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CFP® Curriculum

General Principles

CPEs: 33.5              CEUs: 2.8
This course will provide an overview of the financial planning process and the economic and legal environments in which it takes place, the time value of money, analysis of financial statements, and the code of ethics and professional responsibility to which practitioners must adhere. 

Objectives: Upon completion students will be able to:

  • Perform time value of money calculations by understanding the underlying concepts and utilizing technology
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the inter-relatedness of insurance, investments, retirement planning, income tax, and estate planning in the financial planning process and how the changing economic environment affects that process
  • Identify and quantify debt management and education planning objectives as well as overall financial objectives of a client through evaluation of financial statements and other data. Assess deficiencies, recommend corrections, and develop and maintain a financial plan
  • Articulate the code of ethics and professional responsibility to which practitioners must adhere plus the Financial Planning Practice Standards employed during each step of the Financial Planning process

Insurance and Risk Management

CPEs: 33.5              CEUs: 2.8
This course will give an overview of risk assessment and the management of risk through a variety of insurance instruments.

Objectives: Upon completion students will be able to:

  • Communicate the concepts of risk assessment in a manner understandable to clients
  • Address the broad range of insurance instruments and how they may be evaluated and employed to manage the risk of loss of income and risks associated with property ownership and legal liabilities
  • Incorporate insurance into a client’s overall financial plan
  • Understand the ethical aspects of insurance advising

Investment Planning

CPEs: 40.5              CEUs: 3.4
This course will provide an overview of investment terminology, the fundamentals of investing including the efficient market hypothesis, the role of financial intermediaries, securities trading, risk, and portfolio theory. Special attention will be paid to the analysis and selection of common stocks and fixed income securities.

Objectives: Upon completion students will be able to:

  • Assess a client’s risk tolerance and exposure to determine which investments provide the best approach to reach objectives of the client’s financial plan
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of common stock and fixed income securities and the variety of ways these instruments may be analyzed
  • Have a basic knowledge of riskier vehicles such as options, commodities, and financial futures
  • Utilize a wide range of resources to evaluate various investment vehicles and strategies
  • Employ the concepts of portfolio planning and management to provide diversification to a client’s portfolio with sensitivity to tax considerations
  • Understand the taxation of investment vehicles
  • Understand the ethical aspects of investment advising

Income Taxation Planning

CPEs: 40.5              CEUs: 3.4
This course will give an overview of the federal tax system and its impact on financial planning for individuals and business entities.

Objectives: Upon completion students will be able to:  

  • Access and apply the resources that are required to meet the challenge of annual changes to the tax code
  • Understand income taxation fundamentals, tax consequences, and tax computations
  • Identify the options available to individuals and business owners for reducing their tax burdens while preserving their wealth accumulation strategies
  • Recognize the ethical and legal implications of tax advising

Retirement and Employee Benefits Planning

CPEs: 40.5              CEUs: 3.4
This course will introduce and explore the concepts involved in developing retirement and employee benefit plans from both the employer and employee perspectives. Participants will study the legislation that impacts plan design and the tax advantages and disadvantages of various qualified and non-qualified plans including IRAs and pension and profit sharing plans. Also addressed will be Federal Social Security, Medicare, and employer-sponsored health and welfare plans.

Objectives: Upon completion students will be able to:

  • Define and differentiate between the types of plans that can be developed
  • Analyze a client’s financial health and develop the most advantageous retirement and employee benefit options to meet the long-term needs expressed in the overall financial plan
  • Identify the needs and objectives of businesses to determine the best design for their employee retirement and benefit plans

Estate Planning

CPEs: 40.5              CEUs: 3.4
This course will provide students with an understanding of the basic concepts and constraints of estate and gift tax planning as the primary method of orderly and intentional wealth transfer. They will learn the major strategies employed by practitioners when developing estate plans.

Objectives: Upon completion students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of wills, trusts, and estates 
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the concepts of risk management, insurance, portfolio management, retirement planning, and taxation and how they are synthesized in the estate and gift tax planning process
  • Analyze and evaluate a client’s financial and non-financial status and goals in order to develop, communicate, and implement the most advantageous estate and gift tax plan

Financial Plan Development Course

CPEs: 46.5              CEUs: 3.9
This capstone course will provide students with the opportunity to apply the knowledge they have gained through the curriculum in a synthesized manner. Included in this course is a module on improving communications with clients. One class will be devoted to a presentation on how to use the financial planning process to set client expectations and answer any questions or concerns clients have before agreeing to a financial planning engagement.  

Objectives: Upon completion students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the content found within the financial planning curriculum and effectively apply and integrate this information in the formulation of a financial plan  
  • Effectively communicate the financial plan, both orally and in writing, including information based on research, peers, colleague or simulated client interaction and/or results emanating from synthesis of material
  • Collect all necessary and relevant qualitative and quantitative information required to develop a financial plan
  • Analyze personal financial situations, evaluating clients’ objectives, needs, and values to develop an appropriate strategy within the financial plan
  • Demonstrate logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches to a specific problem
  • Evaluate the impact of economic, political, and regulatory issues with regard to the financial plan
  • Evaluate the impact of economic, political, and regulatory issues with regard to the financial plan
  • Apply the CFP Board Financial Planning Practice Standards to the financial planning process

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and federally registered CFP (with flame design) in the United States, which it awards to individuals who successfully complete initial and ongoing certification requirements.

The Glasscock School of Continuing Studies at Rice University does not certify individuals to use the CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and federally registered CFP (with flame logo). CFP® certification is granted solely by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. to individuals who, in addition to completing an educational requirement such as this CFP Board-Registered Program, have met ethics, experience and examination requirements.