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DENVER (August 15, 2018) – The Financial Planning Association® (FPA®), the country’s largest membership association for CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) professionals and those who support the financial planning process, has officially joined the Professional Certification Coalition to protect CFP® professionals from state legislative efforts to bar the use of such certifications.


The newly formed Professional Certification Coalition (PCC), a D.C. unincorporated nonprofit association, addresses “efforts to enact legislation that would undermine the recognition of certifications developed or offered by private certification organizations.” By bringing together stakeholders supporting or opposing legislation, the PCC advocates for certification organizations by working with state legislatures to eliminate harmful language, monitoring and analyzing state legislative activity, and educating state lawmakers about the Coalition’s position.

In partnership with PCC and other affiliated organizations, FPA strongly advocated to amend recent legislation in Louisiana to remove language that would have prohibited our members that hold certification credentials, such as the CFP® credential, from using the term “certified” in their titles.  FPA also advocated in Missouri by asking the Governor to veto similar legislation.  As a member of the PCC, FPA will continue efforts to fight harmful legislation that negatively impacts CFP® professional members, while displaying FPA’s strength as the association for all CFP® professionals through state and federal advocacy efforts.


“As the membership association for CFP® professionals, we have a mission to advocate for financial planners. Protecting our members against efforts that undermine their ability to serve their clients as CFP® professionals is core to our association,” says FPA Executive Director/CEO Lauren M. Schadle, CAE. “By joining the PCC, we will be able to further our mission and engage the thousands of CFP® professionals in our ranks to advocate for a certification that comes with high-standards of professional conduct.”


FPA is proud to stand beside thousands of CFP® professionals to advance the financial planning profession.



About the Financial Planning Association

The Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) is the principal professional organization for CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM​ (CFP®) professionals, educators, financial services professionals and students who are committed to elevating the profession that transforms lives through the power of financial planning. Through a collaborative effort to provide members with tools and resources for professional education, business support, advocacy and community, FPA is the indispensable resource in the advancement of today’s CFP® professional. Learn more about FPA at and follow on Twitter at