Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) Certification Education

An Investment With a Return. The Certified Financial Planner Certification Education program teaches the core curriculum necessary to meet the educational requirement to sit for the CFP examination, including completion of a financial plan development (capstone) course registered with the CFP Board. 

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Offered in both classroom and online formats, learn the required curriculum to sit for the CFP exam. This course is taught by high-quality instructiors and students who successfully complete this course may earn a Rice Certificate of Achievement. 

To become certified, the CFP Board requires you to meet the following four initial certification requirements. Visit the CFP Board for details on the initial certification requirements (known as the 4 "Es"). CPAs, CFAs, ChFCs, CLUs and others may be able to take the exam on challenge status. Please visit the CFP Board's Education Requirements for a full description of challenge status qualifications.

The spring cohort is currently underway. Registration is now open for the fall session.

Details

Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
PCFP3001.F18.1 Andrea K. Freedman, W. Ben Keel, III, James C. Abel, Michael Middendorf, Glynn D. Nance Jr., Brian G. Tees, Ben Simiskey Online 6-9 p.m. Central time Wednesday, August 8, 2018

SECTION: PCFP3001.F18.1
INSTRUCTOR: Andrea K. Freedman, W. Ben Keel, III, James C. Abel, Michael Middendorf, Glynn D. Nance Jr., Brian G. Tees, Ben Simiskey
FORMAT: Online
SCHEDULE: 6-9 p.m. Central time
START DATE: Aug. 08, 2018

Instructor: Andrea K. Freedman

Andrea K. Freedman, CFP®, is an independent financial advisor, where she conducts in-depth reviews of each client’s financial circumstances and goals. She has more than 25 years of experience specializing in financial planning and asset management. Her expertise extends into areas of retirement and education planning, asset allocation, investment selection and risk tolerance analysis.

She has NASD Series 7, 63, 65 and 31 licenses. Ms. Freedman holds a bachelor’s in communications from The University of Texas at Austin.

W. Ben Keel, III, CFP®, ChFC®, CFE®, CLU®, is a financial advisor with Financial and Insurance Consultants. He was named as one of the Top Financial Planners in the Nation by Consumers’ Research Council of America* in 2008 and 2009, and he was listed as a 2010 five star wealth Manager® by Texas Monthly. Mr. Keel is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Houston Financial Planning Association. He is also a Certified Financial Educator teaching financial education classes through the non-Profit Heartland Institute of Financial Education for companies that would like to offer non-biased financial education to their employees. In addition, he teaches financial literacy classes to all branches of the United States Military as well as government employees. In the past, he has been a financial planner with American Express Financial Advisors, Fidelity Investments and his own firm. Mr. Keel served in the US Army and Texas Army National Guard branch detailed Airborne Infantry. He holds a B.B.A. in finance from Stephen F. Austin State University. 

James C. Abel, MSM, CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®, CRPC®, AEP®, AIF®, is a certified financial planner professional and a registered investment advisor representative with Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. in Saint George, Utah, Mr. Abel works primarily with members of the medical and dental community providing comprehensive financial planning and investment management services. He started in the financial services industry in 1990 after serving eight years in the U.S. Navy as a Naval Aircrewman. Professionally, he has worked in the banking, wire house, and now the independent channel and has seen the application of financial planning from several different modalities. An advocate of education, Mr. Abel holds several advanced designations along with FINRA Series 6, 7, 24, 63, and 65 licenses as well as life, health, and disability insurance licenses from multiple states. He earned his B.S. finance from the University of Phoenix, and his M.S. management with an emphasis in leadership from The American College. Much of his education he received online, so he is very comfortable in the online environment. Mr. Abel has served in many civic and industry leadership positions and enjoys giving back to the community and his profession whenever possible.

Michael Middendorf, MS, CFP®, MPAS℠, CRPC®, is the regional director of client services for Alpha Cubed Investments and also serves on the Investment Committee. He has been in the financial services industry since 1995 and earned designations as a certified financial planner, master planner of advanced studies and chartered retirement planning counselor®. Mr. Middendorf has worked for Merrill Lynch, Ameriprise Financial and TD Waterhouse. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Kentucky and an M.S. from the College for Financial Planning in Colorado Springs.  Mr. Middendorf holds FINRA Series 7,63,66,9 and 10 licenses as well as various insurance licenses. He served on the board of directors for the Houston Financial Planning Association form 2013 to 2015.  He enjoys coaching youth sports non-profit organizations such as the South Montgomery YMCA and Nemesis Athletics.

Glynn D. Nance Jr., J.D., LL.M., is a founding partner of Nance & Simpson LLP, a law firm located in Houston, and has practiced law for more than 22 years. Mr. Nance focuses his practice on representing privately held companies and individuals in all forms of business and personal and estate planning transactions. He regularly helps his high-net-worth clients to form comprehensive estate plans, which includes tax planned wills, trusts, and business succession planning. Mr. Nance is Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and holds a J.D. and an LL.M. from the University of Houston and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas.

Brian G. Tees, J.D., LL.M., is an associate attorney at the law firm of Nance & Simpson LLP, a boutique law firm located in the Galleria area of Houston, and has practiced law since 2006. Mr. Tees focuses his practice on representing individuals in all forms of estate planning, and individuals and businesses in a wide variety of commercial transactions. He regularly helps his high-net-worth clients to form comprehensive estate plans, which includes tax planned wills, trusts, family limited partnerships, and general business succession planning. Mr. Tees also prepares Federal Estate Tax Returns (IRS Form 706), including returns for taxable estates, and Federal Gift Tax Returns (IRS Form 709). He holds a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, an LL.M. (taxation) from the University of Houston and a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University.

 
 

Ben Simiskey, CFP®, CPA/PFS is the owner and founder of PLS Advisory, LLC – a fee-only financial planning and investment management firm. He focuses on providing wealth management solutions to oil and gas professionals in the greater Houston area. He has been a CFP since 2007, and a licensed Certified Public Accountant since 2004.

Term: Fall 2018

Start Date: Aug. 08, 2018

End Date: May 22, 2019

Schedule: 6-9 p.m. Central time

Length: Mondays and Wednesdays (2018 No class dates: Sept. 3, Oct. 8 and Dec. 20 and 2019 no class dates: Jan. 9 and 21, Feb. 18 and March 10 and 21)

Fee: $5,175 Fee does not include cost of textbooks, approximately $900. A textbook list and ordering instructions will be provided after registration for the program.

Early Registration: $4,875 if registering by July 10, 2018

CPEs: 22.8

CEUs: 272

  • Financial Planners
  • Accountants
  • Investment advisors
  • Stockbrokers
  • Trust officers
  • Attorneys
  • Bankers
  • Retirement or benefits specialists
  • Insurance agents
  • Investors

 

Attention CPAs:

We have registered with the Texas State Board of Accountancy (Registration no. 600) to meet the requirements of the continuing professional education rules covering maintenance of attendance records, retention of program outlines, qualifications of instructors, program content, physical facilities and length of class hours. This registration agreement does not constitute an endorsement by the Board as to the quality of the program or its contribution to the professional competence of the licensee.

Rice University is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website learningmarket.org.

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP® in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s 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.

Careers

Search for a job using the CFP Board Career Center.

General Principles

CPEs: 33.5      CEUs: 2.8
This course provides 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 are 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: 30             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
  • Demonstrate 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
  • Explain the taxation of investment vehicles
  • Apply the ethical aspects of investment advising in their practice

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
  • Explain 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.

Rice Certificate of Achievement

Whether you choose the classroom or online format, you will complete seven, consecutive courses in approximately nine months in preparation for the exam. Each course offers a series of quizzes, a mid-term exam, and a final exam, which are delivered online outside of regular class hours. Upon successful completion of each course with a grade of at least 70, students will be awarded a Rice University Certificate of Achievement, which fulfills the educational requirements to apply and sit for the CFP examination. The exam is administered by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. Completion of the Rice CFP Graduate Certificate Program does not guarantee success on the CFP Certification Examination. Individuals preparing for the exam should consider an exam preparation course.

“The Rice CFP Certification Education program exceeded all of my expectations. It was very well organized with top notch instructors, and provided me with a rigorous review of all of the topics in preparation for the exam. For anyone interested in sitting for the CFP exam, I would highly recommend enrolling in Rice’s program.”
, CMT, Vice President-Investments at Houston Trust Company

“The CFP Certification Education program at Rice was very rigorous, but with such interesting topics it was also enjoyable. I appreciated the experience that each instructor was able to share as they were all actively working in the respective fields they presented on and had real world experiences to relate the material to. I certainly recommend this program to anyone wanting to pursue financial planning. It will prepare you with a solid foundation to then study for and sit for the CFP exam.”
- Vivecca A. Hartman, CPA, CFP, Principal & Accounting Manager at Fayez Sarofiim & Co.

“As a career changer, the CFP Certification Education program at Rice University provided practical and rigorous preparation for a career in the financial services industry. The program instructors were both knowledgeable and accessible and did an outstanding job of preparing me for the CFP exam.”

Students in most professional development programs must have access to a computer and the Internet to complete the coursework required to earn the Certificate of Achievement.

 

Minimum System Requirements for Online Courses

The online courses are delivered through Blackboard Collaborate. Before you get started in a Blackboard Collaborate session, you should ensure that your computer is able to support the needs of the collaboration environment. As a first-time user, to test whether your computer is ready to access Blackboard Collaborate, visit https://help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/Ultra/Participant and click on “How do I get started”.

 

Connecting to Blackboard Ultra

Students in online format courses must have the following:

  • Headset or earbuds with a microphone attached to your computer
  • High-speed Internet connection (Ethernet preferable)
  • Google Chrome or FireFox (versions 49+) installed on your computer*

Blackboard Ultra can be accessed on a mobile device. The Blackboard app is available on iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices. Join the webinar directly from your session link in Canvas — the app will open automatically. Please be sure to use your earbuds or headphones, as your built-in speakers may cause echoes during the recorded session.

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Financial assistance information can be found on Rice Financial Aid's Visiting and Continuing Education Students page.