How to enter
Entry is limited to a person with a recognized professional designation who is in good standing with a financial planning association or other professional body. Submissions are open to anyone wishing to enter and are in no way limited to users of PlanPlus or members of a specific association. Download an information package.
The first step is to register. A modest fee of $50 US is required when you register. Once registered, we will be able to keep you apprised of all developments. You will also receive an Official Competitor Number by email. You will need to record this number on your entry when you submit it between March 25 and May 14, 2019. Each advisor is restricted to one entry. To register now CLICK HERE as the number of competitors will be capped.
Only finalists will be required to submit the actual plan document on which their submission was based. This is because the entry process starts with an Initial Submission process that solicits information from you about your plan. Judges use an Initial Submission Rubric to evaluate and score your submission.
Pursuant to financial planning practice standards, the advisor must have an engagement agreement in place to ensure that full disclosure of all material facts has been made to the client. This includes but is not limited to: how the planner is compensated, disclosure of all commissions, fees, etc. as well as disclosure of any conflicts of interest. Failure to meet this requirement will result in disqualification of the entry.
All recommendations made to the client must be clearly in the best interests of the client.
If in the opinion of the judges, there is no current entry that meets the standard envisioned in creating the award, then no award will be presented in that region for the current year.
No PlanPlus employees or affiliates are permitted to enter. Advisors that have an immediate working relationship with any judge (i.e. in the same office) are restricted from participating.
Submissions will be accepted between March 25 and May 14, 2019. The finalists at the Initial Submission phase will be notified by June 4th. They will be required to send in the plan that their entry is based on by June 11th.
The top scoring finalists will be notified by July 2nd. They will need to prepare their online Presentation by July 8th. It should be up to 30 minutes in length. The judges will use the Presentation rubric to score and comment on the Presentation.
Winners will be publicly announced on our website on July 24, 2019.
PlanPlus reserves the right to act as the sole interrupter to clarify any rules that are unclear. Our goal is to provide a forum for planners to be judged based solely on the quality of their work. We will make every aspect of the competition as fair, transparent and as equitable as possible.
Note: The competition is now closed for registrations and submissions