Our firm is committed to our human capital. We constantly invest in our team, requiring that they maintain credentialing in a wide swath of disciplines. Below is a listing of the designations our associates hold.
Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®)
The Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) designation represents a thorough knowledge of and ability to apply the fiduciary Practices. Through fi360’s AIF Training programs, AIF designees learn the Practices and the legal and best practice framework they are built upon. AIF designees have a reputation in the industry for the ability to implement a prudent process into their own investment practices as well as being able to assist others in implementing proper policies and procedures.
Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst (AIFA®)
Holders of the AIFA mark successfully complete a specialized program on investment fiduciary standards of care and ISO assessment procedures, pass a comprehensive examination, and meet the designation’s education and professional experience prerequisites.
The AIFA designees hold the knowledge necessary to understand and implement a prudent process for Investment Stewards, Investment Advisors, and Investment Managers and can perform fiduciary assessments to verify or certify an entity’s conformity to Global Fiduciary Standard of Excellence.
Accredited Retirement Plan Specialist (ARPS®)
The ARPS designation is awarded to record keeping and administrative professionals who have demonstrated the knowledge required to help employers administer plans that enable employees to effectively save and plan for retirement.
Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA®)
The CAIA Charter, recognized globally, is administered by the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association and requires a comprehensive understanding of core and advanced concepts regarding alternative investments, structures, and ethical obligations.
To qualify for the CAIA Charter, finance professionals must complete a self-directed, comprehensive course of study on risk-return attributes of institutional quality alternative assets; pass both the Level I and Level II CAIA examinations at global, proctored testing centers; attest annually to the terms of the Member Agreement; and hold a US bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) plus have at least one year of professional experience or have four years of professional experience.
Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS)
Certified Employee Benefit Specialist. CEBS was established in 1977 through a partnership of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. No other employee benefits or compensation program provides the opportunity to gain knowledge and insight through such a broad university-based curriculum.
CEBS offers you the opportunity to earn designations in three distinct areas of specialization: group benefits, retirement, and compensation. The Group Benefits Associate (GBA), Retirement Plans Associate (RPA), and the Compensation Management Specialist (CMS) form the core of the CEBS curriculum. Earn a designation in each of the specialty tracks and, at the same time, receive credit that will qualify toward earning the CEBS designation, which now carries an eight-course requirement (six required courses plus two electives).
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM (CFP®)
The CFP designation includes an unbiased approach to teaching the financial planning process, and the rigorous certification requirements that are administered by the CFP board. The academic requirement consists of five courses covering insurance, estate, retirement, education, tax and investment planning plus ethics and the financial planning process. Once the academic requirement is complete, students must sit for the board exam. This is a 10-hour, 285-question test that spans two days and includes two comprehensive case studies. Once a passing grade has been achieved, prospective certificants must also complete at least three years of professional experience and get a bachelor’s degree in order to obtain the CFP designation.
Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC)
Someone with the ChFC designation has demonstrated their vast and thorough knowledge of financial planning. The ChFC program is administered by the American College. In addition to successful completion of an exam on areas of financial planning, including income tax, insurance, investment and estate planning, candidates are required to have a minimum of three years experience in a financial industry position.
Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®)
This designation focuses on asset allocation, ethics, due diligence, risk measurement, investment policy and performance measurement. Only individuals who are investment consultants with at least three years of professional experience are eligible to try to obtain this certification, which signifies a high level of consulting expertise. The Investment Management Consultants Association offers the CIMA courses.
Individuals who hold CIMA designations are required to prove their expertise through continual re-certification, which requires CIMA designees to complete at least 40 hours of continuing education every two years.
CIMA designation holders tend to have careers with financial consulting firms, which involve extensive interaction with clients and the management of large amounts of money.
Certified 401(k) Professional (C(k)P®)
The C(k)P® Certified 401(k) Professional Designation represents the pinnacle of achievement for the professional Retirement Plan Advisor, recognizing a combination of substantial practical retirement plan management experience, and the completion of a comprehensive and highly specialized educational program. To earn the right to use the C(k)P® designation requires more than just academic aptitude. A financial professional must have demonstrated real world application of the core competencies taught in the classroom.
Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®)
This designation is issued by the American College, and those who hold it work mostly as insurance agents. The CLU designation is awarded to persons who complete a 10-course program of study and 20 hours of exams. The course covers the fundamentals of life and health insurance, pension planning, insurance law, income taxation, investments, financial and estate planning, and group benefits. CLU designation requires the same five core courses as the CFP designation, plus three additional elective courses.
Chartered Retirement Plan Specialist (CRPS®)
A professional designation awarded by the College for Financial Planning to individuals who specialize in creating, implementing and maintaining retirement plans for businesses. They must pass an exam demonstrating their expertise. Successful applicants earn the right to use the CRPS designation with their names for two years, which can improve job opportunities, professional reputation and pay. Every two years, CRPS professionals must complete 16 hours of continuing education and pay a nominal fee to continue using the designation.
Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA®)
This designation for retirement plan professionals who work primarily with 401(k) plans. Applicants for the QKA credentials are from various professional disciplines. They typically assist employers and consultants with the record-keeping, non-discrimination testing and the administrative aspects of 401(k) and related defined contribution plans.