Enhancing the professionalism of financial advisors in the best interests of the consumer

Course Code 245


CCH/Advocis FPSC-approved Capstone Course

Format: Self Study
CE Credits: 30
Pre-requisites: CFP Core Curriculum (231, 232, 233, 234)
Study Hours: 115 hours
Member: $510.00*/$600.00
Non-Member: $720.00*/$800.00
* With Loyalty discount for students that have completed CFP 231-234 through Advocis.
Plus shipping and applicable taxes (FPSC case study not included).

The major focus of this course is the preparation of a comprehensive financial plan based on an FPSC approved case study that follows the six-step financial planning process and addresses the competencies laid out in the CFP® Professional Competency Profile. Students are expected to apply the knowledge gained throughout the CCH/Advocis CFP® Certification Program to develop a comprehensive financial plan that addresses the objectives of a hypothetical client.

The student is also expected to participate in an Ethics Discussion Forum that requires the application of the FPSC professional Code of Ethics and Practice Standards to analyze a case study.

Also as preparation for the FPE2 the course material provides a review of the key topics addressed in the CFP core curriculum including:

  • Taxation planning
  • Risk management and insurance
  • Asset management
  • Retirement planning
  • Estate planning
  • Financial Management.

Students are required to complete case study exercises by reviewing a number of case studies and responding to multiple-choice questions based on those case study situations.

Other study aids include a unit on exam writing techniques and a number of multiple-choice tests that allow students to evaluate their knowledge level in the key topic areas.

Note: The Modular Plan and Comprehensive Plan is based on the FPSC Case #4:
The Sam and Sara Knight Story.

Students must purchase the FPSC case separately through the FPSC website.

Target Audience:
Financial Advisors

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Learning Objectives:

  • Appreciate the financial planning industry and the Financial Planning Standards Council’s role in bringing professional standards to practitioners;
  • Apply the provisions of the Income Tax Act to the financial planning exercise;
  • Understand and apply risk management principles and practices in developing a client’s financial plan;
  • Evaluate asset management strategies for a client;
  • Analyze retirement programs and products as part of the financial planning process;
  • Evaluate estate planning alternatives based on the integrated knowledge gathered from the client during the financial planning process;
  • Consider financial management strategies in addressing financial planning problems and opportunities.

Delivery Methods:

The Capstone Course is offered twice a year in semester format.

CCH/Advocis FPSC-approved Capstone Course is designed as a self-study course with success highly dependent on the student's personal discipline. To increase study effectiveness, students should set-up a study schedule. To maximize learning, students are encouraged to take full advantage of all the end of module self-test questions as well as the exercises, problems and case studies offered throughout the course.

Instructor led:
Advocis and CCH have partnered with a number of post secondary institutions to offer this course in a classroom setting. Please click here for additional information on how to register for this program through one of our education partners.

Registration Includes:

  • Printed Study Guide
  • Online core curriculum practice review quiz
  • Access to help for course related questions – online and fax
  • Access to the Advocis Learning Centre
  • First financial plan submission

Additional Materials:

Financial Planning Case Study, FPSC, $47.99 (plus taxes)

Not Included

Completion Requirements:

Passing mark is 60% overall.

Summer 2015 (registration June 1, 2015 to July 20, 2015)

Assignment Percentage of Overall Course Mark Deadline

Completion of modular financial plan


August 7, 2015

Completion of comprehensive financial plan


September 18, 2015

Participation in online ethics discussion forum


First posting: August 18, 2015 Second and third posting: September 4, 2015

Completion of four online module tests


September 30, 2015

Completion of each component is mandatory in order to pass the course.

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