DeSales Offers CFP Board-Registered Certificate and Undergraduate Programs in Financial Planning

by Janelle Hill | Aug 05, 2016

DeSales University has registered with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. (CFP Board) to offer the first CFP Board-Registered programs in the Lehigh Valley.

The University’s financial planning track, offered in the finance major, and the certificate in financial planning program were recently approved and certified. The track is taught in both the traditional day program and online in the adult evening program (ACCESS). The certificate program is available to students who already have a bachelor’s degree, can be completed in less than one year, and is also offered online.

CFP Logo“CFP Board is pleased to approve the programs at DeSales University as CFP Board Registered Programs,” said Mike R. Greene, CFP, chair of CFP Board’s Board of Directors. “As student interest in financial planning as a career continues to grow, we anticipate that DeSales University’s programs will contribute significantly to the number of qualified candidates seeking to attain the CFP certification, the standard of excellence for competent and ethical financial planning.”

An independent certifying organization, CFP Board owns the CFP® and Certified Financial PlannerTM certification marks, which it awards to individuals who meet its education, examination, experience and ethics requirements. Students completing a financial planning program at DeSales University will meet the Education requirement for CFP Certification Examination administered by CFP Board.

“Preparing DeSales students for the CFP credential will allow them to succeed in financial planning positions in the Lehigh Valley and beyond,” said Bradley C. Barnhorst, CFA, chair of finance major and associate professor of business. “We are very excited to offer these programs to our undergraduate students and, through online classes, to professionals anywhere who wish to earn the CFP designation.” Students interested in the programs should contact Barnhorst at (610) 282-1100, ext. 1624, or email Students can also contact the Division of Business.

Today, CFP Board partners with more than 360 programs at more than 225 institutions. CFP Board-Registered Programs are financial planning education programs at the college or university level that meet specific criteria for educating individuals who wish to fulfill the education component for obtaining CFP certification. For more about CFP Board, visit

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