The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards said Wednesday that it has named the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority one of its Quality Continuing Education (CE) partners, offering CFP professionals nearly 60 CE courses.
The courses, which are available online and in half-credit hour increments, cover topics such as anti-money laundering, communications with the public, cybersecurity and senior investor issues.
The CFP Board currently authorizes more than 77,000 individuals to use these marks in the U.S. Each CFP must complete a minimum of 30 CE hours every two years as part of the requirements for renewal of certification.
The effort is part of FINRA360, a self-evaluation program that FINRA’s CEO Robert Cook announced earlier this year.
FINRA administers CE courses through two programs – the Firm Element and the Regulatory Element.
Courses available for CFP professionals will be offered through the Firm Element program, which requires broker-dealers to establish a formal training program to keep covered registered persons up to date on job- and product-related subjects.
The Regulatory Element program focuses on compliance, regulatory, ethical and sales-practice standards.