Although the financial crisis has made the public more wary about financial issues, the demand for financial planners is expected to continue growing. However, proven credibility and trust are essential to a successful future in financial planning.
Xavier University’s Executive Certificate in Financial Planning enables for financial planners to obtain industry recognized credentials, through an accelerated education and preparation program – building knowledge and enhancing client confidence.
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Financial markets are complex and dynamic. Financial professionals must continually update their knowledge and skills to help clients manage their financial assets and minimize financial risks to achieve their goals. Whether you are new to the financial services industry or a seasoned financial services professional, this program is designed to be equally beneficial. An outstanding faculty presents the material in a manner that is clear, concise and understandable. The program will focus on the technical aspects, practical application, ethical and professionalism of financial planning.
Completing this program meets the education requirements needed to sit for the CFP Certification Examination, and prepares you to be successful taking the test.
Build credibility with clients through continuing to develop your financial expertise, and demonstrating your knowledge through industry recognized certification.
This program is for professionals in the brokerage, insurance, accounting, banking, and related industries. Participants in this certificate program must have a four-year degree. Any requests for exceptions to the above admissions requirements must be made in writing to the Program Director.
Develop your knowledge, credibility, earning power and career potential through this professional certification program by:
The topics covered by this program are:
For more information on the CFP exam please visit the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards.
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Fundamentals and Ethical Considerations & Insurance and Employee Benefits
This course will introduce students to the theory and practice of financial planning. Students will receive an overview of specific areas of financial planning such as income tax planning, investment planning, retirement planning and estate planning. In addition, the course will present topics on the concepts of time value of money, education and retirement funding, and insurance planning. A financial calculator such as an HP 12C is required for this course.
This course introduces investment strategies, portfolio allocation theory and application, debt and equity securities, and portfolio management strategies. This course will also emphasize the importance of determining a client’s risk tolerance and goals and then managing an investment portfolio that incorporates a client’s level of risk, while achieving their goals.
Income Tax Planning
This course will focus on the federal income tax system. Topics will include gross income inclusions, exclusions, deductions, exemptions and credits. This course will consider the income taxation of individuals, sole proprietorships, partnerships, LLCs, and corporations (including S corporations). Finally, this course will present the students with taxation avoidance and minimization alternatives.
This course includes the comprehensive study of qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, other tax-advantaged plans, and employee benefits. In addition, this course will present an overview of the social security, disability, and health care program.
This course will provide students with an introduction to estate planning and the taxation of estates for the purposes of financial planning. In addition, the overall tax implications of gifts and bequests will be presented in a manner that provides students with taxation avoidance and minimization techniques to be used when planning a client’s estate.
Capstone Case Course in Financial Planning
This course will involve case analysis and the integration of the six major areas of personal financial planning, which include:
Students will examine the financial condition of individuals or families in a real-world application of the financial planning topics that have been covered in the previous five courses. Students will have the opportunity to develop a financial plan and present their recommendations. The course is an excellent preparation tool for professionals entering the field and for case type questions on the CFP® Certification Examination.
The Education requirement can be fulfilled by successfully completing Xavier’s Certificate in Financial Planning program. Certain professionals such as a Ph.D., D.B.A., JD, CFA, CPA, ChFC or CLU may challenge the exam. Once you become a CFP®certificant, you will be required to complete 30 hours of continuing education every two years.
The CFP® Certification Examination is given three times per year in March, July, and November. The national pass rate on the examination is approximately 50%. Based on a 1999 Job Topic Study, CFP Board issues a topic list covering 89 areas a candidate should be prepared to answer at the evaluation level or lower.
The education and experience requirements changed effective January 2007. In order to receive CFP® certification, the candidate must earn three years of related work experience. This experience must be completed in the ten years preceding the exam or five years after the exam. In addition, the candidate must also have a bachelor’s degree, in any discipline, from a regionally-accredited U.S. college or university.
Upon successful completion of all required courses, participants will receive a certificate of completion from Xavier University. Xavier is registered by CFP Board. Students who successfully complete the Executive Certificate will be eligible to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination