Personal Financial Planning Graduate Certificate

18 semester hours of credit (6 courses)

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The College for Financial Planning’s Graduate Certificates provide you with the depth of knowledge necessary in subject areas that are relevant for the true professional, enabling you to not only better serve your clients, but to also have more confidence in the guidance that you do provide. Develop real-world critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are immediately applicable in your practice.

The Personal Financial Planning Graduate Certificate provides a well-rounded approach to the planning process, covering a broad range of topics on the graduate level. Each course is eight weeks in length.

The College for Financial Planning is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member North Central Association. This ensures that all of our graduate programs deliver the highest level of academic rigor possible.

Required Courses:

PFP500: Financial Planning Overview

The financial planning process is covered in this textbook-based course. The readings, assignments, quizzes, and discussions cover legal, ethical, and regulatory issues affecting financial planners. A good overview of time value of money concepts is also covered; so be prepared by obtaining a financial calculator. Finally; principles of insurance and risk management are covered and culminate in a case-study risk assessment of a fictional couple.

PFP501: Studies in Risk Management

Delving into insurance concepts, employee benefits, and annuities, this textbook-based course applies the concepts of a variety of insurance needs to the financial planning process through readings, discussions, assignments, and quizzes. Disability income, long-term care, life, and property & life insurance topics are specifically explored and applied to case studies.

PFP502: Studies in Investment Planning

A wide variety of investment products are covered in this textbook-based course, including domestic and foreign securities, mutual funds, and fixed-income assets. Modern portfolio theory, risk and return, and company valuation are explored and calculated. Readings, discussion questions, quizzes, and assignments are required. You will need a financial calculator for this course.

PFP503: Studies in Income Tax Planning

Emphasizing the fundamentals of individual income taxation, this textbook-based course has required assignments and discussions delving into the tax implication of various types of businesses, tax-advantaged investments, employee compensation issues and planning, alternative minimum tax, tax traps, and other taxation subjects.

PFP504: Studies in Retirement Planning

Major retirement-related issues are covered in this course. Discussions and assignments impart knowledge of retirement savings needs analysis, IRAs, qualified retirement plans for large and small employers, Social Security retirement programs, and nonqualified deferred compensation. You will compare and contrast a variety of retirement programs by designing a comparison table. You will also write a paper on retirement plan administration issues, and apply your learning as you prepare a proposal for a hypothetical client as a term project.

PFP505: Studies in Estate Planning

Basic estate planning concepts and techniques are covered in this course. Subjects such as the estate planning process, client interaction about estate planning, basic legal estate planning documents, trusts, lifetime transfers, gift and estate taxation, insurance taxation, and charitable giving.


3 Credit Hour Courses


Student Loans are available

The curriculum is based on a client-centered, problem-solving method using case studies to give you a hands-on approach to the material. The College’s highly qualified faculty is available via telephone or e-mail to support you in your studies.

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