AAMS® or Accredited Asset Management Specialist℠

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Course Description: The Accredited Asset Management SpecialistSM or AAMS® Program is a professional designation program for financial professionals. The program provides advisors with a strong fundamental financial knowledge with an additional focus on asset management.


It’s an ideal educational program for new advisors as well as those looking to build stronger client relationships and provide more comprehensive advice. Students will learn to identify new investment opportunities as well as to recognize insurance, tax, retirement, and estate issues.

What benefits does the AAMS® Program offer?

  • Earn an industry-recognized designation encouraged by top firms and specifically designed for newer advisors.
  • Graduates report a 20% increase in earnings in addition to increases to their number of clients and even their job satisfaction.
  • Master the entire asset management process and learn to avoid costly regulatory and ethical mistakes.
  • Graduates can test out of 2 (of 6) courses in 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.

  • The AAMS® designation is the industry-benchmark for asset management credentials and is encouraged by the top firms in the industry.
  • Help your clients to maintain and grow their assets via risk, return, & investment performance.
  • Learn to work with individual clients, small businesses, as well as investment clients.
  • Obtain up to 45 hours of CE credit for completion.

Course Details

Why Enroll?

How does the AAMS® Program work?

The College’s professional designation programs all feature open enrollment. You can enroll and begin whenever you like. While we offer periodic live classes, these are completely optional and are available to all students at no additional charge.


When you enroll you will receive immediate access to the College’s exclusive online student portal. Within this portal you will find copies of your written study materials, streaming video lectures, downloadable MP3’s, interactive quizzes, and even access to live classes when they are in session. You will also be able to contact your professor with questions or issues.


All of these things are included with your enrollment and we pride ourselves on not charging for additional 3rd party books, online functionality, access to professors, etc.

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

  • 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


Students must successfully pass the course’s single final examination within one year of their enrollment date. Final exams can be administered at our approved testing centers: PSIPrometric, 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.

Policies & Procedures:

A complete list of requirements, testing information, and the College’s complete list of Policies & Procedures can be found here.

Conferment Requirements

There are additional requirements to obtain and maintain authorization to use this 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.

Classes meet each Tuesday and Thursday

Start Date:

End Date:

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Classes meet each Monday and Wednesday

Start Date:

End Date:

Monday, April 16, 2018

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

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It’s incredibly easy to enroll and begin your studies immediately! By clicking Enroll Now, you will be prompted to create a user account and enter payment information. Within just a few minutes of enrolling you will have full access to all of your course study tools.
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What payment options are available?

The College for Financial Planning accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express.  If you would like to pay by check or money order contact an enrollment specialist for more information.

If you are currently employed in the financial services industry you may be eligible for a discount. The best way to learn more about any potential discounts or additional enrollment options is to contact our enrollment team at 1-800-237-9990 x 3 or at enroll@cffp.edu.


The College has a wide variety of program scholarships available. Visit our Scholarships Page for more information.

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CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM, and CFP (with flame logo)® are certification marks owned by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. The College for Financial Planning does not certify individuals to use the CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM or CFP (with flame logo)® certification marks. CFP® certification is granted only by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards to those persons who, in addition to completing an education requirement such as this CFP Board-Registered Program, have met its ethics, experience, and examination requirements. Earnings amounts and increases cited relate to individuals already employed in the financial services industry.  They do not constitute guarantees of future results.


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