Personal Financial Planning

Fully prepare for CFP® Certification while also learning relevant trends and practices in the financial planning field. Available Format: Online

This program is perfect for...

  • Current financial professionals who wish to expand their knowledge and career prospects
  • Recent college graduates or business professionals who want to augment their skills
  • Individuals considering a career transition into the financial planning profession
  • Those planning to take the CFP® certification examination

What you can learn.

  • Fundamentals and financial analysis in personal financial planning
  • Investments, insurance and retirement planning
  • Ethics in personal financial planning
  • Estate planning and risk management
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About this program.

As a leading provider of personal financial planning educational programs, UCLA Extension offers this 8-course CFP Board registered certificate to equip you with a thorough understanding of financial planning standards and practice. The curriculum covers the relevant topics that form the basis of—and prepares you for— the CFP® Certification Examination.

Format: Online

Duration:  1 year (full-time), 1.5 - 2 years (part-time)

Accelerated Program: For financial professionals, with at least 2 to 3 years experience, who are looking for an accelerated learning experience, you may consider our Personal Financial Planning: Accelerated Online program.


UCLA Extension's Personal Financial Planning Certificate Program is ranked #4 out of the 10 Best Online Certified Financial Planning (CFP) Programs by Financial Advisor Magazine.*

*source: fa-mag.com

UCLA Extension's Personal Financial Planning certificate program is a CFP® Board-Registered Education Program. In order to have your transcripts transferred to the CFP® Board for review, which is a required step to sit for the CFP® certification exam, payment of the certificate candidacy fee is required.

Courses in this program have been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit by the State Bar of California and may also be applied toward the State of California‘s continuing professional education (CPE) requirement for the licensure of Certified Public Accountants. 

Upon completion of the certificate program, students are also encouraged to enroll in our 4-day CFP® Exam prep course to fully prepare for this difficult exam.

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What our students say about our certificates.

What our certificates have done for our students.


feel a certificate helped them enhance their careers

1 in 4

received a salary increase after starting a certificate program


switched careers after completing a certificate program


recommend a certificate program to others

Source: UCLA Extension Certificate Graduates Survey

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Learn from Industry Leaders

Passionate about making financial planning experts out of those around her, Ms. Goode has worked in a variety of critical roles both within government and multi-national corporations.

Lovett Goode
UCLA Approved

Our course curriculum is developed in cooperation with the UCLA Anderson School of Management

The Anderson School of Management is consistently ranked among the top tier business school programs in the country, based on rankings published by U.S. News & World Report, Businessweek.

The certified financial planning courses did a good job of preparing me for the CFP Exam. After passing the exam, I was thankful that UCLA Extension offers these courses and that the instructors had the patience to answer all of my questions.

Tim LeRoy
Personal Financial Planning Certificate Graduate


Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.

Introductory Courses
May be taken concurrently. 
MGMT X 430.31
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 430.391
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Core Courses
MGMT X 430.32
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 430.35
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 430.33
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 427.904
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 439.3
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Capstone Course
Prerequisite: Successful completion of all other seven courses in the certificate. 
MGMT X 430.38
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Ethics Requirement
May be taken at any time during the program.
MGMT 833.379
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.

Application & Candidacy Fee


Estimated Program Tuition


Estimated program textbook/materials


*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

An internship in personal financial planning can provide you with practical experience in a variety of job functions. Certificate students must complete a minimum of 20 units of program curriculum (5 courses) before enrolling in the internship.

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The Certificate in Personal Financial Planning is approved for international students (F-1 student visa).

International applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting test scores from either TOEFL, IELTS or iTEP. Some applicants may be exempt from this requirement if certain criteria are met. 

English language proficiency (minimum*):

  • TOEFL iBT: 87
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5 
*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, or 5.1 on the iTEP Academic-Plus will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language courses.


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Academic Requirements & English Language Proficiency

International Students: How to Apply

The Joseph G. Devanney Scholarship Fund was established by the Devanney Estate to support students enrolling in the capstone course in the Personal Financial Planning Certificate at UCLA Extension and is offered quarterly.

Mr. Devanney was an instructor in the Personal Financial Planning Certificate program for 20 years and is thought of by many as the “grandfather” of the certificate.

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The Patricia and Michael Hausknost Scholarship Fund was established in 2022 to provide financial assistance and greater access to education for female students entering the finance industry while pursuing their careers in personal financial planning. This scholarship is offered annually.

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Did you know?

Discount for FPALA & CalCPA Members
FPALA and CalCPA members can receive 15% off eligible courses.
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Transfer Credits to an Advanced Degree

Graduates of the UCLA Extension Personal Financial Planning (PFP) Certificate program are eligible to transfer up to five courses* toward the online Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Financial Planning at California Lutheran University (CLU). 

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