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Financial services firms don’t just need more workers or managers: they need leaders who are ready and able to step up and take charge. With a CLF®, you’re prepared to showcase the strengths needed to advance yourself and your career.


PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

Tuition

$995 per course

Timing

Complete in 12 months or less

Format

Online synchronous and asynchronous format

Learning Outcomes

Master the fundamental skills of sound leadership strategies that will include:

  • Communication techniques intended to influence behavior effectively while accenting conflict prevention and resolution

  • Identify and manage risks while implementing a successful business strategy

  • Evaluate marketing practices and demonstrate superior decision-making skills

  • Prepare a management proposal that draws on ethical, high-performing principles, processes, and practices

ABOUT THE CLF®

The Chartered Leadership Fellow® (CLF®) program provides financial services managers with the knowledge and tools they need to achieve key organizational goals, such as developing, coaching, and mentoring employees, recognizing and applying appropriate leadership styles, growing self-motivated teams, and dealing with a changing environment. The curriculum features a mix of relevant business courses to prepare you for today's leadership challenges and to help you create a culture of trust, respect, and success in your organization.

 

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM THE CLF®?

The CLF® program is designed for financial services professionals with three years or more of experience in managerial roles who want to expand their knowledge of effective leadership practices, such as:

  • Regional Vice Presidents and Managing Partners 

  • Field Managers and Managing Directors

  • Regional and District Managers

  • Sales and Marketing Managers

 

Program Details

Educational Requirements

There are no prerequisite courses required before you can begin the CLF® program other than a high school diploma or the equivalent; however, three years of relevant business experience accumulated up to four years before completion of the program ARE required to use the designation.

To receive the CLF® designation, you must:

  1. Successfully complete program content in the program
  2. Agree to comply with The American College Code of Ethics and Procedures

Participation in the annual Professional Recertification Program (PRP) is required to maintain the designation.  For more information, see our Continuing Education (CE) FAQ and PRP pages.

The Office of the Registrar determines and certifies that students have completed all designation requirements. Once certified, students are considered to have graduated with all the rights, privileges, and obligations pertaining thereto.

Tuition & Fees

CLF® Individual Course Base Tuition: $995

CLF® Total Program Tuition: $6,000 or less

Tuition covers all course and admission fees and includes required study materials and access to convenient online learning tools.

*For existing students in sections of CLF® prior to April of 2021, please call an academic advisor for assistance with your program.

The CLF® is a 6-course program delivered online in a synchronous and asynchronous format starting on a quarterly basis. Course materials may include:

  • Video lectures (live and prerecorded)
  • Faculty-led webinars
  • In-depth case studies
  • Detailed course outlines
  • Real-time discussion forums

Students typically complete the program by taking one course per session over a one-year period. Online courses are conducted through our course website.

REQUIRED FOLLOWING PROGRAM COMPLETION: Annual participation in the Professional Recertification Program (PRP).

FAQs

Students can enroll through this webpage, or by contacting an Admissions Advisor at 866-923-9929. Enrollment can take place one month prior to course start date. Courses start bimonthly in September, November, January, March, May, and July.

Students can complete the six courses required for a CLF® in 12 months, but have a total of five years to complete all program courses and receive their designation. In addition, we accept transfer of credit courses for up to seven years prior to The College application date.

Courses are currently offered online asynchronously and synchronously, meaning some will meet at the same time each week while others can be completed on your own time. Students have five weeks to complete each course. Plan to spend 40–50 hours of study time per five-week course.

Individual course tuition is $995 per course. Students can pay for all courses at once or on an individual basis.

Currently, no courses from other College programs transfer to the CLF®

If you believe you have transferable credit based on the syllabus containing congruent learning objectives, please send an inquiry to Registrar@TheAmericanCollege.edu for review.

Program discounts are handled on a case-by-case basis. Applicants should talk to their Admissions Advisor and their employer for more information and company-specific offers. Scholarships are available for certain qualifying applicants.

CLF® CURRICULUM

The CLF® program consists of 6 courses and 18 credits.

CHLF 400 — The Leadership Role

This course covers four areas: the leadership role, who is the leader, leadership traits, and contingency approaches to leadership. This course provides the insight required for leaders to learn what type of leader they are and to understand those they lead. Self-discovery is important so the leader understands how and why they respond in certain situations. This course explores how leadership is different from management, leadership competencies, and the application of skills for successful leadership. The executive leadership candidate is expected to complete both the reading material and written assignments before each session.

CHLF 410 — Leadership Communication

This course covers a variety of areas: leadership communication, intrapersonal and interpersonal effectiveness, networking, mentoring, coaching, leading, and empowering others. Communication is critical for proper operation of today’s organizations and companies. This course explores various ways to communicate verbally and nonverbally and many other ways to ensure the organization is informed as to what is required. In addition, the importance of effective meetings, feedback, delegation, and empowerment are essential for mission accomplishment.

CHLF 420 — Organizational Culture and Leadership

This course covers a variety of areas: intrapersonal and interpersonal effectiveness, networking, mentoring, coaching, and leading and empowering others. Communication is critical for proper operation of today’s organizations and companies. This course explores various ways to communicate verbally and non-verbally and as many other ways to ensure the organization is informed as to what is required. In addition, the importance of effective meetings, feedback, delegation, and empowerment are essential for mission accomplishment.

CHLF 430 — Strategic Leadership-Planning

Participants evaluate strategic leadership and planning in business and formulate ways to develop strategies within their organizations. Successful execution of developed strategies and business plans are also addressed in the course. The objective is that a leader provides the foresight of what is to come and ensures that the organization is ready to execute and grow in a way dictated by the business plan.

CHLF 440 — Team Leadership, Ethics, Diversity, and Crisis Leadership

Participants evaluate team leadership, ethics, diversity, and crisis leadership in business and formulate ways to lead diverse organizations in an ethical manner. The importance of team and crisis leadership are emphasized in the course. Successful execution of developed strategies and business plans are also addressed in the course. The objective is that a leader provides the foresight of what is to come and ensures that the organization is ready to execute and grow in a way dictated by the business plan.

CHLF 450 — Leading In A Changing Environment

In this capstone course, participants evaluate leading in a changing environment in business and formulate ways to lead diverse organizations by dealing with organizational change. The importance of understanding and diagnosing change are also emphasized in the course. Successful change leadership perspectives and processes are also addressed in the course. The objective is that a leader provides the foresight of what is to come and ensures that the organization is ready to execute and grow in a way dictated by the business plan.

Program Director & Faculty

Dr. Jim Peterson, Adjunct Professor of Ethics at The American College
Jim Petersen

Roger Hull/James S. Bingay Chair of Leadership

Chartered Leadership Fellow (CLF) Program Director

Marguerite Barta

Adjunct Professor of Organization & Management

David Rendall

Adjunct Professor of Management

Keynote Speaker and Author