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FPSC-approved Capstone Course (Douglas College)

Course Code: FINC 4370
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Finance
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar, Partially Online
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

The CFP Capstone course is an integrated financial planning course requiring the preparation and presentation of a professional industry level financial plan covering at least four of the six financial planning components. Completion of this course in addition to a year qualifying work experience meets the requirements to write the final CFP exam (FPE-2) administered by the Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC).

Course Content

Complete a professional financial plan integrating at least four of the six financial planning components.

Present the plan as if engaging a real client, explaining and defending recommendations and considering conflicting views on financial issues.


  1. Complete qualitative and quantitative analyses to formulate strategies, and recommendations.
  2. Rank issues and provide rationale for prioritization on various components.
  3. Demonstrate the professional skills required in the Competency Profile.
  4. Make and validate assumptions used in the financial plan.
  5. Defend the approach and or recommendations taken in the financial plan.
  6. Present the financial plan as if it is a true client engagement.
  7. Apply the CFP Financial Planning Practice Standards and CFP Code of Ethics.

Methods of Instruction

Lecture, seminars and/or hybrid. This course focusses on the development and presentation of a professional financial plan. It will be interactive and make use of cases, supplementary materials, and class presentations.

Means of Assessment

Individual Assignment 10-20%
Mid Term 0-30%
Group presentations (2-3 Cases)    10-30%
Individual FPSC Mandated Case 25%
Capstone Plan and Presentation 25%

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the successful student should be able to:

  1. Apply and integrate technical knowledge gained from Core Curriculum courses (pre-requisite and co-requisite) in the identification and analysis of issues relating to personal financial planning.
  2. Collect all qualitative and quantitative information required to develop a financial plan.
  3. Evaluate each client’s objectives, needs and values that have financial implications.
  4. Analyze and synthesize personal financial situations from all six financial planning components.
  5. Identify potential opportunities and constraints, assess information to formulate strategies.
  6. Formulate and evaluate strategies to develop a financial plan.
  7. Prioritize and consolidate recommendations into a financial plan.
  8. Develop a complete professional financial plan covering moderately complex financial issues and at least four of the six financial planning components.
  9. Communicate information, ideas and concepts to clients and others in a professional written and oral manner that is understandable for the client’s level of sophistication.

In the process of completing the Capstone Course Learning Objectives above, the student will demonstrate the ability to integrate the following:

  1. Demonstrate ethical judgment in providing professional services.
  2. Assess the impact of the economic, political and regulatory environments on financial situations.
  3. Demonstrate logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternatives or approaches to problems.
  4. Apply the FPSC’s Code of Ethics and the CFP Financial Planning Practice Standards as they apply to the financial planning process.

course prerequisites

(FINC 3300) with “C” or higher, and (FINC 3350 or FINC 3390) with “C” or higher or completion of CFP FPE-1

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.