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Isabelle Gonthier, PhD

Vice President, Certification

As Vice President, Certification, Isabelle ensures that individuals who earn and maintain CFP® certification and FPSC Level 1® Certification in Financial Planning meet rigorous certification requirements and the highest standards of excellence. She is responsible for development and oversight of financial planning competencies, creation and execution of the CFP examination and FPSC Level 1 examination, new certification and renewal requirements, and FPSC’s Stakeholder Support team.

With expertise in assessment, testing, measurement, research, statistics and data analysis, Isabelle brings vital current research findings and psychometric and statistical expertise to FPSC’s applied testing and assessment programs.

Throughout her career, Isabelle has managed the development and administration of national licensure and certification examinations and assessment tools for various professions in the financial, health, and information technology sectors. She has facilitated numerous committees with participants from across the country (including competency profile development, blueprint development, item writing, and standard setting) and has managed complex projects involving diverse teams of internal and external specialists. Isabelle has delivered competency-based training programs in Canada and Asia and has worked with clients in various settings, with a wide range of needs and challenges. 

Isabelle is also Director of Examinations for the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board), which sets and enforces requirements for CFP certification in the US.

Isabelle is Vice Chair of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), which helps to ensure the health, welfare and safety of the public through the accreditation of a variety of individual certification programs that assess professional competency. She holds a PhD in cognitive psychology from the University of Ottawa and is fluently bilingual, working in both English and French.