Credentials & Designations

Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®)

The ChFC® designation has been a mark of excellence for financial planners for almost thirty years and currently requires more courses than any other financial planning credential. The curriculum covers extensive education and application training in all aspects of financial planning, income taxation, investments, and estate and retirement planning.

Certified Financial Planner (CFP®)

The CFP® certification is one of the top generalist marks financial planners can earn. This high-quality, rigorous program covers a broad base of financial planning subject areas and trains certificants in the discipline of financial planning.

Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®)

Since 1927, the CLU® has been the respected risk management credential for advisors. Designees have completed eight or more college-level courses representing an average study time of 400 hours. Topics for required courses include insurance and financial planning, life insurance law, estate planning, and planning for business owners and professionals. Elective courses include such advanced topics as income taxes, group benefits, retirement planning, and health insurance. CLU® designees must meet experience and continuing education requirements and must adhere to a high ethical standard. The mark is awarded by The American College, a non-profit educator with the top level of academic accreditation.

Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®)

The advisor earning the CAP® designation has taken three graduate school courses in philanthropy including planning for impact in the context of family wealth, charitable strategies, and gift planning in a nonprofit context. The courses are offered through the Irwin Graduate School of The American College, a non-profit educator founded in 1927 and the highest level of academic accreditation. CAP® advisors must meet experience, ethics, and continuing education requirements to use the credential.

Chartered Advisor for Senior Living (CASL®)

The CASL® credential provides advisors with in-depth training on issues impacting seniors and those planning for retirement. The designation incorporates five required, college-level courses that represent an average total study time of more than 250 hours. Topics include investments, estate planning, health and long-term care financing, and financial decisions for retirement. CASL® designees must meet experience, continuing education and ethics requirements. The credential is awarded by The American College, a non-profit educator founded in 1927 and the top level of academic accreditation.

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