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The American College emphasizes ethical topics throughout all of the study material we produce, but we also offer some specific courses dealing with this important subject. Included in our catalog are courses on ethics for holders of the CFP® Certification (CE 126) and in our Graduate School (GS 831 and GS 980).

CE 100 Making Ethical Decisions as a Financial Services Professional

This class is designed to help individuals recognize how circumstances may tempt them into making an unethical decision that may cause some type of unanticipated harm. This course examines concrete ethical situations that face financial services professionals daily, and helps them develop an ethical awareness of these issues. Students can apply the skills learned in the first section to actual ethical dilemmas that occur in business daily. This course provides tools for effective ethical decision making. Find out how to handle these situations by listening to an expert discuss these issues. Register by logging in to your student account or call 888-263-7265 to speak with a Professional Education Counselor.

Fulfills 3 hours of continuing education for state insurance ethics requirements. This class is subject to state eligibility.

CE 107 Issues in Ethics of Financial Services - IL Only

As of January 1, 2010, all Illinois licensed agents whose license is up for renewal are required to complete at least 3 hours of Ethics Continuing Education classes.

The American College is passionate about helping our students expand their knowledge and opportunities as financial services professionals. The Center for Ethics in Financial Services promotes ethical behavior through program offerings that go beyond the “rules” of market conduct in an effort to help executives and producers be more sensitive to ethical issues and think more critically about ethical solutions.

CE 107 is an interactive three hour course designed for a live classroom setting. A minimum of five participants per class, per location is required. Students listen to insightful lectures, watch and comment on relevant and current ethical scenarios, and participate in a guided discussion. Julie Anne Ragatz, Assistant Professor of Ethics and Associate Director of the Center for Ethics in Financial Services, guides you through the course and provides you with a valuable learning experience backed by The American College. CE 107 meets the 3 hour Illinois state Ethics requirements.

Call one of our Professional Education Counselors today at 888-263-7265 to arrange a class for your location.

CE 110 Ethical Issues In Dealing with Elderly Clients

CE 110 is a specialized course designed to deal with ethical issues that emerge when interacting with elderly clients through scenarios, lecture and thought-provoking questions.


Examines the Principles of the CFP® Code of Ethics and engages students in reflecting on the Rules of Conduct and reviewing the Practice Standards. This course was completely revised in 2012.

The course, delivered through The American College online course platform, has been approved for CE ethics credit by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. Includes online delivery with exam.

Register by logging in to your student account or call 888-263-7265 to speak with a Professional Education Counselor.

FA 290 (CE 290) Ethics for the Financial Services Professional

This course provides a practical framework for making ethical business decisions in the financial services industry. This course examines legal, compliance, and practice standards that apply to the financial services professional. The course also investigates ethical approaches to placing financial products, determining suitability, and assessing risk. Concludes with a final exam, which also must be taken if state continuing education credits are sought. Course format is textbook self-study, with online exam (requires a proctor). (Students licensed in New York take paper exams.) Exam is required for state CE credit.

Register by logging in to your student account or call 888-263-7265 to speak with a Professional Education Counselor.

GS 831 Ethics and Human Values

This course approaches ethics and human values from the particular perspective of the ethical responsibilities assumed by the financial services professional. This course focuses on the specific ethical situations encountered by financial services practitioners. Discusses and evaluates these decisions in terms of their adherence to ethical principles, such as integrity, justice and fairness, and responsibility. Focuses on behavior and the implementation of core values through case studies and analysis of ethical dilemmas.

This course is part of the MSFS program. For more information, including an application, please visit the MSFS program page.

GS 980 Ethics in Leadership

This course covers four areas: ethical awareness, ethical analysis/ethical decision making, current ethical issues in the financial services industry, and ethical management in an organization. This class provides the skills required to make reasoned responses to ethical dilemmas, deal with daily and long-term ethical challenges, and build an ethical culture in an organization. The course explores the emotional influence on behavior and decisions, and it explains how to learn from success and failure. In this highly participative course, the leadership candidate is expected to complete both the reading material and written assignments before arriving on campus.

This course is part of the MSM program. For more information, including an application, please visit the MSM program page.


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