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  • Home / Academics / Online / Professional Certificates / Financial Planning

    Professional Certificates

    Financial Planning

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    Certified Financial Planning

    Learn to guide clients through investing, saving, money management, and planning for life's big events. 

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    Certified Financial Planners know the ins and outs of investing, saving, and money management.  You’ll learn to guide clients through some of the biggest moments of their lives and be a resource for them when times are tough. Each online course lasts eight weeks.

    Designed especially for busy professionals, Ursuline’s financial planning certificate program is offered entirely online. You can participate in live class discussions or watch the recording later—or both. What’s more, our program is offered in an accelerated format, so you can earn your certificate in less than a year.

    You’ll learn from industry leaders about:

    • Working with clients to set goals and assess risk tolerance.
    • Risk management and insurance planning.
    • Investing in the securities market, risk/return, stocks, bonds, options, futures.
    • Tax consequences and lawful tax-minimizing tactics.
    • Financial planning for retirement.
    • Tax and non-tax considerations in estate planning.

    $87K

    Median annual salary for Personal Financial Advisors

    40%

    Job growth above the national average for Personal Financial Advisors

    31%

    of Americans age 65 and over consult financial planners when planning for retirement

    Course Requirements

    FP 301 Principles of Financial Planning

    This course provides a comprehensive examination of the general principles of financial planning, professional conduct and regulation, and education planning. These topics constitute thirty percent of the principal knowledge topics tested on the CFP® Certification Examination. The course introduces students to the financial planning process and working with clients to set goals and assess risk tolerance. In addition, students will learn to process and analyze information, construct personal financial statements, develop debt management plans, recommend financing strategies, and understand the basic components of a written comprehensive financial plan. The course also covers the regulatory environment, time value of money, and economic concepts.

    FP 302 Risk Management & Insunce Planning

    This course provides a comprehensive examination of the general principles of risk management and insurance planning for individual and family clients. These topics constitute approximately seventeen percent of the principal knowledge topics tested on the CFP® Certification Examination. The course first introduces students to the risk management and insurance planning process and working with clients to analyze and evaluate risk exposures. Second, the core insurance lines of coverage are explored in detail, including health, disability, long-term care, life, and personal property and casualty (homeowners’, personal auto policy, etc.). In addition, the student will learn to analyze an individual and family’s insurance needs, to select the most appropriate insurance policy and company, and to understand a business owner's use of insurance to protect the business’ assets and future income.

    FP 303 Investment Planning

    The course is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in the financial planning and asset management profession. The course and curriculum are approved by the CFP® Board of Standards and meet one component of the educational requirement for becoming a Certified Financial Planner. This course explores the securities market, sources of information, risk/return, stocks, bonds, options, futures, and security analysis, and culminates in portfolio construction and analysis. You will learn how to evaluate different asset classes for different investment objectives and determine their suitability for investors considering investment goals, time horizons, risk tolerance, and tax situations.

    FP 304 Tax Planning

    This course covers taxation for individuals, sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations, as well as the tax aspects of investments, insurance, annuities, and retirement planning. Students will be able to identify the likely tax consequences of personal and business financial activities and select appropriate and lawful tax-minimizing tactics and strategies.

    FP 305 Retirement Savings and Income Planning

    This course educates students on how to conduct a retirement needs analysis for individuals and to recognize the key factors that affect retirement plan selection for business owners. Students will be able to evaluate and compare the characteristics of various retirement plans and recommend which plan is appropriate in a given situation. The course covers tax-deferred retirement plans, IRSs, nonqualified plans, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, distribution strategies, taxation of distributions, and regulatory considerations.

    FP 306 Estate Planning

    This course provides an introduction to federal gifts, estate, and generation-skipping transfer taxes and the many planning techniques used to maximize the impact of these taxes on transfers of wealth. It also explores the income tax effects of gifts and bequests, with particular attention to the limitations on income-shifting t family members. The nontax aspects of estate planning, including the estate planning process, property ownership, planning for incapacity, and planning for business owners are examined as are the need for estate planning documents for individuals, spouses, and unmarried couples. The course stresses the need for balancing tax and non-tax considerations in creating successful estate plans.

    FP 307 Capstone Course in Financial Planning

    This course provides students an opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge learned through the prerequisite six-course CFP® curriculum. Students will participate in developing a complete financial plan, through the use of case studies and interviewing mock clients. Presentations of a formal financial plan, demonstrating the ability to set client expectations and communicate with clients by answering questions and concerns, are also required.

    Learn More

    Contact Kate Teichman, Assistant Director of Admission, at 440.646.8360 or kathleen.teichman@ursuline.edu.