Accredited Asset Management Specialist℠

Professional Designation Program

AAMS Program

Program Summary:

The Accredited Asset Management SpecialistSM or AAMS® professional education program is an ideal program for new advisors looking to give more comprehensive financial advice and build stronger client relationships.

Many of the country’s top investment firms were involved in developing the AAMS® program, making it uniquely suited to the needs of today’s investment professionals. At the conclusion of your studies, your abilities to identify opportunities and employ strategies is enhanced not only with regard to investments, but also related to planning for insurance, tax, retirement, and estate issues.

Why choose the AAMS® Program?

  • AAMS® graduates report yearly increases to their earnings, job satisfaction, and number of clients.
  • There are more than 19,447 AAMS® graduates and the program is widely recognized and encouraged by many top financial firms.
  • Graduates of the AAMS® program qualify to test out of up to 1/3 of our CFP Certification Professional Education Program.
  • AAMS® graduates also have the unique additional opportunity to pursue the AWMA® designation via the accelerated “AWMA® Challenger” program. Contact us for details.

The AAMS® program is by far the best that I have come across. It is informative, precise, extremely well written, and it has immediate theoretical and practical values. This program gave me more knowledge to help structure my communication with my clients. The AAMS®  program should be a requirement for anyone involved in asset allocation and money management.  – Lev R.

Course Topics:

Module 1. The Asset Management Process

Chapter 1. Building Relationships

Chapter 2. Step 1: Gathering Data

Chapter 3. Step 2: Establishing Financial Goals

Chapter 4. Step 3: Analyzing Information

Chapter 5. Step 4: Making & Implementing Recommendations

Chapter 6. Step 5: Monitoring Performance

Module 2. Investors, Policy & Change

Chapter 1. The Client’s Attitudes Toward Money & Investing

Chapter 2. Establishing an Investment Policy Statement (IPS)

Chapter 3. Dealing With Change

Module 3. Risk, Return & Investment Performance

Chapter 1. Risk

Chapter 2. The Risk/Return Relationship

Chapter 3. Managing Risk in Portfolios

Chapter 4. The Time Value of Money

Chapter 5. Measuring Investment Performance

Module 4. Asset Allocation & Selection

Chapter 1. Asset Allocation

Chapter 2. Asset Classes, Characteristics & Performance

Chapter 3. Stock Valuation Methods

Chapter 4. Bond Valuation Methods

Chapter 5. Fundamental Analysis

Chapter 6. Technical Analysis & Market Timing

Module 5. Investment Strategies

Chapter 1. The Importance of Strategy

Chapter 2. Buy-and-Hold: The Benchmark Strategy

Chapter 3. Timing Strategies

Chapter 4. The Contrarian Strategy

Chapter 5. Value Investing

Chapter 6. Growth Stock Investing

Chapter 7. Small Stock Investing

Chapter 8. Active versus Passive Management

Chapter 9. Bond Strategies

Chapter 10. The Enemies of Effective Strategy

Module 6. Taxation of Investment Products

Chapter 1. Taxes & Investments

Chapter 2. General Income Tax Principles

Chapter 3. Taxation of Investment Products

Module 7. Investment Opportunities for an Individual's Retirement

Chapter 1. Assessing Retirement Needs

Chapter 2. Sources of Retirement Income

Chapter 3. Accumulating Capital for Retirement

Chapter 4. Accumulating Retirement Funds in Tax-Deferred Arrangements

Chapter 5. Retirement Distributions

Chapter 6. Investment Planning During Retirement

Chapter 7. Other Sources of Retirement Income

Chapter 8. Investment & Money Management Strategies for the Frail Elderly

Chapter 9. Inherited Wealth

Module 8. Investment Considerations for Small-Business Owners

Chapter 1. Models of Typical Small-Business Life Cycles

Chapter 2. Implications for the Investment Professional

Chapter 3. The Financing Stages of the Growing Business

Chapter 4. The Legal Forms of Doing Business

Chapter 5. Opportunities to Serve the Small-Business Client

Chapter 6. Retirement Plans

Chapter 7. Risk Management: Insurance & Diversification

Chapter 8. Valuation & Disposition of the Small Business

Chapter 9. Lifetime Cash Flow Planning for the Small-Business Owner

Module 9. Deferred Compensation & Other Benefit Plans for Key Executives

Chapter 1. Comparison of Qualified versus Non-qualified Plans

Chapter 2. Methods of Funding

Chapter 3. Types of Nonqualified Plans Used for Retirement Funding

Chapter 4. Life Insurance Plans

Chapter 5. Equity-Based, Incentive Compensation Plans

Chapter 6. Issues on Severance Payments

Chapter 7. Publicly Held Corporation’s Compensation Deduction Limitation

Module 10. Insurance Products for Investment Clients

Chapter 1. The Purposes of Life Insurance

Chapter 2. Measuring the Need for Life Insurance

Chapter 3. Types of Life Insurance

Chapter 4. Settlement Options

Chapter 5. Annuities

Chapter 6. Life Insurance Decision Making

Module 11. Estate Planning for Investment Clients

Chapter 1. The Nature & Objectives of Estate Planning

Chapter 2. Estate Transfer Taxes

Chapter 3. Estate Transfer Techniques During Life (inter vivos)

Chapter 4. Estate Transfer Techniques at Death (Testamentary)

Chapter 5. Planning for Incapacity

Module 12. Regulatory & Ethical Issues for the Investment Professional

Chapter 1. Ethical Behavior & the Modern Securities Industry

Chapter 2. Current Regulatory & Ethical Issues

Chapter 3. Duties Owed to the Client

Chapter 4. Formal Ethical Codes & the Investment Professional

Chapter 5. Closing the Circle: Ethical Behavior & the Asset Management Process

Course Details:

The AAMS® program is delivered via the College’s exclusive MyChoice learning platform. The AAMS® curriculum is worth 28 hours of continuing education credit with some organizations.

Students typically complete their studies within 9-11 weeks, although your completion time may be faster or slower than the duration cited.

To complete the program, students have to successfully pass the course’s final exam at one of our approved testing centers: PSI,  Prometric , or ISO Quality Testing. The first examination is included as part of your enrollment. Subsequent examination attempts are $100 each. Students must  attempt the exam within six months of enrollment and have one year to complete the program. Full enrollment details can be found here.

Additional requirements exist to obtain and maintain authorization to use the designation.

Live Course Dates

The next live course will be offered during these dates. Remember that you can enroll and begin at any time using pre-recorded course lectures.

  • Tue

    AAMS Online Program

    Adobe Connect Online

    Classes meet each Tuesday & Thursday.

  • Mon

    AAMS Online Program

    Adobe Connect Online

    Classes meet each Monday & Wednesday.

A complete list of classes can be found here.