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CFP - Financial Plan Development Course


This Capstone course is approved by the CFP Board of Standards, Inc. to satisfy the Financial Plan Development Course requirement. It is a comprehensive course where students will be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the CFP(r) Certification Education Program toward the preparation, implementation and delivery of a financial plan.


Upon completion, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the content found within the Financial Planning curriculum and effectively apply and integrate this information in the formulation of a financial plan.
  • Effectively communicate the financial plan, both orally and in writing, including information based on research, peer, colleague, or simulated client interaction and/or results emanating from synthesis of material.
  • Collect all necessary and relevant qualitative and quantitative information required to develop a financial plan.
  • Analyze personal financial situation, evaluating clients' objectives, needs, and values to develop an appropriate strategy within the financial plan.
  • Demonstrate logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches to a specific problem.
  • Evaluate the impact of economic, political and regulatory issues with regard to the financial plan.
  • Apply the CFP Board Financial Planning Practice Standards to the financial planning process.


  • Class 1 (3 hours)
    • Introductions and expectations
    • Review Fundamentals of Financial Planning and Insurance Planning
    • Using the Financial Planning Process to develop and present a financial plan
    • Introduction to planning software
  • Class 2 (3 hours)
    • Review Investment Planning and Tax Planning
    • Case: Recently Married - David & Julia Motschall with 2 full plans
  • Class 3 (3 hours)
    • Review Retirement Planning and Estate Planning
    • Case: Young Couple - Wei and Chunping Hsu
  • Class 4 (3 hours)
    • Case: Mid-Life Career Changes - Eric and Kathy Redding
  • Class 5 (3 hours)
    • Case: Retirement/College Funding - Aamil and Charise Obeng
  • Class 6 (3 hours)
    • Case: Widow - Judy Cameron
  • Class 7 (3 hours)
    • Case: Retiring Executives - Naresh and Vanita Agarwal
  • Class 8 (3 hours)
    • Case: Terminally Ill - Carlos and Paquita Lopez
  • Class 9 (3 hours)
    • Case: Harriett Longo
  • Class 10 (3 hours)
    • Case: Same Sex Couple - Aron Goldin and Eric Schroeder
  • Class 11 (3 hours) and Class 12 (3 hours)
    • Group Planning
    • Define Relationship
    • Gather Data
    • Analyze
    • Recommendations
    • Implementation
    • Monitoring
  • Class 13 (3 hours) and Class 14 (3 hours)
    • Group Presentations
  • Class 15 (3 hours)
    • Review and Wrap Up: The Process



Completion of CFP Certification Curriculum (CFE 8001, 8002, 8003, 8004, 8005, 8006) or Department Approval.

Method of Instruction



This course is evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis. Students (individually or in a group) will be evaluated on the development and presentation of a financial plan, through an Assessment Rubric.