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CFP® Certification

What is CFP® Certification?

Guide to CFP® Certification:  http://www.cfp.net/become/certification.asp.

What is CFP® Certification Exam?

To learn more about the CFP® Certification Exam:  http://www.cfp.net/become/examdetails.asp

Do I have to have a bachelor's degree to sit for the CFP® Certification Exam?

To learn more about the education requirement for CFP® Certification Exam:  http://www.cfp.net/become/education.asp

Does Metropolitan Community College certify individuals to use the CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and marks?

MCC does not certify individuals to use the the CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and marks. Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and , which it awards to individuals who successfully complete initial and ongoing certification requirements.


What is the cost of each course?

Please go to the tuition page.

Are texts/supplies included in the cost of tuition?

No, books must be purchased separately.


What courses comprise MCC's Financial Planning Program?

Please go to the Courses page. There you also will find links to specific course information and syllabi.

How long do courses last?

Courses offered on-campus (quarter system) run for 11 weeks. Courses offered online (semester system) run for 14 weeks.

How often are courses offered?

Courses are offered on-campus as well as online at least one time each year. For a current listing of course offerings:  http://www.mccneb.edu/schedule/classschedule.asp. For a current academic calendar:  http://www.mccneb.edu/calendar.asp.

How many courses should I take at one time?

If you are a working professional with personal and professional obligations, we do not recommend that you take more than one financial planning course at a time as these are intensive courses requiring significant time dedicated to reading, research, and paper/project compilation.

How long will it take me to complete the program?

By taking one course each semester (online) or quarter (on-campus), you will be able to complete the financial planning curriculum over a period of one to two years.

Are courses self-paced?

Courses are not self-paced. Assignments are due weekly in most courses.

How were course objectives and curricula developed?

Course objectives and curricula are based on the Topic List for CFP® Certification

Examination.  (CFP Topics List)

Does MCC offer a CFP® Certification Exam review course?

MCC does not offer an exam review course. However, after completing the required curriculum -prior to setting for the CFP® Certification Examination, students are strongly encouraged to complete an exam review course. The College for Financial Planning offers the following courses/course review materials:


As a student participating in MCC's Financial Planning, what degree/certificate should I seek?

The Certificate program is suited toward those who already hold a bachelor's degree. If you would like a degree, then you should complete the Associate Degree program.

The difference between them are the general education courses required for the degree.


Who are the faculty and what are their credentials?

To obtain a current listing of faculty:  http://www.mccneb.edu/financialplanning/facultymembers.asp

Online/Alternative Learning

How does the online-alternative learning environment work?

For information about online learning, please visit the e-Learning website

Do online and on-campus courses cover the same material?

Yes, online courses and on-campus courses cover the same curriculum with the same course requirements. The only difference is the length of the course (on-campus, 11 weeks; online, 14 weeks).

Can international students participate in online courses?

Yes, online courses are open to foreign students who qualify for enrollment at Metropolitan Community College. International students site

Phone Numbers

Whom do I call for...

Go to the Staff Directory


How do I register for courses?

Please go to the registration page.

How do I apply to the Financial Planning Program?

As an "open-enrollment" campus, a formal program application is not necessary. To participate in the Financial Planning Program, all you need to do is register for a course. To register for a course:  Register

How do I drop a class?

Unless you contact Student Services, you may continue to be enrolled in the course. You may drop classes until a specific date each quarter/semester. Note, if your name remains on the class list and you do not attend classes, several negative consequences can occur:

  1. You may receive an "F" or Instructor Withdrawal "IW" grade
  2. You will receive no tuition refund for the class
  3. You may need to apply for Reinstatement

More Adding And Dropping Information

Add/Drop Information

What is an Instructor Withdrawal (IW)?

An instructor Withdrawal (IW) is used to remove a student from a course who is not making satisfactory academic progress in completing the course or if the student has had excessive absences from a class (on-campus).

Texts & Course Syllabi

How do I obtain texts/supplies?

You can order your texts directly from MCC online at: http://www.mccneb.edu/bookstore.asp. Books can also be obtained from the various publishers. Please note, students are responsible for obtaining the correct edition of each text.

How can I get a course syllabus?

Course syllabi are available at the courses page. Please note, syllabi do change each quarter/semester; therefore, it is not advised for students who are not enrolled in the course to work ahead prior to the commencement of the course.

Transfer Credit

Can I receive transfer credit for courses previously taken at other institutions?

To have transcripts reviewed for the possibility of transfer credit, official transcripts must be mailed to the Central Records Office at MCC from your former college, university or other institution of higher learning. For more information regarding transcript evaluation:  http://www.mccneb.edu/academics/transcripts.asp.

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and , which it awards to individuals who successfully complete initial and ongoing certification requirements. Metropolitan Community College does not certify individuals to use the CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and marks.

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