CFP® Certification Education Program (Online & In-Class)

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The CFP® Certification Education Program is designed to help professionals in the financial services industry learn the fundamentals of building a comprehensive financial plan. This program is the first step towards CFP® certification with the Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC).



The CFP® Certification Education Program at Ashton College is offered in partnership with Advocis and is an FPSC-accredited Core Curriculum program.


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Overview Admission Requirements Program Formats and Duration Upcoming Dates Course Descriptions Technical Requirements Fees

There is an increasing demand for qualified professional financial planners. The financial needs and objectives of individuals are complex and are best met by applying expertise in areas such as investment strategies, retirement planning, estate planning, insurance and taxation. This program fulfils the educational requirements for the CFP Certification and teaches financial planners how to best assist their clients while adhering to high ethical standards.

Ashton’s CFP® Certification Education Program is offered in partnership with Advocis and is an FPSC-accredited Core Curriculum program delivered in the evenings to accommodate the schedule of working professionals. Our faculty consists of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® professionals who are active practitioners with the knowledge and experience to guide you through the each of the four core curriculum courses.

Path to CFP® Certification

There are three routes to CFP certification and FPSC Level 1 Certification in Financial Planning. All candidates must follow the Standard Route (outlined in the presentation below) unless they hold relevant financial planning qualifications or other relevant professional qualifications that make them eligible for exemptions. Mobile users, please click here to view, or full-screen the presentation below.

All information provided by the FPSC – Be a Planner.

The Standard

CFP® certification is the most widely recognized financial planning designation in Canada and is considered the standard for the profession, representing the highest level of competence, ethics and practice. Along with providing clients peace of mind, there are compensation benefits to certification: CFP® professionals often earn more than those who are not certified, and 65% earn more than $100,000 per year.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. A minimum of a high school diploma, 19 years or older at the start of the applicant’s program or course; and
  2. English Language Proficiency Requirements (please see Policy 1002).

For more details, please see our Admissions Policy (Policy 1001).


This program is delivered in-class from our Vancouver campus.


  • CFP-241: 24 hours of instruction, a total of 8 sessions;
  • CFP-242: 30 hours of instruction, a total of 10 sessions;
  • CFP-243: 24 hours of instruction, a total of 8 sessions;
  • CFP-244: 24 hours of instruction, a total of 8 sessions.


  • CFP 241 (Financial Planning Foundations): January 8, 2019 – February 26, 2019
    • Classes are held on Tuesdays, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
  • CFP 242 (Taxation and Investment Planning): March 5, 2019 – May 7, 2019
    • Classes are held on Tuesdays, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
  • CFP 243 (Retirement Income Planning): January 16, 2019 – March 6, 2019
    • Classes are held on Wednesdays, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
  • CFP 244 (Insurance and Estate Planning): March 13, 2019 – May 1, 2019
    • Classes are held on Wednesdays, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

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CFP 241: Financial Planning Foundations

This course introduces the fundamentals of personal financial planning. Students will acquire an understanding of the concepts and applications associated with financial calculations and the analysis of personal financial statements. In addition, the course includes an analysis of government-sponsored programs, such as Registered Education Savings Plans and Tax-Free Savings Accounts. This course concludes with a discussion on the fundamentals of economics and investing as they relate to key areas of financial planning.


  • M1: The Financial Services Industry and Planning Fundamentals;
  • M2: Financial Statements and Budgeting;
  • M3: Government Benefits and Programs;
  • M4: Time Value of Money;
  • M5: Economics and Investment Fundamentals.

CFP 242: Taxation and Investment Planning

This course begins with an introduction to basic income tax laws, followed by a more advanced study of tax planning in the context of both personal and business situations. Students will gain an in-depth knowledge of various business structures and will evaluate those structures from a legal, tax, and financial planning perspective. Additionally, the course includes a thorough discussion of investment products, including investments in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, exchange traded funds, and segregated funds, as well as the application of those products in various investment strategies.


  • M6: Personal Income Tax Reporting;
  • M7: Tax Applications;
  • M8: Business and Organizational Structures;
  • M9: Investment Products;
  • M10: Investment Planning and Analysis.

CFP 243: Retirement Income Planning

This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the principles and applications related to retirement income planning. Students will develop an in-depth knowledge of government benefit programs, such as the Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security, as well as employer-sponsored registered plans, such as defined benefit and defined contribution pension plans. Finally, the course provides a comprehensive analysis of Registered Retirement Savings Plans and Registered Retirement Income Funds within the context of retirement planning and establishing retirement goals and objectives.


  • M11: Government Retirement Benefit Plans;
  • M12: Registered Pension Plans;
  • M13: Registered Retirement Savings Plans;
  • M14: Retirement Income;
  • M15: Retirement Planning.

CFP 244: Insurance and Estate Planning

This course begins with legal fundamentals and the basics of family law, including the implications of relationship breakdown, support obligations and title to property. Risk management fundamentals are discussed in the context of life, living benefits, and property and casualty insurance. Students will gain a working knowledge of the advantages, disadvantages and income tax implications of various insurance products. The course concludes with an estate planning discussion, including the use of trusts, wills, powers of attorney, and concepts and principles related to the taxation of a deceased taxpayer.


  • M16: Legal Fundamentals and Family Law;
  • M17: Risk Management and Insurance Fundamentals;
  • M18: Life Insurance and Living Benefits;
  • M19: Estate Planning.

All Students

Please note the FPSC Approved Calculator Policy. The approved calculator models are:

  • Casio (FC-200V);
  • Hewlett Packard (HP10B / HP10BII / HP10bII+ / HP10BLL (or 11) + financial calculator);
  • Sharp (EL-733 A / EL-738-C (packaging notes the model name as EL-738C) / EL-738FC / EL-738S / EL-738F);
  • Texas Instruments (TI BAII / TI BAII+ / TI BA II Plus Professional / TI30 XA).

Please visit the FPSC website for more details about the FPSC Approved Calculator Policy.

The registration fee for these courses is the following:

  • CFP 241: $450* per course;
  • CFP 242: $495* per course;
  • CFP 243: $450* per course;
  • CFP 244: $450* per course.

* Does not include the cost of all required materials and/or textbooks in the registration fee.