Certification Program FAQ's

Q: How do I become Certified?

A: To obtain your certification, all you need to do is participate in three core courses and one elective course related to one of our 13 certification tracks (https://www.cfpie.com/content/programs.aspx).  Once you complete the four courses, take the corresponding examinations and maintain an average minimum score of 70 percent, CfPIE will issue your certification credentials.

Q: How much does certification cost?

A: The total cost of certification is dictated by which individual courses you select and when you register (per our discount programs). There is no additional charge for certification above the standard course fee.  All of our courses are either two or three days in length.  The two-day courses are $1950 and the three-day are $2650.  There is a $200 discount available per course if you register more than 30 days in advance or register for more than one course at a time.

Q: How can I participate?

A: Simply register for and attend the course, complete the exam and let us know which Certification Track you'd like to be enrolled in.

Q: Where do I take the exams?

A: Exams are made available on-line once the course is over.  We will send you the link to the exams via email on the last day of the course. A history of your training and exams scores will be available when you access your account via our website. Individual course Attendance Certificates can also be printed from your account.

Q: How long is my certification good for?

A: Currently, we do not have an expiration date for our certification programs.

Q: Do I have to complete the Certification Program in a certain amount of time?

A: No, but we suggest completing all four courses in a maximum of two or three years as courses are constantly updated to reflect changes in industry The average time taken to achieve Certification is 18 - 24 months.

Q: If I have already taken a course within the certification curriculum, can I take the test and have it count towards certification?

A: Yes, but only if you took that course within the last twelve months as our course content changes frequently.

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