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.

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. The Asset Management Process

Chapter 2. Establishing an Investment Policy Statement (IPS)

Chapter 3. Dealing With Change

Module 2. Risk, Return & Investment Performance

Chapter 1. Risk

Chapter 2. The Risk/Return Relationship

Chapter 3. Managing Risk in Portfolios

Chapter 4. Measuring Investment Performance

Module 3. 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 4. 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 5. Taxation of Investments

Chapter 1. Taxes & Investments

Chapter 2. General Income Tax Principles

Chapter 3. Taxation of Investment Products

Module 6. Investing for 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

Module 7. Deferred Compensation and Other Benefit Plans

Chapter 1. Comparison of Qualified versus Nonqualified 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

Module 8. 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


Module 9. 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 10. Fiduciary, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues for Advisers

Chapter 1. History of U.S. Financial Regulation

Chapter 2. Forces Changing Financial Services

Chapter 3. The Fiduciary Standard

Chapter 4. Formal Ethical Codes and the Investment Professional

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

    Our online instructor-led eCampus at

    Classes meet each Tuesday & Thursday.

  • Mon

    AAMS Online Program

    Our online instructor-led eCampus at

    Classes meet each Monday & Wednesday.

A complete list of classes can be found here.