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ChFC®

Chartered Financial Consultant®

9 Courses: 9 Required / Elective

Listed below are the courses you need
to complete to earn your ChFC® designation.

If you have any questions regarding the courses or the recommended sequence of courses, one of our Professional Education Counselors will be happy to assist you.
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ChFC® Curriculum

Course Name
Course #
Required

 
Financial Planning: Process and Environment
HS 300
 

Provides an overview of the financial planning process, including communication techniques, ethics, risk tolerance, time-value-of-money concepts, financial planning applications, regulatory issues and the legal and economic environment for financial planning. Offers an understanding of the role and responsibilities of a financial planner, along with some analytical skills to aid in financial decision making.

 
Fundamentals of Insurance Planning
HS 311
 

Focuses on the role of planning for insurance needs. Covers basic concepts in risk management and insurance, insurance industry operations, legal principles pertaining to this industry, and regulation of insurers. Examines social insurance, life insurance and annuities, medical and disability income insurance, long-term care insurance and personal property and liability insurance. Concludes with an overview of commercial property and liability insurance and a case study.

 
Income Taxation
HS 321
 

Examines the federal income tax system with particular reference to the taxation of individuals. Covers such concepts as gross income, exclusions from gross income, deductions, tax credits, capital gains and losses, taxation of life insurance and annuities and income taxation of partners, partnerships, corporations and shareholders.

 
Planning for Retirement Needs
HS 326
 

Focuses on selecting the right retirement plan for the business and on individual retirement planning. Covers qualified plans, SEPs, SIMPLEs and 403(b) plans and nonqualified deferred compensation plans. Emphasizes the practical knowledge needed for choosing the best retirement plan, especially for the small business, and designing a plan that will meet a client’s needs. Also covers individual retirement planning including IRAs and Roth IRAs, Social Security benefits, saving for retirement and planning for retirement plan distributions.

 
Investments
HS 328
 

Covers various aspects of the principles of investments and their application to financial planning. Discusses risk analysis and risk and return computations. Looks at stocks, bonds, investment companies, options and futures contracts. Includes an extended discussion of tax issues in investing and issues in the practice of portfolio management, including strategic and tactical asset allocation. Provides many examples of ethical and practical issues in managing a client’s portfolio.

 
Fundamentals of Estate Planning
HS 330
 

Covers various aspects of estate and gift tax planning, including the nature, valuation, transfer, administration and taxation of property. Provides a basic understanding of the estate and gift tax system, including strategies of estate planning. Discusses gratuitous transfers of property outright or with trusts, wills and powers of appointment; use of the marital deduction; valuation of assets; and buy-sell agreements. Covers the client interview, fact finding, ethical standards and development of personal estate plans.

 
Personal Financial Planning: Comp. Case Analysis
HS 333
 

This course applies students’ knowledge and skill set in personal financial planning techniques to a comprehensive case study. Students will integrate core financial planning disciplines of retirement, investment, risk management, income tax, employee benefits and general principles into a prioritized comprehensive financial plan.

 
Applications in Financial Planning I
HS 314
 

Examines the unique challenges associated with business planning; divorce; blended families; special needs; and non-traditional families including issues that affect the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community. Up-to-date content and compelling case studies provide students with a complex yet comprehensive understanding of financial planning in these important areas.

 
Applications in Financial Planning II
HS 319
 

Examines the unique challenges associated with retirement income portfolios; behavioral finance; ethics; and estate planning. Up-to-date content and compelling case studies provide students with a complex yet comprehensive understanding of financial planning in these important areas.



Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, and CFP(with flame logo)® in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements.

The mark ChFC® is the property of The American College and may be used by individuals who have successfully completed the initial and ongoing certification requirements for this designation.