To become a financial advisor, you’ll first want to complete the CFP® Certification Requirements.
CFP® Certification Requirements:
Education – complete a bachelor’s degree program and required financial planning coursework
Exam – pass the CFP® exam
Experience – meet the professional experience requirement
Ethics – agree to the high ethical and professional standards of the CFP® board
As you begin researching this career field and scouting positions, keeping in mind that we feel the fiduciary and fee-only financial planning approach is the least-conflicted compensation method available for a financial advisor. We encourage you to learn more about this terminology and look for employment opportunities that ascribe to these practices.
Many entry-level advisor jobs were commission-based in the past, but the industry is currently seeing a shift away from the transactional/commission business.? Fully independent, registered investment advisory firms are seeing major growth, and these firms are hiring entry-level advisors who have or are working towards their CFP® credential.
Here are some relevant videos to start you on your path to being a financial advisor:
Video: How To Be a Financial Advisor | Part 1 | Before You Get Started
Video: How To Be a Financial Advisor | Part 2 | Knowing Where You Fit In