Denver (Oct. 30, 2003) -- The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards said Wednesday that its Board of Examiners has registered 15 new financial planning education program at 10 colleges and universities.

With the new programs, the total number of CFP Board-registered programs now numbers 286 at 176 higher education institutions.

Regionally accredited institutions whose programs were newly registered with CFP Board include Appalachian State University, in Boone, N.C.; Eastern Illinois University, in Charleston, Ill.; Florida International University, in Miami; Marquette University, in Naperville, Ill.; State University of New York, in Cobleskill; University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in Baltimore; University of Arkansas at Little Rock; University of California, Irvine Extension; University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis; and University of Missouri, in Columbia.

Students who successfully complete the financial planning curriculum at any CFP Board-registered program are eligible to sit for the CFP Board-administered CFP Certification Examination.

"The CFP Board believes the public needs access to competent and ethical planning," said Gary Diffendaffer, CFP, executive vice president of the CFP Board. "Our registered programs are a critical channel for helping develop qualified and ethical planners who meet CFP Board standards. It's encouraging for the profession to see that channel continuing to grow at its rapid pace."

-- WebCPA staff

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