The CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER is the most highly recognized and respected professional certification among financial service professionals. Employment of personal financial advisors is projected to grow by 32 percent from 2010-2020. CFP® certification is a great way to advance your career. The program is just six courses and takes on average 12 months to complete. Classes are taught in person, meet once per week for three hours and are nine weeks long.


Courses are offered online.

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High CFP® Pass Rates

Our graduates are among the highest CFP® exam pass rates in the nation.

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Long History of Success

The CFP program at Minnesota State University, Mankato was established in 1997. 

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Program Requirements and Classes

The Financial Planning Certificate Program meets the education requirement needed for participants to take the CFP® Certification Examination.


All instructors are experienced financial planning professionals with CFP® certifications, CPA, CLU, ChFC, CFP or J.D. designations.

Course Schedule & Registration

Minnesota State University, Mankato offers different options for meeting the education requirement for CFP® certification. Our 6 course program meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

CFP Program Cost and Materials

Enrollment is limited and taken on a first come, first serve basis. Learn more on course cost and materials needed.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the training or how to register, contact Continuing Education & Professional Development at 507-389-1094, or 1-800-311-3142, or


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