SOURCE: College for Financial Planning

College for Financial Planning

February 04, 2014 06:00 ET

College for Financial Planning Releases 2014 Survey of Trends

Financial Credentials Lead to Higher Salaries, Increased Job Satisfaction and Additional Clients

CENTENNIAL, CO--(Marketwired - Feb 4, 2014) - Financial planning professionals with credentials from the College for Financial Planning (CFFP) are earning more, attracting more clients and feeling more satisfied with their jobs, according to the College's 2014 Survey of Trends in the Financial Planning Industry released today.

The 2014 Survey of Trends reported three significant findings across the CFP® certification, eight professional designations and three graduate degrees: after earning one of these credentials, the average survey respondent received an earnings increase of 21 percent, grew his or her client base by 10 to 20 percent and felt higher job satisfaction overall.

"The College for Financial Planning is committed to preparing its students for success in every way possible," President John Sears said. "As industry trends change and advisors' needs evolve, the College's priority is to provide tools and expertise to help them thrive in their careers. The Survey of Trends is one method we employ to ensure the College's education programs continue to meet each student's needs."

The College has conducted the Survey of Trends since 1996 to gather industry insight and examine levels of satisfaction, attitudes and successes of financial planning professionals. Survey invitations were sent to professionals who hold one or more of the following credentials: the CFP® certification, one of the College's professional designations, or a Master of Science degree from the College. In addition to information on job performance and satisfaction, the Survey of Trends also collects demographic information such as age, sex, job tenure and industry experience.

Survey responses varied depending on the respondents' credentials. The College hosts the longest-standing CFP® certification education program in the country, as well as a wide array of professional designation programs, including the Accredited Asset Management Specialist(SM), Accredited Domestic Partner Advisor(SM), Accredited Portfolio Management Advisor(SM), Accredited Wealth Management Advisor(SM), Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor(SM), Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor(SM), Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist(SM) and Registered Paraplanner(SM). The College also offers the following graduate degrees: Master of Science in Personal Financial Planning; Master of Science in Finance; and Master of Science in Finance, Financial Analysis.

Download the 2014 Survey of Trends in the Financial Planning Industry here. For more information on the College and its professional designations, certifications and graduate degrees, visit

About the College for Financial Planning 
Founded in 1972, the College for Financial Planning provides accessible and flexible degree, non-degree, and continuing professional education programs to students nationwide. Shortly after its founding, the College introduced the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification, which has evolved into the world's most recognized and respected financial planning credential, with more than 60,000 professionals in the U.S. having earned the designation.

In addition to its CFP Certification Professional Education Program, the College offers three graduate degree programs, for more in-depth knowledge of the finance industry. Professional designation programs are also available, with specializations ranging from asset management to retirement planning. College for Financial Planning is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. More than 140,000 students have graduated from the College's programs. For more information, visit

Contact Information