Certified Financial Planner Program

Kaplan College Financial Education

Online and In-Person Course options Available!

The Pamplin School of Business in a partnership with Kaplan University School of Professional and Continuing Education are providing the Executive Certificate in Financial Planning via online, hybrid and in-person course format options.

Program Cost and Textbooks

Cost of the program is $800 per course, not including class materials (books, materials, etc.)
Information about required textbooks for the program.

  1. In-class courses (section A): all classes meet face-to-face at the University of Portland’s North Portland campus. Cost: $800 per course, not including class materials (books, etc)

  2. On-line courses (section B): flexible and convenient learning option online. Cost: $599 per course, not including class material (books, etc.)

  3. On-line Plus courses (section C): covers all of the regular on-line course material plus a specific exam prep review with test-taking tips and strategies. Cost: $799 per course, not including class material (books, etc.)

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CFP Program and  Exam Preparation Information 

More information regarding program preparation and exams can be found on the Certified Financial Planner - CFP Certification page.

Kaplan Financial Education’s CFP® exam prep program is built and taught by working professionals for working professionals. From the time-based accelerated education program to self-study online courses, Kaplan offers flexible and convenient learning options that allow mastery of the 8 major domains covered on the CFP® exam. Kaplan also offers CFP® exam prep review solutions to help students who have completed the required education stay focused, zero in on critical content for the exam, and learn valuable test-taking tips and strategies.

Register for the CFP Program*

*Completion of this form will lead to registration for the course and an invoice will be issued.

Refund Policy 

University of Portland Student Accounts policy states: After class begins, no refunds are given in a course of fewer than six week duration. You are eligible for a 100% refund for withdrawal before a class begins.


General Financial Planning

Topics in the course include the financial planning process, securities regulation and licensing, CFP Board ethics, the economic environment, the time value of money, and planning for special situations such as a college education, the formation and operation of a closely held business, and disability. The course also previews wealth accumulation, tax, retirement, and estate planning techniques.

Risk Management

This course considers risk management principles and the various types of insurance coverage in the marketplace today, focusing on the role of planning for insurance needs.  Insurance topics include life, medical expense, and property/casualty policies, as well as long-term care and disability.  It also covers benefits made available to employees by employers - commonly referred to as employee or fringe benefits.  Employee benefit topics include group policies, deferred compensation, equity-based compensation, and business applications of life insurance.

Investment Planning

This course introduces risk-return concepts, debt and equity securities, and options and futures contracts. The course uses a Portfolio Project to evaluate the array of financial instrument investment alternatives and their risk profile. Participants analyze expected return characteristics, individually and in combination within a portfolio. Different investment strategies and valuation models are used to understand basic investment principles and practices.

Tax Planning

This course reveals effective income tax planning strategies, whether personal or related to an individual's business interests. Topics covered include individual income tax calculations, deductions, the tax characteristics of various business entities, trust and estate taxation, basis of property and cost recovery, property dispositions, passive activity losses, at-risk rules, miscellaneous taxes, interest on deficiencies and refunds, penalties, accounting methods, accounting periods, and tax management techniques.

Retirement Savings and Income Planning

This course deals with the single most important issue millions of people will be facing in the years to come: affording to retire. Normally, the amount of money necessary to achieve this goal is substantial and, just like the satisfaction of any other financial goal, requires significant planning. It covers determination of the retirement savings need and subsequently considers both government and employer-sponsored methods of providing for one's retirement. Distribution options from corporate retirement plans are reviewed as well as the suitability of an investment portfolio in ensuring a comfortable and profitable retirement.

Estate Planning

Once the wealth accumulation process is complete, distributing excess wealth is a primary goal for many financial planning clients. Course 106 presents the challenges of effective estate planning raised by tax code changes. It begins with a consideration of the estate planning process and the documents of transfer. The course then addresses the unified transfer tax system and the calculation of an individual's estate tax liability. Estate planning techniques such as trusts, marital and charitable deduction vehicles, and intra-family business and property transfers are then discussed. The course ends with a consideration of postmortem tax planning.

Capstone Case Course in Financial Planning

The final course of the program will involve case analysis and the integration of the six major areas of personal financial planning, which include:

  • Fundamentals and Ethical Considerations
  • Insurance and Employee Benefits
  • Investment Planning
  • Income Tax Planning
  • Retirement Planning
  • Estate Planning


Women's Leadership Alliance Scholarship

The Women’s Leadership Alliance (WLA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by a group of high-achieving female financial planning professionals from around the country. The WLA $1,840 sponsorship is designed to cover fees for 2 CFP® courses and books at the University of Portland.

Contact Melissa McCarthy - mccarthy@up.edu