The Bergland Wealth Management team is comprised of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals, a select group of planners who have fulfilled rigorous educational and ethical requirements.
A CFP® certification means a financial advisor has agreed to adhere to the principles of integrity, objectivity, confidentiality, professionalism, and diligence when working with clients. The process to obtain the certification includes demonstrating key standards known as the “four E’s:”education, examination, experience, and ethical requirements.
- Education: A bachelor’s degree is required as well as successfully completing a college-level program of study in personal financial planning, including completion of a financial plan development (capstone) course registered with CFP Board.
- Examination: After completing the education requirement, candidates may begin the examination step. The exam consist of two 3-hour sessions separated by a scheduled 40-minute break.
- Experience: CFP Board requires you to have three years of professional experience in the financial planning process, or two years of apprenticeship experience that meets additional requirements.
- Ethics: After completing the above the requirements, candidates must agree to adhere to the high standards of ethics and practice outlined in CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct and to acknowledge CFP Board’s right to enforce them through its Disciplinary Rules and Procedures. The Board’s Code of Ethics includes: Integrity, Objectivity, Competence, Fairness, Confidentiality, Professionalism, and Diligence.
CFP® professionals receive education training in the following categories:
- General Principles of Financial Planning
- Insurance Planning
- Investment Planning
- Income Tax Planning
- Retirement Planning
- Estate Planning
- Interpersonal Communication
- Professional Conduct and Fiduciary Responsibility
Once certified by the CFP Board, CFP® professionals are held to the highest of standards in terms of ethics and responsibility. All practitioners must abide by a strict code of professional conduct and ethical responsibilities. Additionally, they must complete 30 hours of continuing education every two years to stay current with financial planning developments and best practices.
We believe it’s important for clients to trust their financial advisor and working with a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional may provide an added sense of security due to the training received under the CFP® certification. If you’re interested in learning more, please visit www.letsmakeaplan.org.