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The Financial Planning Certificate program, offered through the Wisconsin Financial Services Institute (WFSI) and is part of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Business, has earned renewal from the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Board of Standards.

The certificate program consists of six core-curriculum courses, which lasts between 11 and 14 weeks. The average program completion time is two years and includes a total of 225 contact hours. It fulfills the education requirement to sit for the CFP Certification Examination.  The program is also offered online, in partnership with Dalton Education, and can be completed in just nine months.

In the approval letter sent from the CFP Board of Standards, Charles R. Chaffin said, “It is noteworthy that the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh offers a capstone course where the learner has the opportunity to integrate and apply content from across the curriculum.”

According to the 2010 Job Rated Almanac, a financial planner is among the 20 best jobs in terms of income, stress, work environment, hiring outlook and physical demands. Job prospects are strong in financial planning as nearly half of firms plan to hire more staffers in the next 12 months, according to the Financial Planning Association’s 2010-11 salary survey.

“We are pleased to renew our partnership with the CFP Board of Standards and look forward to continuing to work with students striving to earn the CFP certification,” said Kristine Beck, director of WFSI and member of the College of Business finance and business law team. “The successful renewal of our program by the CFP Board of Standards is the best testimony to the quality of our program.”

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Amy Pinkston, College of Business, submitted this announcement. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to contribute calendar items, campus announcements and other good news to UW Oshkosh Today.