Certificate in Certified Financial Planning
University of Virginia

Program Details

The Certified Financial Planning Certificate from the University of Virginia prepares students for the CFP Board exam. On average, students take two courses per term, including the summer, to complete the certificate in 18 months. Courses are delivered in a flexible online format so students can complete coursework around their personal and professional obligations.  

Personal financial planners assess the financial needs of individuals and assist them with investments, tax laws, and insurance decisions.  Financial planners help their clients identify and plan for short-term and long-term goals. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for financial analysts is expected to grow 16 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Financial planners will be needed to assist the millions of workers expected to retire over the next decade.

The most common employers of finance professionals with the CFP credential range from finance and insurance companies, including securities and commodity brokers, banks, insurance carriers, and financial investment firms. Other industries that graduates typically enter are wealth management firms, pension funds, and Registered Investment Advisers.

Learning Pace


Learning Schedule


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100% Online

School Accreditation & Licensing

University of Virginia is accredited by:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Associate Degree

Application Requirements

Official College Transcript(s)