Fundamentals of Financial Planning


Fundamentals of Financial Planning introduces you to the financial planning process and to the technical skills a competent financial planner must possess in order to serve clients successfully. Learn the fundamental elements of financial planning (insurance, investments, taxation, retirement planning and employee benefits, and estate planning) and their corresponding interrelationship in providing comprehensive personal financial planning. This course also explores the financial planning industry including the current economic environment, regulation and licensing, reporting and compliance, and compensation methods and also defines and reviews the CFP Board of Standards Code of Ethics.

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: 
  • How to develop a financial planning practice, including the current economic environment, regulation and licensing, reporting and compliance, and compensation methods
  • How to define, review and apply the CFP Board Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility

A bachelor's degree in any discipline from an accredited college or university must be completed either before you pass the CFP® exam, or within five years after you pass it.

Continuing Education Hours: 
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards: 3.6 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.


Personal Financial Planning Series: Theory and Practice, Kaplan Financial

Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct , CFP Board

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

Optional Supplemental Textbook:

Schweser Review Volume I: Fundamentals, Kaplan Financial

Additional Information: 

Insurance Professionals: 

Completing this class earns 3.6 continuing education credits as required by the Texas Department of Insurance.

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