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  • 1.  CCIFP Exam

    Posted 03-09-2019 09:02

    Hi all,

    I am in the beginning stages to prep for my CCIFP exam. There are so many resources, the CCIFP Overview Seminar....The Book, the Building Profits magazines, the study guide... I am not sure where to start. It all seems overwhelming, and I know those are all great resources. Does anyone have any advice on where to start initially? I am not even sure what to study exactly.

    I would like to find a study group, but I am not sure if there are any local ones.



    Brooke Vance
    Merit Electric, Inc.
    Fort Collins, CO
    (970) 554-0039

  • 2.  RE: CCIFP Exam

    Posted 03-10-2019 07:19
    I would love this information too.

    Diane Graham
    Accounting Manager
    Provost Construction

  • 3.  RE: CCIFP Exam

    Posted 03-10-2019 09:49
    Start by taking the exam so that you will find out how much you know. If you are unsuccessful, you'll get your scores back and you'll know where to concentrate your study. Worse case is you'll pay a few hundred dollars I retake fees. Best case is you might pass or you'll save dozens of hours of hours of studying in areas you are already proficient.

    Chuck Elyea, CCIFP
    Founder, ShareMyToolbox

  • 4.  RE: CCIFP Exam

    Posted 03-10-2019 10:31
    I would suggest you sign up for the prep class and if possible as a part of that join a study group. While you are waiting for the class to start,  read the book. Take the magazines to work and read during lunch or when you have a few minutes. Total immersion will get you in the right mindset for the exam

    William Miranda BS
    Denver CO
    (303) 892-1973

  • 5.  RE: CCIFP Exam

    Posted 03-11-2019 06:48
    I took and passed the exam last fall.  I'll share my process and, hopefully, that will help you get started.

    I started out with taking the overview webinar offered by CFMA.  The overview is very broad information, so I did not find it as an end all study source.  It showed me the areas that I was proficient on and which areas I needed to focus my studying on.  For example, I work in public accounting, so I'm was already proficient on the financial reporting and tax portions of the exam.  The overview showed me that I needed a little additional study time on the insurance and governmental contract information.

    Once taking the overview course, I sat down with "The Book" and started reading.  I tried to at least skim the whole book, but must admit that I did not make it through every chapter.  I really focused in on the areas I learned I was not proficient in during the overview webinar.

    Good luck with taking the exam.

    Dennis J. Shindle, Jr. CPA, CCIFP
    Senior Manager
    Rotz & Stonesifer, P.C.
    Chambersburg PA
    (717) 264-5961

  • 6.  RE: CCIFP Exam

    Posted 03-11-2019 17:15

    I strongly urge you to prepare for the exam. I agree with previous comments that the CCIFP Overview Seminar is valuable as and will show you the areas you need to concentrate on. Study Groups are also great if you have one available. The Colorado Chapter has been a leader in this approach.

    When I took the exam, I self-assessed what knowledge domains I had experience with as opposed to those I did not. For those that I did not, I studied the related chapters in the Book.

    Becoming a CCIFP will expand your professional knowledge and greatly enhance your credibility. I applaud your effort and wish you success with the exam.

    Herb Brownett CCIFP
    Brownett & Associates LLC
    West Chester PA
    (610) 823-7615

  • 7.  RE: CCIFP Exam

    Posted 03-12-2019 10:08

    18 months ago the board of ICCIFP revised the exam retake policy reducing the waiting period from 6 months to 2 weeks and the retake fee from $600 to $300.  The intent of this revision was to encourage more people to take the exam without overly penalizing unsuccessful attempts.  Yes, it can be very overwhelming to study for the exam and the average person spends about 40 hours of prep time.  However, CFMA has done an excellent job with the newest overview course/study guide so preparation has never been easier than it is now. 


    That being said, depending on the test-taker's knowledge level and experience, it's very possible to take the exam cold and pass it.  If you are unsuccessful, the worst case is you pay a $300 retake fee, wait 2 weeks and reschedule your exam at any of 500 testing centers nationwide.  In the meantime, there are excellent CFMA resources to target the areas where your knowledge was insufficient. 


    Chuck Elyea, CCIFP

    Founder/CEO, ShareMyToolbox


  • 8.  RE: CCIFP Exam

    Posted 03-14-2019 17:35
    This was my process as well, and it worked for me! if nothing else, i think "The Book" is a fantastic resource, and i still refer to mine regularly. Our local chapter has occasionally offered an in person prep class also.

    Juli Riles CCIFP
    (916) 368-0336

  • 9.  RE: CCIFP Exam

    Posted 03-12-2019 09:31
    Edited by Elizabeth Lachowicz 03-12-2019 11:32
    You can save 33% this month on a recording of the recent CCIFP Overview Seminar online course which comes with a robust Participant Guide and a Study Guide that identifies key areas of "The Book" to study, as well as study tips and techniques.  Also in the Study Guide are two mobile tools:  an online Practice Exam and flashcards.  Study groups can be local, though your chapter or virtual (post in the Cafe' that you are looking to form a group).  The Study Guide has best practices to get the most out of the group effort - which in addition to deepening your knowledge provides a networking opportunity. We wish you every success in earning your CCIFP credentials.  Use coupon code: NEWYOU33 to save 33% on this or any recorded session.  For further information contact or check out CCIFP Overview Seminar

    Elizabeth Lachowicz
    Director, Education
    Princeton NJ
    (609) 452-8000

  • 10.  RE: CCIFP Exam

    Posted 03-13-2019 09:23
    I took the exam and passed this past October. In addition to obtaining the credential, my goal was to get the most out of the studying process. I would recommend obtaining the CCIFP Study Guide which includes a proficiency self assessment. That will tell you where to focus your studying. I read the chapters in the book where needed, took the overview seminar, then took the practice exam. Once I was comfortable with the results of my practice exam, I signed up to take exam.

    Jeff Oscarson, CCIFP
    Chief Financial Officer
    Sid Grinker Restoration, Inc
    1719 Vel R. Phillips Ave.
    Milwaukee, WI 53212
    Office Phone: (414) 264-7470
    Cell Phone: (414) 217-0105
    Fax: (414) 263-1316

  • 11.  RE: CCIFP Exam

    Posted 03-13-2019 11:10
    I am interested in taking the exam.  Where would one go to take the practice exam? And where is the CCIFP study Guide found.  Thanks for the help

    Vania Schomp BA
    Alpine Painting
    Paterson NJ
    (973) 279-3200

  • 12.  RE: CCIFP Exam

    Posted 03-13-2019 11:36
    Good for you, Vania, for wanting to earn your credentials.  The Practice Exam (100 questions) is one of the tools in the CCIFP Study Guide.  You can buy the study guide separately, or receive it along with a hardy Participant Guide as part of the CCIFP Overview Seminar which is now available at a 33% discount until 3/31/19.  Use coupon code:   NEWYOU33.  Good luck with your studies.  Let us know how you do.
    You will find more info here:  CCIFP Certification Info & Exam Prep Resources

    Elizabeth Lachowicz
    Director, Education
    Princeton NJ
    (609) 452-8000