What is an ADPA®? An ACCREDITED DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP ADVISORSM, or ADPA®, designation from the College for Financial Planning indicates that the holder has completed a course of study that addresses wealth transfers, federal taxation, retirement planning, and planning for financial and medical end-of-life needs for domestic partners. Additionally, individuals must pass an end-of-course examination, agree to adhere to standards of professional conduct, are subject to a disciplinary process and must complete 16 hours of continuing education training every two years.