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CFP® Professional Membership

FPA CFP® Professional Membership is for CFP® professionals who actively practice or support financial planning in the U.S. regardless of practice type or compensation method.

The Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) works in partnership with academic leaders, regulatory and legislative bodies, financial service firms and consumer interest groups to advance the practice and profession of financial planning. Our unique resources and nationwide network of chapters provide CFP® professionals with the knowledge and community they need to succeed and grow.

If you are a CFP® Candidate or CFP® Certificant Student, or International CFP® professional visit our Other Memberships Section.

Allied Professional Membership

The Allied Professional Membership is for those who deliver personal financial services to the public or support financial planners in their practice.

For additional membership options, including Full-time Student, Faculty, and Member Emeritus,
visit our Other Memberships Section.

Other FPA Memberships Available

CFP® Candidate

A candidate for CFP® certification who has applied to CFP Board to take the CFP® Certification
Examination, but who has not yet met all of CFP Board’s certification requirements. Members may hold this membership type for a maximum of 3 years.

CFP® Certificant Student

For students who are enrolled in a CFP Board certificate program with the ultimate interest of pursuing a career as a CFP® Professional. Members may only hold this membership type for a maximum of 2 years.


For academics who teach full-time in a CFP Board registered degree program, certificate program, or a related finance or business high school or degree program with the ultimate interest of supporting students who wish to pursue financial planning as a career.

Full-time Student

For students who are enrolled in a full-time graduate or undergraduate, finance or business-related degree program with the ultimate interest of pursuing a financial planning career. Members may only hold this membership type for a maximum of 4 years.

International CFP® Professional

For international financial planners with global CFP® certification from the Financial Planning Standards Board. (FPA Chapter membership is not a benefit.)

Member Emeritus

Retired planners whose primary profession was financial planning. Available for members who have reached full retirement age (as defined by SSA) and, if employed as a business professional, work less than an average of 20 hours per week calculated on an annual basis.

Group Membership

Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) Group Membership

FPA Group Membership is an an easy and efficient way for firms of less than 300 employees to manage multiple individual FPA memberships through one centralized point. Group membership offers a single consolidated invoice, and discounts.

When you enroll as an FPA Group Member, your firm will benefit from discounted access to FPA membership and national conferences. You’ll also gain access to valuable practice management resources, continuing education and professional development to support your firm’s success.

Group membership enables firms to streamline managing multiple individual FPA memberships for employees and save with an exclusive 15% off individual membership fees.

Enroll your firm as an FPA Group Member for $250 annually and receive:

  • 15% off individual dues*
  • 10% off FPA national conferences (FPA® Annual Conference and FPA Retreat)
  • Recognition at FPA Annual Conference
  • Reduce administrative paperwork through a single annual invoice for all members of your organization
  • Exclusive use of FPA's Group Member logo
  • Plus each individual member enrolled will receive all of the benefits of individual FPA membership

Contact an FPA Membership representative by emailing or calling (800) 322-4237, Option 2.


*Discounts valid for CFP® Professional and Allied Professional membership categories only. Not valid with any other offer, promotion, or discount.

Institutional Memberships

Institutional Membership

Institutional Membership offers access to the right people through multi-faceted opportunities - from elite partner positioning to direct access to our 24,000+ financial planning professionals. Leverage your membership to raise your organization's profile, market your products and services, and connect with the most influential names in the profession. See FPA's Partner Kit to learn more about our entire list of partner opportunities.

Benefits include:

  • Logo recognition on FPA's Institutional Membership Directory
  • Up to 15 complimentary individual FPA memberships, and 15% off additional memberships
  • Access to leadership contact information for each of FPA's 93 local chapters
  • Referrals for speaking opportunities at the local chapter level
  • Access to exhibit at FPA conferences and events including Major Firms
  • Access to online educational opportunities including sponsored webinars
  • Ability to purchase email advertisements
  • Use of the FPA membership mailing list
  • Membership recognition in the Journal of Financial Planning
  • Opportunity to post content to FPA's White Paper Library
  • Use of the FPA Institutional Member logo
  • Discounted advertising rates in the Journal of Financial Planning
  • Sponsorship opportunities exclusively designed for Institutional Members

*Institutional Members may also receive promotion in FPA's Member Advantage Program


View the list of current Institutional Members.

For current Institutional Members: