The right to use the CFP marks entails signing an agreement with the CFP Board, which commits the CFP certificant to abide by the board’s terms and conditions of certification. These terms cover essential details, from the CFP Board’s rights over the CFP marks, to the certificant’s use of them and the ability of the CFP Board to discipline the certificant or revoke the marks entirely in cases of misconduct.

In late March, for the first time in nearly eight years, the CFP Board announced major updates to the terms and conditions of certification. And while several of the changes are simple clarifications to the legal language, the CFP Board did introduce a significant new provision that would require all disputes between CFP certificants and the organization to be taken to mandatory arbitration rather than a court of law.

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