Financial advice is a profession that is heavily regulated in the EU. There are two basic modalities to practice the profession of financial adviser, the first is through association with a financial institution and the second through the formation of a company. What leads to being a dependent or independent financial advisor respectively. This article explores the training requirements for financial advisors. It also outlines the necessary steps to practice as an independent financial advisor in the EU, which require obtaining a financial license and forming a company in a European jurisdiction.