Your Commitment to Clients
The College’s Professional Recertification Program (PRP) ensures professional designation holders remain current and serve as an emblem of excellence and expertise to their peers and clients.
Current College programs that require professional recertification include: CAP®, ChFC®, ChSNC®, CLF®, CLU®, FSCP®, RICP®, and WMCP®.
Under the Professional Recertification Program, The College requires certain designees to:
- Recertify their knowledge with continuing education (CE) credit every two years
- Recommit to The College’s Code of Ethics
- Reconfirm client-facing status and update contact information annually
- Pay an annual recertification fee to support ongoing educational efforts
For more information about the requirements, timing, and CE requirements, please see the Recertification Guidelines.
Designees considered client-facing are required to complete 30 credit hours of CE every two years, including one (1) hour of ethics CE. Designees considered non-client-facing are required to report one (1) hour of ethics CE every two years, and may track credit earned through their My Learning Hub.
Frequently Asked Questions
The following apply:
- Programs pre-approved for CE credits by the CFP Board of Standards, NASAA, State Insurance Commission, State Bar or State Board of Accountancy are accepted by the Professional Recertification Program.
- Pass an examination in the recertification period for: a) a course in The American College Huebner School or Graduate School program or another recognized professional designation program (30 hours per course); or b) a FINRA license (30 hours); or c) The CFP® certification (30 hours); or d) a college or university course from which credit can be earned toward a degree (15 hours for each semester credit hour or its equivalent).
- Live/Virtual: Attend an educational program or meeting that has at least one (1) credit hour (50 minutes of attendance equals one credit hour).
These avenues will not count for CE credits:
- Courses for state insurance licensing examination or examination (other than FINRA or CFP®) for a state or federal license related to financial services
- Personal development courses, such as motivation, public speaking, or salesmanship
- Product presentations
- Programs less than 50 minutes in length.
CE credits earned through coursework at The College will be recorded automatically. CE credits taken outside of The College are self-reported.
Credits approved for state CE, CFP®, CPE, CLE, and securities professionals that are accrued in the professional recertification reporting cycle can be applied to professional recertification program requirements. Credits earned outside the reporting cycle do not apply.
Should your client-facing status change mid-cycle, your CE requirements are still based on your status at the beginning of the current two-year cycle and will change at the beginning of the next cycle. The annual recertification fee will change to reflect current client-facing status at the next annual payment due date.
Yes. The program is required for all designees who matriculated with The College and earned their credentials after June 1989, except for those currently in Emeritus status. For those who earned their designations earlier or who currently hold Emeritus status, participation is strongly encouraged for the good of the public and the financial services profession.
The College believes individuals who use our designations to represent their expertise to consumers have an obligation to the public to practice ethically and engage in ongoing professional education. Status under the Professional Recertification Program will be made available to the public on the Your Advisor Guide website, which will continue to serve as an index of a designee’s status with The College. Designation marks can be removed for ethical issues or failure to comply with other recertification requirements of The College.
An academic degree (such as a PhD or Master’s degree) is a title signifying that the recipient has completed a course of study. By contrast, a designation signifies that the designee is certified to meet The College’s standards for providing financial services in a particular field. Every designee of The College has agreed to abide by a Code of Ethics that requires, among other responsibilities, the maintenance of a high level of professional competence by continuing studies throughout the designee’s career. Since 1989, The College has administered a formal Professional Recertification Program, and over time, its requirements have evolved to reflect the changing demands of the financial services profession.
A client-facing individual is defined as someone who holds a Resident or Non-Resident State Life & Health License, and/or their Investment Company & Variable Products (Series 6), General Securities Representative (Series 7), Municipal Securities Representative (Series 52), Mutual Funds (Series 63), Uniform Investment Adviser Law (Series 65), or Uniform Combined State Law (Series 66) registrations from FINRA, and/or is a JD, CPA or CFA®. Additionally, client-facing individuals work with clients and/or manage or supervise individuals who work with clients regarding sale, recommendation, or advice on insurance or investment products.
Non-client facing individuals include those who do not work directly with clients regarding sale, recommendation, or advice on insurance or investment products. Those who work at a non-profit organization are also considered non-client-facing.
Retired individuals who wish to continue using their designations will be classified as non-client-facing.
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