CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER, (CFP) - The CFP® and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification marks are the most recognized financial planning marks in the world. Unlike an educational designation offered by a college or university, CFP® certification is based on independently established public interest standards. As a result, it prepares the CFP® for a career-long commitment to meeting the ever-changing needs of clients.
CFP Board's CFP® certification process consists of initial requirements in the areas of Education, Examination, Experience and Ethics (known as "the four Es"). Applicants for certification must also have a bachelor's degree (or higher), or its equivalent, in any discipline, from an accredited college or university in order to obtain CFP® certification. Once they have successfully met the requirements and completed the initial certification process, they need to continue ongoing education and disclosure requirements to maintain CFP® certification, which ensures the CFP® are constantly challenged to be the top professionals in their field.
CERTIFIED DIVORCE FINANCIAL ANALYST, (CDFA) - A Certified Divorce Financial Analyst looks at the division of assets in a future sense. It may very well look equitable today but once the numbers are tallied and the CDFA applies other factors such as inflation, cost of living, taxes, retirement, and any other increased or decreased factors, the outcome may look very different. A CFDA examines the FINANCIAL issues of a divorce and provides you and your lawyer with powerful data to support your case.