The ABCs of CFPs and Other Planner Designations
The first hint is not to mix up professional associations with the credentials or designations. For example, the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors  is an organization devoted to members who work on a fee-only arrangement.
On the other hand, the AICPA's CPA-PFS designation  is designed for CPAs who also have received education just in financial planning and passed an exam.
Those who want to learn more about designations should visit some of the association and organization Web sites included in this article.