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Course Delivery Methods

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Flexible Learning Options with The College

Below are descriptions of each delivery method offered by The College. You can use these to decide how best to proceed with your studies based on your delivery preference. Not every course is offered in each delivery method, so please click on the link within the dropdown(s) to see the available options. The course listing will update frequently so please check back to see if your desired course has become available.

Please be aware that only open enrollment sections will show on the delivery listing pages, no company exclusive classes. We do not want to cause confusion by listing a class that is not available to all our students. If you wish to view what is available for your company, please log into your Student Portal, choose your designation of intent, then you can sort the list to show a specific course. Company exclusive classes will show as the first option there.​​​​​​​

 

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Exceptional support tools to match your busy schedule

The College's self-study option — known throughout the financial services profession for flexibility, the best textbooks, and strong results — is available for all core professional designation programs, including:

  • CFP® certification education
  • CLU®
  • ChFC®
  • RICP®


The self-study path is also available for many courses in the popular Master of Science in Financial Services (MSFS) degree (including the three CAP® philanthropy designation courses) and for the CLF® leadership program. In the master's and CLF® tracks, there is also a residency component to complete.

Some of our most popular programs are now offered as packages, allowing you to enroll in all of the courses you need at one time at a lower cost. If you are interested in a package, call a professional education counselor at 888-263-7265 to discuss your options.


Four Steps For Success
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  1. Choose the designation or certification program you want to pursue. Each will consist of a number of courses, some or all of which are required (some programs also include electives). These are college-level courses, and they require work and preparation to complete successfully. When you sign up, you will receive an exam ticket window during which you will need to schedule your proctored exam at a convenient local testing center.
     
  2. All the study material you need is included. Shortly after you register for your course, you will receive your textbooks and study material in the mail. You will also get access to The College's online learning center. Start by exploring all the online tools we have developed to help you pass your exam: additional reading material, practice tests, audio reviews, video reviews for some courses, a discussion board, and more.
     
  3. Schedule your exam at a local testing center sometime within your testing window, and do it early so that you can plan your studies accordingly. You will learn your exam results at the testing center, and you will get your official grade report back from The College a few days later. If your employer reimburses for the courses you pass, you can apply for reimbursement after you receive your final grade report via email.
     
  4. Sign up for your next course quickly! Our most successful students leverage their success by moving from one course straight into the next requirement. Those who take this approach are the most likely to complete their chosen program in a timely way.

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Because these classes are interactive (and are traditionally held live in local classrooms or through webinars), the self-study model is structured to encourage interaction with the instructor and other students through a unique "online learning center" module. You will respond to questions and comments on your own time, submit your homework assignments online, and work through your class at the most convenient times for you during each week of the course.     

*Not available for FSCP® courses.

Available for CLU®/ChFC® and CFP® Courses

Accelerate your studies with a live classroom review. In your optional IRP component, highly qualified faculty members from The American College of Financial Services provide you with 18 hours of intensive review of all the major course concepts. You will also have the ability to ask questions and interact with fellow students. On the last day of the review session, you will take your final exam so there is no need to make a separate appointment at a testing center. IRP sessions are a great way to study along with an expert right up to the moment you begin your exam. Students should still study their text and course materials prior to the IRP to be fully prepared.

Taking Your IRP
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We recommend that you follow the recommended course sequence, and enroll in IRPs when they are available for your next course. If you are interested in enrolling in an IRP that is not for your next recommended course, please speak with a counselor by calling 888-263-7265. To enroll in an IRP please add $350 on top of tuition.
 

*Only available for Huebner courses.

If you have any questions, please visit our IRP FAQs page.

 

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Webinars (FSCP®)

Attend live, moderator-led classes from your home or office computer. These interactive webinars offer a convenient, timesaving way to participate in classes without needing to travel. Attendance in six of eight sessions is required in order to complete the class. All students must submit assignments and complete weekly quizzes online.
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Final exams for all FSCP® courses (identified with the prefix “FA”) must be taken through The College's proctored online examination process (NY students will take a proctored paper-and-pencil exam). Students must satisfy the attendance requirements and have a moderator grade of at least 70 percent to be eligible to take the final exam. Guidelines for taking the exam and instructions for registering an exam proctor can be found online. Student and proctor exam eligibility emails are sent as soon as the student has met the exam eligibility requirements. Students have four weeks from the last class to take their exam.

Other Webinar Courses (CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®)

With a live online offering, you get the benefit of some of the best minds in the profession to help you master all of the challenging material in the course, and prepare you for the exam. The classes also allow you to ask questions, and the regularly scheduled sessions keep you on track to reach your goals. Attendance is not required, so you can review the archived sessions at your leisure to help you prepare for your final exam taken at a Pearson Vue Testing Center during your four-week exam window.

*Available for Huebner and FSCP® courses.

 

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Designed for students who like structure and face-to-face interaction with moderators and peers. A wide selection of classes are available in many U.S. cities from coast to coast.

For the students who have the flexibility to travel or to take time out for a local class, nothing beats a traditional classroom for superior learning. Turning off the cell phone, forgetting about deadlines and emails, and focusing on an outstanding instructor can help you grasp new concepts quickly.
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Final exams for all FSCP® courses (identified with the prefix “FA”) must be taken through The College's proctored online examination process (NY students will take a proctored paper-and-pencil exam). Students must satisfy the attendance requirements and have a moderator grade of at least 70 percent to be eligible to take the final exam. Guidelines for taking the exam and instructions for registering an exam proctor can be found online. Student and proctor exam eligibility emails are sent as soon as the student has met the exam eligibility requirements. (Students have four weeks from the last class to take their exam).

*Only Available FSCP® courses.

 

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