge Status and eligibility, please visit the CFP Board website.​


Continuing Education Hours: 
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards: 4.5 CE
Applies Towards Certificates:
Textbook Information: 

All courses in the Certified Financial Planning program are based on the most recent textbook edition available from the publisher. Contact our office if you have any questions regarding book editions or ordering. Students are encouraged to purchase books early in order to have them for the first week of class.


Book 7: Financial Planning Case Studies, Kaplan Financial

Financial calculator.  One of the following is recommended: HP 17BII+, HP10BII, HP12C, TI BA 11 Plus, EL 738C

Supplementary Material:

Financial Planning Practice Standards

Materials from your previous financial planning courses

For withdrawal, transfer and refund information, see Policy Code D.