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European Financial Advisor®

& International Financial Advisor®

Certification's goal

The European Financial Adviser® (EFA) certification is aimed at practitioners with an extended financial advisory activity. It is the most widespread level of European certification.

Outside Europe, this certification is providing under the name International Financial Adviser® (IFA) certification. The certificate is adapted to local constraints.

Target audience

That certification refers to professionals who offer a rigorous service of assessing clients' needs and developing financial solutions, particularly concerning investments at portfolio level, but also including basic insurance/retirement /credit/financing solutions.


The educational programs should be covered in a minimum of 10 classroom days or 80 tuition hours (or equivalent), after EIP or IIP certifications.

CPD program

To maintain your certification, EFPA Luxembourg will ask you to follow a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) program to update your knowledge. 12 sessions of EFPA CPD, or equivalent, will be required to maintain your certification. These will be offered by EFPA Luxembourg.

Training program

EFA program

Usual schedule


EFPA organizes 2 sessions of European Financial Adviser® (EFA) final exam and 2 sessions of International Financial Adviser® (IFA) final exam every year. One in February and one in July.

Depending on the organization of the different training centers, different sessions of courses are available to prepare the final examination. The usual schedule is the following.

Do not hesitate to contact us for any questions.

EFA & IFA final examination

To allow each professional to validate the training followed and to demonstrate to the competent authorities that he/she has effectively acquired a level of knowledge and competence of excellence, EFPA organizes a final exam.

The European Financial Advisor® (EFA) and International Financial Adviser® (IFA) final examination consists of a multiple choice test with four possible answers by question and only one correct answer per question and a case study, which requires an examinee to solve exercise focus on the application of the different modules.


The rules of these final examination are presented below.

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