Last Wednesday I get an email. "Status of Results for the CFP(R) Certification Exam."
Holy crap. How long has it been since I took the test? Well, damn, that's easy to figure. It has been as long as the time since my last post on this blog. Immediately after the test I was relieved, and anxious to know whether all the work was worth it. Did I pass?!!! Dang CFP board, why does it take so long to post the results?
Well, weeks go by. Months, actually. Well, almost two months. All kinds of craziness has gone on, and I have been a bad, bad blogger. Am I going to get back into updating the blog? We'll see. I'm hoping to. I hope many of my blog friends are still active. Jim, Mapgirl, 2Million? I'm talking to you guys.
Back to this CFP test stuff. You know when you are studying hard with a singular focus, and that singular focus passes, it's awfully difficult to continue the studies. Why should you have to? Well, what if you don't pass? Then what? It's two months since you picked up a book, and now you have two months to cram for the test again? Ouch.
So, all along I'm thinking, "maybe I should keep studying. I mean, it's good stuff to know anyway. And worst case scenario, I don't pass, but I'm really on track to take it again right away." But are you kidding me? I'm just not that guy.
As it was, two months goes by. I have been using much of my newfound financial planning knowledge on a daily basis, but the stuff that you need to know for the test? hardly. I know all along that I'm in for a dreadful next two months if I have to retake this madness.
I'm going about my business. The anxiety of wanting to know the results has really gone to the back burner. I'm not studying, not thinking much about it. Then my world gets rocked with one email subject line, "Status of Results for the CFP(R) Certification Exam."
Inside, it goes on to say that the results will be posted by the end of next week.
You bastards. You sent me an email to tell me that I have another week to be nervous?
Well, that week ended today. This time the email subject line read, "CFP(R) Certification Examination Results Posted." Yikes. I think I just missed a heartbeat.
I click on the email, follow the link to the login page, and wait for the site to load. And I wait.
And I wait. And I wait. And I... well, go get some lunch.
And I wait. Yea, I'm hitting Refresh, and all the stuff that you are supposed to do. But you have everyone trying to login at the same time, you see.
I call my Fiancee, and now she's all nervous for me. I tell my co-workers that the results are posted, but I can't get to them. Now they're all nervous for me.
I go in to a client meeting. I come out and try to login... and I wait.
I'm doing some work, and I notice that my browser isn't searching. Like it found what it was looking for:
"Secure CFP Board Account Login"
I type in my username, and password, and click "go." And I wait. And I wait. "You piece of sh-" and it loads!
"Welcome!" it reads. "Congratulations Mr. (my name). You have Passed the July 20-21, 2007 CFP®
Certification Examination. The next requirement for CFP® certification
is to provide evidence that you hold a bachelor's degree (or higher)
from a regionally-accredited U.S. college or university."