Course Description: The AWMA® program is designed for advisors who want to better address the unique needs of high net worth clients. With this designation in your arsenal of knowledge you’ll be able to help clients capitalize on opportunities to preserve, grow, and transfer their wealth. You’ll gain the confidence to optimize clients’ investments to achieve their goals while minimizing investment volatility.
The program’s one-of-a-kind curriculum contains sections dedicated to behavioral finance, working with small business owners, and succession/exit planning. There is also an entire module specifically dedicated to the fiduciary and regulatory issues facing advisors. Because the curriculum for the AWMA® program is entirely graduate level, graduates can test out of 2 (of 6) courses in the College’s CFP Certification Professional Education Program and receive credit toward an MS in Personal Financial Planning.
What benefits does the AWMA® Program offer?
"Because of my AWMA® designation, I am now working with higher net worth clients, which allows me to work with fewer individuals while substantially increasing my income. Because my clients feel that I offer more individual attention and a top notch level of service, I’ve received an increase in quality referrals." – Paul R.
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.
Module 1. Getting to Know Your High Net Worth Client
Chapter 1. Who is the high net worth client?
Chapter 2. Establishing Trust
Chapter 3. Teamwork
Chapter 4. Meeting the Client’s Goals
Module 2. Investment Risk, Return, and Performance
Chapter 1. Risk
Chapter 2. The Risk/Return Relationship
Chapter 3. Managing Risk in Portfolios
Chapter 4. Measuring Investment Performance
Module 3. Advanced Investment Products and Strategies
Chapter 1. Investment Strategy
Chapter 2. Real Estate
Chapter 3. Hedge Funds
Chapter 4. Private Equity and Managed Futures
Chapter 5. Addressing the Impact of Behavioral Finance
Module 4. Considerations for Business Owners
Chapter 1. The Legal Forms of Doing Business
Chapter 2. Retirement Plans
Chapter 3. Property and Liability Risk Issues for High Net Worth Clients
Chapter 4. Personal, Security, and Professional Risks
Chapter 5. Life and Disability Insurance for the Wealthy Client
Chapter 6. Exit Planning for the Small Business Owner
Module 5. Income Tax Planning for High Net Worth Clients
Chapter 1. Tax Planning Situations
Chapter 2. Taxes and Investments
Module 6. Executive Benefits Planning for High Net Worth Clients
Chapter 1. Introduction to Nonqualified Plans
Chapter 2. Methods of Funding
Chapter 3. Types of Nonqualified Plans Used for Retirement Funding
Chapter 4. Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plans and Taxation
Chapter 5. Other Forms of Executive Compensation
Module 7. Estate Planning for High Net Worth Clients
Chapter 1. The Nature of Estate Planning
Chapter 2. Federal Transfer Taxes
Chapter 3. Inter Vivos and Testamentary Transfers
Chapter 4. Tax Reduction Techniques
Chapter 5. Asset Protection Strategies
Chapter 6. Business Succession Planning
Module 8. Fiduciary and Regulatory Issues for Financial Services Professionals
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: PSI, Prometric, 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.
A complete list of requirements, testing information, and the College’s complete list of Policies & Procedures can be found here.
There are additional requirements to obtain and maintain authorization to use this designation.
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 Monday & Wednesday
Monday, January 8, 2018
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Classes meet each Tuesday and Thursday
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Thursday, May 10, 2018
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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 email@example.com.
The College has a wide variety of program scholarships available. Visit our Scholarships Page for more information.
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.