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Certified Financial Planning

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Personal Financial Advisors earn a median annual salary of $87,850, with projected job growth of 17% through 2030.

Financial Advisors and Planners are accredited by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board), which ensures that advisors and planners meet strict educational, professional and ethical requirements. While accreditation under the CFP Board is not always required to work as a Financial Advisor or Planner, it vastly improves professional opportunities for those holding the certification, either by itself or along with other certifications, such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Misericordia University, in a partnership with LCM Consortium and Rize Education, offer the certified financial planning specialization to provide students with expertise in high-growth areas in which employers are searching for talent.

Learn How to Be a Certified Financial Planner

James J. Pierson, Dean of Misericordia University's College of Business, talks with Ralph A. Capristo '10, Partner and Certified Financial Planner (CFP) at Forthwright Wealth Planning, about his career path and how to become a CFP.

Choose From a Variety of Career Options

Personal Financial Planner
Client Services Advisor
Associate Advisor
Wealth Management Advisor
Financial Analyst
Portfolio Manager

Why Certified Financial Planning?

  • This program fulfills all education requirements for the CFP Board Examination.
  • This program makes you eligible/readies you to sit the CFP Exam for Certification. 

Numbers You Need to Know


Financial Managers earn a median annual salary


Financial Managers Job Growth through 2030 (over double average)

90%Percentage of consumers that view an advisor's certification as important


Personal Financial Advisors median annual salary


First-time, full-time undergraduate students receive financial aid in the form of grants and scholarships


Percentage of consumers that prefer an advisor who has passed a certification exam and rigorous education program