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Frequently Asked Questions about IRPs

Intensive Review Programs (IRPs) are add-on components available for many of the courses offered by The College. IRPs are 2.5 days of comprehensive material review with an expert instructor to prepare you for your course exam. Use the tabs below to get answers to some of the most common IRP questions our students have.

Courses covering CFP® certification, ChFC®, and CLU® are offered in the IRP format and combine the best of self-study and classroom review with an onsite exam. All courses are not always offered, so check the schedule to plan your curriculum.

If you have already completed courses in your ChFC®, CLU® and/or CFP® certification program, you may continue completing your courses using IRPs, provided you check your 5-Year window and that we offer the classes you need during that period. Check what courses you need to complete your designation, and then check the IRP schedule to plan your schedule.

Yes. You are expected to study the course text before coming to your live Intensive Review Program. The session covers the key concepts that will be addressed on the exam and allows time for student interaction and detailed explanations of the most challenging concepts. To have a successful experience with your IRP program, you should be familiar with your course materials before arriving. 

The classes start at 8 a.m. on Day One and Day Two, ending at 5 p.m., with breaks included. On Day Three the final exam review is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., and the exam is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Yes. The College will send you a 1098-T form each January for payments made during the previous calendar year.

Yes. All credit card and Social Security number information and activity is processed through secure, encrypted transactions.

You are expected to take your exam while you attend the IRP, while the material is fresh in your mind. However, if you cannot take the exam on location, you receive a free reschedule at a Pearson Vue testing center.

Yes. For IRP students, you receive a complementary retake at a Pearson Vue testing center that will adhere to the self-study exam window. If you are unsuccessful a second time, you will have to pay the retake fee of $125.


Yes. The cutoff for registration is three weeks before the start date of the review. This is because if you register any later, you run the risk of not having enough time to prepare before actually going to the IRP.

However, if you are already enrolled in the course as a self-study or webinar student, since you already have the materials and have begun studying, you can register for an IRP up to the day before the start date.

Yes. If there are not enough registrations to cover the costs of the course, The College will notify students of the class cancellation and offer them alternative methods of completing their studies.

The most challenging courses are the best candidates for IRPs. While students benefit from instructor interaction with any course, technical topics such as investments, estate planning, and taxation are particularly effective in the live-review format.

The Benefits of the Intensive Review Program:

  • Outstanding price for value with higher pass rates for challenging courses
  • Live interaction/Q&A with a qualified instructor
  • A focused, intensive review without outside distractions
  • Onsite exam while the material is fresh in students’ minds
  • Scheduled review keeps students on track for course completion
  • One free retake of exam
  • Author of the textbook is often the instructor of the IRP class