CE credits are a unit of measurement based on the contact time for program content that meets the Practice Guidelines for Financial Advisors & Planners. Programs must have a minimum duration of 15 minutes to qualify for accreditation. Contact time must be clearly documented. Accreditation decisions are guided by our Accreditation Decision Criteria. Submissions that focus solely on proprietary products and software, sales training, or are motivational in nature are unlikely to meet our guidelines for purposes of accreditation. At the present time, The Institute can only review English language content.


Administration Fee $55, plus HST
Accreditation Fee $85, plus HST (per credit hour applied for)


  • A minimum fee of $100 (non-refundable) applies to all applications.
  • Fees apply regardless of approval result and are due on application submission
  • For a 3-Day Business Rush, the cost is $500.00 in addition to the administrative and accreditation fees
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Decision Review Policy

The Practice Guidelines provide a practice-competency framework as well as a practice-behaviour framework that delineate the knowledge, ability and behaviours that are necessary for financial advisors and planners to perform their job duties competently and ethically. The Practice Guidelines are available online. (Click here to download the Guidelines) Partial credits are assigned where reasonable.

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Decision Appeals

An applicant who disagrees with a decision has the right to submit a written appeal. Please submit a request for an appeal of the accreditation decision by email to

Dispute Resolution

If the applicant continues to be unsatisfied following the appeal process, a dispute-resolution process can be initiated through the COO of The Institute who will review all material and advise the applicant of the outcome directly. No reviewer who has reviewed a program will be involved in the dispute-resolution process, although additional impartial subject matter experts may be engaged.

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