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Certified Financial Planner™ Certification Exam Preparation

August 23, 2014-October 10, 2015

Beginning in 2012 our program will be modified in order to meet the education requirements for CFP® certification which will include completion of a financial plan development course. This capstone course requirement has been designed to enhance the knowledge, skills and abilities of individuals seeking to attain CFP® certification and implement an assessment of their ability to deliver professional and competent financial planning services to the public.

Successful completion of this course will fulfill the educational requirements to sit for the CFP® Certification exam.

Who should pursue a Chancellor's Certificate in Educational Requirements Training for CFP® Certification?

This course is a prerequisite to success for those who want to differentiate themselves in the financial industry, such as:

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

The University of Missouri-St. Louis does not certify individuals to use the CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP® (with flame logo) certification marks. CFP® certification is granted solely by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. to individuals who, in addition to completing an educational requirement such as this CFP Board-Registered Program, have met ethics, experience and examination requirements.

All classes will be held from 8:30 AM-5:00 PM at UMSL West County, 12837 Flushing MNeadows, St. Louis, MO 63131.

Module 1

Financial Planning Process and Insurance | Instructor: Carl Goodin

The course begins with a presentation of the basics that form the foundation of knowledge you need as a working financial services professional. The financial planning process as well as the legal, ethical, and regulatory issues affecting financial planners, and time value of money concepts are covered. The course continues with a discussion of the principles of risk management and insurance, allowing you to identify a client's risk exposure and select appropriate risk management techniques.


Module 2

Investment Planning | Instructor: Dr. Thomas Eyssell

When: 10/18/2014 | 11/1/2014 | 11/15/2014 | 12/6/2014

Class: 8:30 AM-5:00 PM

In this course you'll learn about the wide variety of investment vehicles that may be included in a client's portfolio, as well as client assessment, tax considerations, economic factors, valuation methods, asset allocation techniques, portfolio performance evaluation, and more. Having the knowledge to choose the right investments is essential for implementing your clients' financial plans–and ensuring their confidence in you.


Module 3

Income Tax Planning | Instructor: Greg Geisler

When: 1/10/2015 | 1/24/2015 | 2/7/2015 | 2/21/2015

Class: 8:30 AM-5:00 PM

Because taxes affect virtually every financial decision, having timely knowledge of tax laws and issues greatly enhances your effectiveness as a financial professional-and broadens your opportunities to do business. This course emphasizes the fundamentals of individual income taxation, the tax implications of various types of businesses, tax-advantaged investments, employee compensation issues and planning, alternative minimum tax, tax traps, and more.


Module 4

Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits | Instructor: Jack White

When: 3/7/2015 | 3/21/2015 | 4/4/2015 | 4/18/2015

Class: 8:30 AM-5:00 PM

With more and more Americans expressing concern about how they can be financially comfortable in retirement, it's crucial to your business that you know how to serve their needs in this area. This course covers all the major retirement-related issues: retirement savings need analysis, qualified retirement plan design, Social Security, Medicare, and more. In addition, group life, health, and disability insurance, nonqualified deferred compensation, and other commonly provided employee benefits are examined.


Module 5

Trust and Estate | Instructor: Gary Flotron

When: 5/2/2014 | 5/16/2014 | 5/30/2015 | 6/13/2015

Class: 8:30 AM-5:00 PM

Estate planning is vital to a total financial plan, especially in your work with high-net-worth clients. This course introduces you to the process of developing an estate plan. Topics covered include federal estate and gift taxation, techniques that reduce the size of a gross estate, wills, intestacy, probate, trusts, and more.



Financial Planning Capstone

When: 8/29/2015 | 9/12/2015 | 9/26/2015 | 10/10/2015

Beginning in 2012, the education requirements for CFP® certification will include completion of a financial plan development course registered with CFP Board. This capstone course requirement has been designed to enhance the knowledge, skills and abilities of individuals seeking to attain CFP® certification and implement an assessment of their ability to deliver professional and competent financial planning services to the public.

Class: 8:30 AM-5:00 PM

Who is required to take the capstone course?

All students of CFP Board-Registered Programs whose initial dates of matriculation (initial enrollment) occur on or after January 1, 2014 will be required to take the capstone course. Individuals who register to take the CFP® exam under "Challenge" status will be required to take the capstone course if their first sitting for the exam is March 2015 or later.

When should the capstone course be completed?

This course should be completed at the end of one’s program of study, as the course is designed to require integration and application of content across all financial planning subject areas.

How do I report completion of the capstone course?

When you complete an application for the March 2012 or later administrations of the CFP® Certification Examination, you will be asked to provide information about how you completed CFP Board’s education requirement, including completion of the capstone course, if applicable.

If I take the November exam and do not pass, will I need to take the capstone course before re-taking the exam?

No. Students who complete a CFP Board-Registered Program before November 2011, and those whose initial dates of matriculation (initial enrollment) in a CFP Board-Registered Program occur before January 1, 2012, will not need to take the capstone course in order to re-take the exam. Individuals who "challenge" the exam in November 2011 or earlier will not be required to take the capstone course in order to re-take the exam.



The program fee for all modules is $4925. For information on group discounts, call (314) 516-6750.

The University reserves the right to cancel any program. In the event of cancellation, you will be notified immediately, and all program fees will be returned. If you must cancel the registration, you are entitled to a full refund only if you cancel two weeks prior to the first class. A $100 processing fee will be assessed for later cancellations up to the first class.

The cost of continuing education is deductible for federal income tax purposes under certain circumstances. Check with the IRS or your tax adviser.

Study Guides and Calculator

Books and study guides included in the fee. Calculator’s available for $45 through registration.


You have four ways to register:

Make checks payable to the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

Capstone Review: Finance 3565 Seminar in Financial Planning

This is the credit option for Module 6.

Course Objective

This course integrates material from the courses in the registered financial planning curriculum. Students will learn to analyze complex fact patterns and prepare and present comprehensive, professional-level personal financial plans. This course is required by the Certified Financial Planner™ Board of Standards for those who wish to sit for the CFP® examination. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the content found within the Financial Planning curriculum and effectively apply and integrate this information in the formulation of a financial plan.

Test Dates

The CFP® Certification Examination is scheduled to last 10 hours over a day and a half and is held three times a year, generally on the third Friday and Saturday of March, July and November. The exam consists of one four-hour session on Friday afternoon, and two three-hour sessions on Saturday. Exam locations are available in more than 50 locations around the U.S. Exact location sites are not secured until after the Application Deadline so that we may accommodate all examinees; information about exact exam location sites is provided to examinees approximately two weeks prior to the exam dates through an admission ticket sent by email.

General Information

On average, 78% of students taking the CFP® Exam Preparation Course from UMSL pass the exam. This far exceeds the national pass rate of 53%, and places UMSL in the top tier of exam preparation programs in the country.

The CFP® certification is deemed gold-standard proof of expertise in the personal financial industry. As such, it sets stringent criteria for the practitioner with a 4-year degree wishing to distinguish him or herself from other financial professionals.

The initial requirements for certification are known as the four Es: examination, experience, ethics, and education. The CFP® Board requires all applicants who have met the other three Es to have completed both their bachelor's degree and an approved training program.

The University of Missouri–St. Louis has the much sought-after CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™-Board of Standards, Inc. approval for this educational training and is the only university in St. Louis that has AACSB accreditation in both Business Administration and Accounting. Many financial practitioners are finding that our seasoned instructors, coupled with quality study material, enable them to complete the exam preparation in months rather than years.

Our team of course instructors carries credentials such as CFP, CPA, PhD, CEO, CLU, ChFC, AEP, JD, CLTC, RFC, CVA, and CFE, and has current, real-world expertise. Since the testing for CFP certification heavily relies on the practical application of case studies, having experienced instructors will give you an edge.

Using the curriculum of the College for Financial Planning, this course covers all topics that the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards requires. If you have decided to differentiate yourself by becoming a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner, spend 20 Saturdays with our knowledgeable instructors.

This structured plan of study led by seasoned professionals, coupled with your determination and discipline, will greatly increase your chances of success on the exam. Through March 2007, 78% of first-time test takers who followed the College's curriculum passed the exam for CFP® certification, as opposed to 64% of all other test takers. (College of Financial Planning)

This course is a prerequisite to success for those who want to differentiate themselves in the financial industry, such as accountants; CPAs; security industry regulators; financial consultants; HR professionals; insurance experts; financial planners; bankers; trust officers; investment specialists; tax professionals and strategists; insurance industry regulators; retirement planners; benefit authorities; attorneys; and other individuals who deal in trusts, estates, and other fiduciary matters.