Certified Financial Planning

The noncredit Certificate in Certified Financial Planning provides the skills and knowledge necessary for obtaining CFP® Certification. Coursework addresses competencies in financial planning, insurance, investment planning, income tax planning, retirement planning, estate planning, and ethics.

  • Schedule & Format

    On average, students take two courses a term, including the summer, to complete the certificate in 18 months.  

    Annual Course Schedule

  • Admission Requirements

    Bachelor's Degree
    Individuals who have completed an undergraduate degree are invited to apply. College seniors who have met program entry requirements are eligible for admission.
    Deadlines 
    Fall: July 1
    Spring: November 1
    Summer: April 1

    Admission Details

  • Tuition

    Estimated Cost of Certificate
    $4,865

    Additional fees may apply, including course materials. Noncredit tuition rates are adjusted annually. 

    Tuition Details

  • Location

    The UVa Academic Center in Falls Church is located at 7054 Haycock Road, and is easily accessible from I-495, I-66, Route 7, and is adjacent to the West Falls Church Metro (orange line).

Who Should Enroll?

The Certificate in Financial Planning is ideal for finance and insurance professionals, attorneys, and career changers with an undergraduate or advanced degree.  The certificate program is registered with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. 

Program Director


Cindy Orshek's experience working with adult learners has been rewarding. She's worked with many students who have been able to gain new skills, advance in their career, and achieve their personal goals by completing a certificate program through SCPS.

Meet Our Faculty

Cindy Orshek

Cindy Orshek

This is a great opportunity to expand your leadership potential and strengthen your overall skill-set.

Student Stories

Our students and alumni can tell you about the impact our degrees and certificates have had on their lives and careers.
Eric Wiegand

Eric Wiegand

High-touch program, quality instructors -- what you would expect from UVa

Eric Wiegand enrolled in the Certificate in Certified Financial Planning because it afforded him the flexibility he needed to balance work, home, and school. Thanks to the program, he passed the CFP exam on the first try.

Fran Marshall

Fran Marshall

Confident and self-assured with the right credentials

Fran Marshall knew she needed additional training to take the next step in her career. Now a finance manager, she credits the Certificate in Accounting with helping her pass the CPA exam.