A chartered financial analyst (CFA) is a globally-recognized professional designation given by the CFA Institute, (formerly the AIMR--Association for Investment Management and Research), that measures and certifies the competence and integrity of financial analysts. Candidates are required to pass three levels of exams covering areas such as accounting, economics, ethics, money management, and security analysis.
Certified Financial Planner™ certification is the standard of excellence in financial planning.CFP® professionals meet rigorous education, training and ethical standards, and are committed to serving their clients best interests today to prepare them for a more secure tomorrow.
A certified public accountant (CPA) is a designation provided to licensed accounting professionals. The CPA license is provided by the Board of Accountancy for each state. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) provides resources on obtaining the license. The CPA designation helps enforce professional standards in the accounting industry.
Investment advisory representatives (IARs) are licensed and authorized personnel who work for investment advisory companies and are permitted to work with clients. The primary responsibility of an IAR is to provide investment-related advice as a financial advisor or financial planner.
In order to become an IAR, individuals must pass the appropriate licensing exam or exams and register with the appropriate regulatory bodies.
Most investment professionals spend countless hours in sales and technical training, yet little time is devoted to developing their knowledge of the fiduciary standards of care for investment advisors. Two designations offered by the Center for Fiduciary Studies, a division of Fi360, give financial advisors the opportunity to enhance their fiduciary knowledge and demonstrate that they are serious about their fiduciary responsibilities. The Center for Fiduciary Studies offers the designations of Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) and Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst (AIFA).
A Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC) is someone with a professional financial planning designation awarded by the College for Financial Planning. CRPCs are focused on retirement planning. The CRPC program is developed with a focus on client-centered problem-solving. Applicants gain in-depth knowledge of individuals' needs both before and after retirement. The College for Financial Planning describes the program as helping financial planners and advisers define and create a "road map for retirement" for their clients.
A professional designation awarded by the IARFC to financial consultants who meet the high standards of education, experience, and ethics.
Applicant must have a sound record of business integrity with no suspension or revocation of any professional designations or licenses. Must be in good standing with all licensing bodies and organizations.
Applicants must subscribe and adhere to the IARFC Code of Ethics.
All RFC® designated members must agree to devote a minimum of 40 units every two years of professional Continuing Education in the field of personal finance and professional practice management. Four units every two years must be devoted to ethics
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*Series registrations: Series 6 (Investment Company and Variable Contracts Representative), 7 (General Securities Representative), 63 (Uniform Securities Agent State Law), 65 (Uniform Registered Investment Adviser Law), 66 (Uniform Investment Adviser – Combined State Laws)