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To earn the CFP Certification, all Candidates must successfully complete THREE levels of examination:

  • CFP Certification Examination (Foundation Level)1Please click here for sample examination questions.
  • CFP Certification Examination (Level 1) Please click here for sample examination questions.
  • CFP Certification Examination (Level 2) Please click here for sample examination questions.

The examinations are designed to assess a Candidate's ability in applying the financial planning knowledge and skills learned from the education programs.  Examination questions are based on knowledge, skills and abilities required of financial planners in Hong Kong (For details, please see the Financial Planner Competency Profile Report) and are developed by academics and industry experts to ensure the questions reflect real-world financial planning.  Passing the examinations demonstrate an examinee's proficiency in knowledge, skills and abilities related to financial planning.

All examinations are in the format of multiple choice questions. 


Pre-requisites to the Examinations

The CFP Certification process starts with the Foundation Level Examination.   There is no education pre-requisite for this examination. 

Candidates are eligible to enroll in the Level 1 Examination after they have

  • passed, or are exempted from the Foundation Level Examination; and
  • completed, or are exempted from Course 1, 2 and 3 of the Education Program

 Candidates are eligible to enroll in the Level 2 Examination after they have

  • passed, or are exempted from the Foundation Level Examination; and
  • passed the Level 1 Examination; and
  • completed, or are exempted from Course 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the Education Program


Exemption from the Examinations

Candidates may qualify for exemption from the Foundation Level Examination if they are holders of certain academic or professional credentials2  (e.g. AFP Certification).  Please refer to the lists of Challenge Status for qualifications eligible for the exemption.   

No exemption is allowed for the Level 1 and Level 2 Examination.


Examination Coverage

You are highly recommended to review the Examination Syllabus to get yourself familiarize with the examination topics and weightings. You may also refer to the sample questions to help familiarise yourself with the form and style of questions which you may see in the examinations. 
 

Examination Frequency

CFP Certification Examination (Foundation Level) and CFP Certification Examination (Level 1) will be held FOUR times per year usually in March, June, September and December.

CFP Certification Examination (Level 2) will be held TWO times per year usually in June and December.

You may refer to the Examination Time Schedule for details of upcoming examinations.
 

Grading

All questions in the examination are of equal marks. Each level of the CFP Certification Examinations are graded independently and the result of one level does not affect another. The CFP Certification Examinations are graded PASS or FAIL.  Examinees who are unable to attend the examination will be regarded as ABSENT.
 

Re-examination and Time Limit

Examinees are only required to re-sit the paper which they failed. There is no limit on the maximum number of re-sit examinations that an examinee can take for any one of the papers. Re-sit examinees may enjoy a 40% examination fee reduction3.
 

Examination Results

Examination results are normally available within six weeks after the examination.  A notification email will be sent to examinees to notify them of the release of examination results.

For details of the CFP Certification Examination, you may download the Examination Handbook.

For examination enrolment, you may click HERE.


 

1  Formerly known as the “AFP Certification Examination” (prior to 2014).

2  Candidates must provide proof of the relevant academic or professional credentials.

3  The examination fee reduction is subject to review and change by the IFPHK from time to time.