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  • An international certification recognised for those in the financial industry
  • An internationally accredited qualification leading to higher qualifications
  • Affordable fees
  • Modular learning and assessment
  • Weekend classes by qualified & competent trainers
  • Only 4 modules
Programme Overview
Certified Financial Planner (CFP) is recognized as an international certification in the financial industry. The CFP certification programme revolves around the 4Es- Education, Examination, Experience and Ethics. CFP is a professional certification mark for financial planners. In order to become a CFP professional, candidates are required to complete the entire certification course, which comprises of 4 Modules. As the approved education provider for the CFP, this programme will be conducted by our qualified and competent trainers.

Pathways of CFP

Modular Exemption
Financial Planning Association of Malaysia (FPAM) recognizes that certain professional qualifications cover partial components in financial planning. Holders of the following qualifications are granted exemption as listed below (terms & conditions apply):

No Qualifications M1 M2
1 Chartered Financial Practitioners (Namlifa) X
2 MII Dip. In Financial Planning X
3 Chartered Life Underwriters X
4 Life Underwriters Training Council of Fellows X
5 Graduate in Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment X
6 Active FIMM member who have passed “CUTE” or “PRS” examination X
7 Registered Financial Planners (MFPC) X X
8 Shariah Registered Financial Planners (MFPC) X X
Challenge Status
Only Malaysians who possess the following qualifications or professional credentials with 3 years relevant work experience in personal finance* are eligible to apply. Exemption is for Modules 1 to 3 of the certification. Applicants are allowed only 3 consecutive attempts under this option. (terms & conditions apply)

1 Professional Accountants (CA (M), CPA (M), CPA (Aust), AICPA, ACA, ACCA, ICMA and AIA)
2 Chartered Secretaries (ICSA & Fellow of MACS)
3 Chartered Financial Consultants (ChFC)
4 Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
5 PhD (Business, Accounting or Economics)
6 Masters (Business Admin / Finance / Economics / Accounting) from accredited universities
7 Islamic Financial Planner (IFP)

*personal finance related experience can be in any of the following areas: insurance, mutual funds, securities, asset management, accounting, estate planning, banking, taxation, trusts, retirement planning and financial planning and must be within the 5 years prior to application

Benefits of CFP Certification
  • Enhance employment and career opportunities especially in the financial services industry as in banks, insurance companies, unit trust companies, asset management companies and others
  • Recognition by peers and fellow professionals as having met the global benchmark for competency, ethics and professional practice standards in financial planning services
  • Recognition by the public of having a professional qualification that inspires trust among financial consumers
  • Qualification recognized and granted exemption in 24 countries and growing
  • Opportunity to increase revenue stream by offering more financial products and services to your clients
  • Client satisfaction by providing comprehensive approach to financial planning
  • Recognition and exemption by a wide number of bodies including regulators.
  • Practitioners’ Workshop – Guidance and workshops to enhance professional practice
Privileges of being a Certified Member
  • Entitled to use the CFP marks on your business cards.
  • Complimentary copies of “4E Journal”, FPAM’s publication exclusively for members.
  • Special rates to attend continuing education programs including seminars, forums, conferences and luncheons.
  • Invitations to networking events and industry related gatherings.
  • Library services and Internet access at FPAM’s office.
  • Voting rights at Annual General Meeting.
  • Opportunities to stay informed about the latest trends, developments and products through seminars, workshops and meetings.
  • Chapter Working Committees provide platforms for interaction among members in their respective states.
Education & Examination

Q1. Do you have to pass just one module to earn the CFP mark or several modules over a period of time?
You have to pass all the 4 modules in order to become a Certified member. However, exemptions are granted to individuals who have certain academic qualifications. Please contact FPAM if you require further information on the grant of exemptions.

Q2. What is the format of the examinations for CFP certification program?
Module 1 to 3 consists of 75 multiple choice questions to be completed in 3 hours. Module 4 comprises of 2 papers. Paper 1 is a 60 multiple choice questions paper to be completed in 3 hours and Paper 2 is an essay styled case study question paper to be completed in 3 hours.

Q3. Is there a time frame to complete each module?
There is no fixed time frame and the examinations are conducted once every 6 months.

Q4. Is there a time frame to complete all the 4 modules?
There is no fixed time frame. Modules 1 to 3 must be completed before you are eligible to attempt Module 4. A candidate can attempt Modules 2 to 3 in any sequence.

Q5. What is the shortest time frame to complete all the 4 modules?
The shortest time frame required is 12 months.

Q6. If I fail a module, is there a re-sit and what is the time frame for a re-sit?
There is no time frame to re-sit an examination. You are just required to register for the module that you failed in. You can register for the next available examination sitting.

Q7. If I have to re-sit a module, do I pay just the exam fees or the do I need to pay the course fees as well?
If you need to re-sit a module, you are required to register for the next examination and pay the exam fees. Please check with the Education Provider on course fees if you wish to attend additional revision classes.

Q8. Is there a refund on course fees if I decide to discontinue a module?
Please refer to the approved Education Providers for their registration policies.

Q9. When are the CFP certification examinations held?
The examinations are held twice a year. Please check the FPAM website for the dates of the examinations.

Q10. How do I register for the CFP certification examinations?
You can contact either FPAM directly or any of the Education Providers for the registration forms which should be duly completed and submitted to FPAM or the Education Provider.

Q11. Who are the Education Providers approved by FPAM to conduct the CFP certification program?
Please refer to the section on Education Providers on our website for the list of Education Providers and their contact details.

Q12. Have the Education Providers been approved by the relevant authorities?
The provision of education is undertaken by suitably qualified Education Providers duly approved by FPAM. Approval is granted by FPAM subject to the Education Providers having fulfilled certain requirements such as:

i. Having an established track record in the field of education
ii. Capable of teaching the CFP certification program
iii. Employment of professional academic and support staff to ensure comprehensiveness of programs
iv. Adherence to all of FPAM’s rules and regulations

Q13. Do the Education Providers charge the same for the course?
The approach of the independent Education Providers in providing the CFP certification course may differ slightly, depending on their methodology and course materials but in compliance with the syllabus determined by FPAM. The fees for the courses are set by the Education Providers within the range approved by FPAM.

Q14. How do I register any complaint or grievance that I may have with the Education Providers?
You may write to FPAM stating details of the case to:

The Chief Executive Officer

Financial Planning Association of Malaysia
Unit 305, Block A, Phileo Damansara I
Jalan 16/11, Seksyen 16, Off Jalan Damansara
46350 Petaling Jaya
Telephone : +603 – 7954 9500 / Fax : +603 – 7954 9400

Please remember to provide your contact details.

Payment Methods
  • Cheque – Payable to GAMBANG BERLIAN SDN BHD
  • Debit Card and Credit Card
    (Credit Card Easy payment scheme available)
  • HRDF Claimable
Why Choose LiFE Academy?
At LiFE Academy, you will experience an exciting, practical all-rounded education conducted in a conducive environment. Learning approach includes group classroom teaching, discussions, research projects and oral-aural activities.

  • Graduates of our programmes are awarded with qualifications endorsed by the best in industry.
  • Qualified, experienced, dedicated and caring trainers supported by experienced technical staff.
  • Individual hands-on sessions to enhance your grasps of the knowledge.
  • Strong and continually updated curriculum to meet challenging industry demands.
  • Close monitoring of your academic progress.
  • Ideal learning environment at our purpose-built Yeap Chor Ee Heritage Campus with excellent modern facilities.
  • Scholarships are available to Malaysian students.*

*Terms and conditions apply