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Online Executive CFP® Certification Education Program

Welcome to the Online Executive CFP® Certification Education Program offered through Santa Clara University, in conjunction with Dalton Education, a leading provider of financial planning education materials.

This program is designed to fulfill the education requirement to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination.

For more information, click here OR please call 877-426-2373 or send an email to

CFP Exam Dates - 2014

Exam Date: November 18-22, 2014*
Registration Deadline: November 4, 2014**
Registration: Open
Withdrawal Deadline: October 15, 2014***

Beginning in November 2014, The CFP® exam will be administered in a computer-based format during 5-day testing windows each March, July and November.  Candidates can select their testing location from Prometric’s global network of testing sites, which includes more than 250 sites in the U.S.  The exam consists of two 3-hour testing sessions separated by a scheduled 30-minute break. A 7-hour appointment is scheduled to allow time for check-in, and security procedures. The computer-based CFP® exam is not easier or more difficult than the previously-used pencil-and-paper format and maintains the same content outlined in CFP Board’s Job Task Domains and Principal Topics, which represent the knowledge and abilities required to deliver financial planning services to clients. Learn more about the new computer-based format >

Note - important information below:

*Candidates schedule a one-day testing appointment during this testing window.
**Candidates may reschedule within the testing window as late as four days prior to their scheduled appointment, subject to seat availability and rescheduling fees.
***Verification of the Education coursework requirement for CFP® certification must be received at CFP Board by this date, or registration will be withdrawn and a $50 withdrawal fee assessed.  Read more.

Student Testimonials

"All in all, the Dalton Program is a great value and I recommend it without reservation!"
- Michael McAninch

"I would definitely recommend Dalton to anyone who wants to pass the CFP on the first try."
- Rudy Fernandez

"I PASSED!! Thanks Joe and pass my thanks along to everyone else at the school."
- Chris McFadden

Guest Lecture Series

Dalton Education is pleased to offer our Guest Lecture series! This series of free, live online lectures is designed to provide attendees with timely and insightful information on issues in the financial planning education community. Please be sure to join us, as we have assembled a guest lecturers from a wide background including some of the top financial planning instructors, practitioners, authors and experts in the field, some have even served on the CFP Board's Council on Examinations.

Upcoming Topics in the Guest Lecture Series:

FREE Webinar - CFP Certification and The Dalton Review
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | 12:00PM-12:30PM PST (30 Minutes)
To RSVP Email:

Each guest lecture is approximately 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of Q&A. Since the lectures are live, space is limited, and you can reserve your spot by simply clicking on the "Register" button next to the lecture you are interested in and completing the RSVP form. All live lectures are recorded, so you can request a link to playback a lecture as well.

Register today for these FREE seminars!  Each guest lecture is approximately 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of Q&A. Since the lectures are live, space is limited, so be sure to register today. All live lectures are recorded, so you can request a link to playback a lecture as well.

Program Courses

Fundamentals of Financial Planning and Insurance

This course introduces participants to the theory and practice of financial planning. It provides an overview of the financial planning process and offers guidance for managing a client's risk while achieving goals through savings and investments. Topics include life, health, disability and long-term care as well as property, Social Security and personal liability insurance. In addition, the course covers time value of money, education and retirement funding. A financial calculator, such as an HP 12C or 10BII, is required.

Course Materials:
  • Fundamentals of Financial Planning, 3rd Edition, (Money Education)
    ISBN: 978-1-936602-09-4 (hard cover)
    ISBN: 978-1-936602-10-0 (soft cover)
  • Fundamentals of Financial Planning - Insurance, 3rd Edition, (Money Education)
    ISBN:  978-1-936602-11-7
  • Financial Calculator Essentials, 2nd Edition, Joseph M. Gillice (Dalton Education)
    ISBN: 0-9820884-1-8
      - Order all three books by calling Money Education at: (888) 295-6023 or visiting their website at

Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management

This course introduces concepts regarding modern portfolio theory, risk reduction, debt and equity securities, derivatives (including options and futures contracts) and asset allocation strategies. Participants will learn how to determine a client's risk tolerance and select appropriate assets based on the assessed risk tolerance and the client's goals.

Course Materials: 

Taxation of Persons, Property and Other Entities

This course provides detailed coverage of gross income inclusions, exclusions, deductions before and after adjusted gross income, and tax credits, while focusing on the taxation of individuals, sole proprietorships, C-corps, S-corps, partnerships and LLCs.  In addition, participants will learn planning techniques for taxation avoidance and minimization strategies.

Course Materials:
  • Income Tax Planning for Financial Planners, 6th Edition, E. Vance Grange, Thomas P. Langdon, Michael A. Dalton (ME – Your Money Education Resource)
    ISBN: 978-1-936602-13-1
      - Order by calling customer service at: (888) 295-6023 or visiting their website at

Retirement and Employee Benefits

This course provides a comprehensive overview of qualified (defined benefit, profit share, 401(k) plans and non-qualified (deferred compensation, incentive stock options, employee stock purchase plans) retirement plans, other tax-advantaged plans (SIMPLE, Roth and traditional IRAs), and employee benefits.  This course also presents an overview of the Social Security disability and health care programs such as Medicare.

Course Materials:
  • Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits for Financial Planners, 9th Edition, Michael A. Dalton (ME – Your Money Education Resource)
    ISBN: 978-1-936602-14-8
      - Order by calling customer service at: (888) 295-6023 or visiting their website at online

Estate Tax Planning

This course provides professionals with an introduction to wills, trusts, the probate process and the taxation of estates.  Course participants will also learn the tax implications of gifts and bequests during lifetime and at death.  The approach provides students with taxation avoidance and minimization techniques useful in planning a client's estate.

Course Materials:
  • Estate Planning for Financial Planners, 6th Edition, Michael A. Dalton, Thomas P. Langdon (ME – Your Money Education Resource)
    ISBN: 978-1-936602-01-8
      - Order by calling customer service at: (888) 295-6023 or visiting their website at

Plan Presentation Course

The Plan Presentation course consists of both online, self-paced study combined with live-online instruction.  Students will learn how to prepare and present a financial plan using financial planning software and multiple approaches to identifying and planning for a client's goals and risks. This course does fulfill the CFP Board's Capstone Course requirement.

Course Materials:
  • Cases in Financial Planning, 1st Edition, Michael A. Dalton, James F. Dalton, Katheleen F. Oakley (ME - Your Money Education Resource)
    ISBN: 978-1-936602-08-7
    - Order by calling customer service at: (888) 295-6023 or visiting their website at:


Exam Date: November 18-22, 2014
Registration Deadline: November 4, 2014

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