Following the publication of the top Qualified Associate Financial Planner (QAFP) exam challengers in early May, FP Canada has followed up, announcing the top three scoring Certified Financial Planner (CFP) exam candidates sitting the February 2023 exams.

The top three CFP exam challengers earn a place on the FP Canada President’s List. This year those candidates include Cara Stapely, of IG Wealth Management in Kingston, Ontario. Second place was Mississauga, Ontario’s Jerry Rawlik from RBC Dominion Securities and third place candidate was Mykola Rostotski of Cornerstone Credit Union in Melville, Saskatchewan.

The top QAFP exam challengers are Jonathan Nisly, of Kenora, Ontario. Nisly works for BMO Financial Group. Second place was Randy Bergstrom of RBC Insurance in Edmonton, Alberta and third place was Brayden Bouchey of White Rock, British Columbia where he works for Quasar Financial Planning Group.

To obtain the CFP, candidates must have a post-secondary degree, pass the national exam and demonstrate three years of qualifying work. To maintain certification, they must complete 25 hours of continuing education each year. “They must also adhere to high professional standards established by the FP Canada Standards Council,” FP Canada states. QAFP credential holders, meanwhile, must have a post-secondary education, pass the national exam, demonstrate one year of qualifying work experience and complete 12 hours of continuing education each year.

The four-hour exams, held three times each year, focus on specific elements of the FP Canada Standards Council Competency Profile.