NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisor
Opportunity to network with like-minded professionals
Marketing support via NAPFA’s Media Request and Public Relations Outreach programs
Access to the Members portion of the web site - including the popular Discussion Forum and Resource Center where members share ideas and solutions
Use of the “NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisor” logo to prove you meet the highest standards in the financial planning profession
Participation in NAPFA's (Find An Advisor) Consumer Referral System
Reduced registration fees for NAPFA conferences and Cutting Edge Webinars
Use of the Fee-Only certification mark
Subscription to The NAPFA Advisor and What’s New at NAPFA
Membership certificate suitable for framing
Advice across Disciplines
* Applicants for NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisor status must demonstrate the ability to take a comprehensive approach to financial planning. You may submit your own work product, or work you supervised. There are several pathways for peer review:
1. Case submission. The applicant may submit case notes, including recommendations, documenting work performed for a client over a period of time. The case may be presented in oral or written form.
3. Financial Plan based on a fact pattern provided by NAPFA. The applicant may submit a traditional written or web-based financial plan using a fact pattern provided to them by NAPFA.
The 28 additional hours may be earned in either seven elective or five core areas.
An individual must have had at least 36 months of experience being primarily engaged in the provision of comprehensive financial planning services, which experience must have been attained within the past 60 months and must include the most recent 12 months.
Compensation by Fee Only:
must abide by the NAPFA Code of Ethics, Standards of Membership and Affiliation, Bylaws, resolutions adopted by the Board and all rules set forth in the NAPFA Policies and Procedures Manual.
agree to comply with all federal and state statutes, rules, regulations, administrative and judicial rulings, and other authorities applicable to the provision of financial planning or advisory related services.
agree that they will make all appropriate filings, amendments and renewals as appropriate to required filings with regulatory authorities. This shall include, but is not limited to, Form ADV. As a condition of NAPFA membership, any and all Form ADV filings may be reviewed by the Membership Task Force.
any disciplinary inquiry or proceeding initiated by any federal, state or local civil or criminal authority or regulatory body, including any inquiry or proceeding relating to the firm with which the individual is associated;
any disciplinary inquiry or proceeding initiated by a credentialing or membership organization or authority to which the individual is subject, e.g., Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, State Board of Public Accountancy;
any bankruptcy, receivership, or other type of assignment or arrangement for the benefit or protection of creditors of the individual or any entity in which the individual holds an interest of 5% or more.
Annual Dues: $625
One time non-refundable processing fee: $150 ($75 if there is at least one NAPFA member in the firm)
NAPFA reserves the right to decline membership if the applicant has failed to comply with statutes or regulations governing the profession, or has been unsuccessful in the defense of civil claims arising from professional services, unless such violations or claims are not material.
Contact NAPFA’s Membership Manager for more information.