2021 AFCPE Membership is now open!

Join our growing community of financial counselors, coaches, educators, and researchers.

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2020 Year in Review

See what we accomplished in 2020 and what's coming in 2021 for AFCPE and our professionals.

2020 AFCPE Symposium Recordings now Available!

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AFCPE certification empowers you to make a difference in your community…and it makes a difference in your career!

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A community built on passion and expertise

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Are you passionate about helping people with their money so they can improve their lives?
If so, you’re in the right place.

The AFCPE® Mission


We ensure the highest level of knowledge, skill and integrity of the personal finance profession by certifying, connecting and supporting diverse professionals who positively impact financial security for all communities.

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3,200 Certified Professionals Worldwide

AFCPE certified professionals work in nonprofit organizations, banks/credit unions, private practice, higher education, military, and government. 

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Education & Practice Rooted in Research

18 Leading-edge Publications and Resources

Including our semi-annual research journal, our quarterly newsletter, and our Monthly Minute e-newsletter.

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A Diverse & Inclusive Network

1,450 Devoted AFCPE Community Members

AFCPE® Membership enhances your work and career by providing you with resources such as free professional development and a strong community.

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“With this designation I'm able to provide not only the fundamentals of money management, but I'm also able to coach and encourage my clients so they can build assets and grow in their financial life.”


“I became an AFC® to give opportunities to clients that want financial change. My work requires professional development and to implement methods that promote that social change. I feel that AFCPE® sets high standards for professionals to achieve.”

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January 2021

January 21

FPA Connect: Peeling Back the Curtain on Money Beliefs

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
FREE to AFCPE Members
January 26
January 29

Quick Connections

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
FREE for AFCPE Members

February 2021

February 4

AFCPE Office Hours

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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#FridayFollow: Looking Beyond Behaviors

Getting to know Sean McPhilamy, AFC®. AFCPE: When someone asks what you do, how do you respond? Sean: I help individuals and families with improving personal finances, looking beyond behaviors. AFCPE: Tell us a little about your professional journey. What or who inspired you to pursue this career? Sean: Twenty-five...

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