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CFP preparation??? vs CFA

I was wondering if anyone pursued  CFP certification either after or before receiving/pursuing CFA charter?

CFP test/process…..level of difficulty vs CFA exams,  does CFP have a lot of overlapping information with CFA charter…especially level 3,  best prep services..best approach to prepare for CFP….I am under the assumption that just completing the CFA will make the exam preparation process easier because CFA curriculum is still somewhat fresh?  anyones thoughts experience is welcome!!

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CFP is easy and took me about 25 hours of studying… They require 6 courses which I pass self study once a week (not included in the 25 hours). You csn exempt yourself from 2-3 of the courses if you have CFA. A 7th class (called the capstone) requires a video and written recommendation which cannot be done self-study so you have to go at the online professor’s pace. After that, you can sit for the exam, which is held 3 times per year. Its computer multi choice and you find out if you pass immediately. I used Kaplan self study for the required courses. Alternatively you can do in person classes or web classes but the pace is over 9-12 months. ( 9 months for “accelerated” lol)

There is some overlap such as dividend discount model, time value calculations, human life value, estates and trusts. Most of it is dumbed down and nothing overly complex. Hardest topic is probably taxes and unrelated to cfa.

CFA is much much harder on a different level. I spent approximately 2000 hours on CFA for the 3 exams.

Hi AF Karma

Very helpful…I think current requirement is….. with CFA charter you only have to take the capstone class and then can sit for the exam.

I am pleased to know preparation is much less than CFA and test not as difficult.  I really appreciate your taking the time to answer…thank you so much!  good luck with level 3…Ron

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