George Sleeman: Alphabet soup after their name? Put forth the effort? Lets patronize the credentials shall we? It is a three day examination, George. What does it take to become a certified tax preparer? People who down play other’s do so because they can’t attain their status or education.
A person with a CFP or with a CPA earned those designation through education, past and continued, various requirements to maintain their licenses and experience. I would trust no one else to handle my finanaces, accounting or TAXES.
A CFP is a certified financial planner. They have taken courses and passed a written exam to earn the alphabet soup after their name. Does certified mean good? Not always, however at least they have put forth the effort to get the education.