Certification supports your Client.
Membership Supports YOU!
AFCPE® Membership is the intersection of financial education, research & practice. Membership brings together professionals from a variety of financial fields, creating a strong network of knowledge and delivering professional development, resources, and benefits that positively impact your work and enhance your career. It’s also a great resource to you as you work toward your AFC® certification!
How Membership Supports AFC® Candidates
Earn Experience Hours!
AFCPE Membership gives you access to exclusive professional development content, so you can be confident that your expertise is relevant and up-to-date. Partnering with experts in the field, these webinars provide you with new knowledge and skills to use in research, education, and practice!
All AFCPE-sponsored webinars (both live and on-demand) are FREE to AFCPE members or $50 each for non-members. This is a savings of $600 a year!
Professional development webinars are pre-approved for Experience Hours for AFC Candidates. Candidates can earn up to 10% of their experience hours under the ‘Related Webinars’ category. FINRA Foundation Fellows please review the Experience Hour Guide for separate reporting guidelines.
Find your professional home!
As an AFCPE Member, your membership contains exclusive access to the AFCPE Member Exchange. This interactive message board allows you to find and connect with other members from across the country around different topics and issues that are important to you. This is a great resource for Candidates looking to make connections with other AFCs and professionals in the field.
You can network, share resources and best practices, discuss industry trends, and convene with AFCPE’s Membership base on one platform, either online or on your phone so that you can stay connected no matter where you are!
Research that informs practice!
AFCPE Members receive free access to our esteemed research journal (a $150 a year value!).
The JFCP is a peer-reviewed journal published three times a year by the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education®. The journal’s mission is to disseminate scholarly research related to the financial decision-making of individuals and families; financial education and financial counseling techniques; and the education of professional financial educators, counselors, and planners. Readers expect to find detailed recommendations for education and practice in journal articles. JFCP also publishes book reviews.
AFC Members also receive exclusive access to the JFCP Journal Quizzes. Candidates can earn 2 experience hours for each quiz they passed Journal quizzes fall under the ‘Related Training, Certification or License, and Conferences’ category (max of 10% of their hours).
Career Development & Growth!
AFCPE Members are invited to attend our annual Career Week + Job Fair! This is a great opportunity for members to connect with employment and volunteer opportunities, expand their network, and gain new skills to make themselves more marketable in the field.
This is a great resource for AFC Candidates looking for employment or volunteer opportunities that will assist them with earning experience hours.
Award Recognition & Grant Funding!
Members are invited annually to apply for one of our member awards – a great opportunity to bring awareness and recognition to your work, your program or your organization.
Award winners are recognized through a national press release, honored at the Annual Symposium, and receive an awards seal to continue to bring recognition to their accomplishments.
Open to all AFCPE Members. Many awards include a monetary prize.
Discounts on tools, resources, education, and more!
Members can also:
AFCPE Members receive a 10% discount on all Essentials Courses. Essentials Courses are online and self-paced to meet you where you are – giving you the tools and resources to make a lasting impact in the lives of those you serve:
Note: Offer may not be combined with any other sale, promotion, discount, code, coupon and/or offer.
Did you know? AFCPE Essentials courses* are pre-approved for 5 experience hours towards the AFC? Essentials courses fall under the ‘Related Training, Certification or License, and Conferences’ Category. Candidates can earn a max of 10% of their experience hours in this category.
*Excludes Money Management Essentials
Membership Runs on an Anniversary year, providing you with access to all member benefits for a full year. Your membership renewal date will be on the date your membership request is approved.
Membership dues are separate from certification fees. Read AFCPE®’s Refund Policy here.
NOTE: AFCPE® membership and certification are completely separate divisions of the organization. While membership offers additional benefits to our certified professionals and provides a community for them to network and share best practices, certification is not required to hold membership. However, if you are interested in also becoming certified, please visit the Certification section of the website. AFCPE® Membership dues are nonrefundable.