- In order to earn your FP&A Certification, you must meet certain work and/or education requirements in addition to passing both parts of the test. However, a candidate can submit their application to the FP&A program prior to meeting the full requirements as long as the entrance requirements have been met.
- When submitting your application, you must choose a testing window for each exam part - either February/March or August/September. Please be sure to check the deadlines and fees page for more information regarding testing windows.
- The FP&A Exam is a two-part examination - each part has 125 questions.
- A detailed breakdown of testing time and types of questions can be found here.
- To see an outline of the knowledge, skills, and abilities that will appear on each exam part, please visit our Test Specifications page.
- Exam parts may be taken in any order, separately or together, for any day or time within the 60 day window.
- If you are looking for a comprehensive study tool, we offer the AFP Financial Planning & Analysis Learning System. We have also provided an Exam Functionality Tutorial, which explains how the examination software and spreadsheet tool works. Other preparation options can be found here.
- We use Pearson VUE testing centers to administer the exam.
- Once your application is approved and you receive your Authorization to Test (ATT) email, please contact Pearson VUE to schedule your appointment.
- You can select any day during the testing window to take the examination based on the availability of the testing center closest to you. For more information on locations, click here.
- Every new application is valid for ten consecutive testing windows (or five years), which means you have multiple opportunities to take and pass both parts of the examination before you have to submit a new application.
- During those ten testing windows, you can submit a re-examination registration, transfer request, and/or deferral request in order to move or re-take each part.
- After your tenth and final testing window you will be required to submit a new application in order to test again.
- Once you pass both parts of the test and meet all eligibility requirements you are officially considered an FP&A Professional. Learn more about the benefits of certification here.
- Every three years you are required to earn 45 continuing education credits in order to maintain your certification.