Certified Financial Planning Certificate

The noncredit Certified Financial Planning Certificate 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

    • Part Time
    • Face-to-Face in Falls Church, with some online courses
    • 7 Noncredit Courses
    On average, students take two courses a term, including the summer, to complete the Certified Financial Planning Certificate in 18 months.  

    Annual Course Schedule

  • 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).

  • Admission Requirements

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

    Admission Details

  • Tuition

    Estimated Cost of Certificate

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

    This program is not eligible for financial aid.

    Tuition Details

Who Should Enroll?

The Certified Financial Planning Certificate 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. 


Jim Simos tends to downplay his considerable experience.  “I like to tell people I have a diversified business background,” he says. “But what that really means is that I have had four or five unrelated careers.”  Regardless of how you count, Simos’ background adds up to a big plus for students in the Certified Financial Planning preparatory certificate program. 

Meet Our Faculty

Jim Simos

Jim Simos

By teaching financial planning, I'm giving my students the opportunity to similarly impact their clients’ lives.

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.

Louise and Vann Van Diepen

Louise and Vann Van Diepen

Exploring the possibilities in financial planning

Louise Van Diepen intends to work as a financial planner, perhaps on a pro bono basis. She was inspired by a conversation with a fee-only financial planner helping her niece and nephew better manage a bequest. “She made the point that as a financial planner, you can really make a difference in people’s lives,” Van Diepen says. “I was intrigued.”