What is a CRPS®? A CHARTERED RETIREMENT PLANNING SPECIALISTSM, or CRPS®, certification from the College for Financial Planning indicates that the holder has completed a rigorous course of study that addresses design, installation, maintenance and administration of retirement plans. Individuals must pass an end-of-course examination that tests their ability to synthesize complex concepts and apply theoretical concepts to real-life situations. Additionally, individuals must agree to adhere to standards of professional conduct, and are subject to a disciplinary process.