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Michael holds the CFP® mark, which stands for Certified Financial Planner™. The CFP® designation is awarded to professionals who have completed extensive study and passed a rigorous board exam. It represents the industry’s gold standard for experience, ethics, and personal financial planning. Michael also currently holds a life/health and property/casualty insurance licenses, along with the Series 65 securities license.
The CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, CFP® and federally registered CFP (with flame design) marks (collectively, the “CFP® marks”) are professional certification marks granted in the United States by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (“CFP Board”). It is recognized in the United States and a number of other countries for its (1) high standard of professional education; (2) stringent code of conduct and standards of practice; and (3) ethical requirements that govern professional engagements with clients.
The CFP® certification is a voluntary certification; no federal or state law or regulation, requires completion of one of 300 Registered Academic Programs throughout the country or acceptable professional degree/credential prior to taking the CFP® Certification Examination. A bachelor’s degree (or higher), or its equivalent is required to obtain CFP® certification. At least three years of qualifying full-time work experience or two years of Apprenticeship experience that meets additional requirement, are required for certification.
Applicants for CFP® certification must pass CFP Board’s Fitness Standards for Candidates and Registrants. Upon completion of the above requirements, CFP® candidates pay initial and annual certification fees.
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