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​​​​​​​​Universities and Students are given the opportunity to BE Knowledgea​ble 

DENVER –The Financial Planning Association® (FPA®), Ameriprise Financial and the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP® Board) recently announced that students and universities can now sign up to compete in the 2014 Financial Planning Challenge (FPC). This three-stage competition was created to support the next generation of financial planners by: engaging students and academic advisors in the financial planning community; raising awareness around career opportunities; and encouraging students to learn and network with industry professionals.​​

The final stages of the competition will transpire at FPA BE​ 2014, the annual conference of the financial planning community, to be held Sept. 20-22 in Seattle.​

FPA BE 2014 is a reinvention of FPA’s annual conference for CFP® professionals who seek an engaging, thought-provoking event that enables today’s financial planner to BE successful, BE knowledgeable, and BE extraordinary. With an emphasis on interactively delivering cutting-edge practice management strategies and planning trends by the best minds in the world of business and financial planning, FPA BE 2014 will engage and empower attendees like no other event. FPA BE 2014: Business and Education for Today’s CFP® Professional.

“The Financial Planning Challenge continues to grow on the success from previous years and the experience students receive is unlike anything that occurs in the classroom. The opportunity to rub shoulders with industry leaders is what makes this a sought after opportunity,” said Lauren M. Schadle, CAE, FPA executive director and CEO. “Ameriprise and the CFP Board are valuable partners for this initiative and we are all committed to fostering the next generation of planners.”​

“One of the key building blocks of a profession is education. CFP Board is pleased to once again partner with FPA, Ameriprise, and our academic partners to offer the Financial Planning Challenge, said Kevin Keller, CAE, CFP Board CEO. “This collaboration not only provides a worthwhile educational experience for future CFP® professionals, but continues to enhance the rigor and profile of financial planning within our colleges and universities.”​​

The competition criteria have been developed in part to illustrate potential avenues for satisfying the CFP Board Financial Plan Development Course requirements for both students and faculty. Learn more and stay up to date on this year’s FPC.​​