About Hank Spain's Professional Designations
ChFC® – Chartered Financial Consultant™
ChFC® is a professional designation granted by The American College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. The ChFC® certification is a voluntary certification; no federal or state law or regulation requires financial planners to hold ChFC® certification. To attain the right to use the ChFC® designation, an individual must satisfactorily fulfill the following requirements:
CLU® -Chartered Life Underwriter
A Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU®) is a designation of life insurance expertise that a financial professional holds that provides for knowledge of the life insurance industry and the underwriting process granted by The American College of Financial Services. A CLU® certification gives advisors:
CFP® - Certified Financial Planner™
The CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, CFP® and federally registered CFP (with flame design) marks (collectively, the “CFP® marks”) are professional certification marks granted in the United States by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (“CFP Board”). The CFP® certification is a voluntary certification; no federal or state law or regulation requires financial planners to hold CFP® certification. It is recognized in the United States and a number of other countries for its (1) high standard of professional education; (2) stringent code of conduct and standards of practice; and (3) ethical requirements that govern professional engagements with clients. Currently, more than 71,000 individuals have obtained CFP® certification in the United States.
To attain the right to use the CFP® marks, an individual must satisfactorily fulfill the following requirements:
Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®)
The CIMA certification signifies that an individual has met initial and on- going experience, ethical, education, and examination requirements for investment management consulting, including advanced investment management theory and application. Prerequisites for the CIMA certification are three years of financial services experience and an acceptable regulatory history. To obtain the CIMA certification, candidates must pass a proctored Qualification Examination, successfully complete a one-week classroom education program provided by a Registered Education Provider at an AACSB accredited university business school, pass an online Certification Examination, and have an acceptable regulatory history as evidenced by FINRA Form U-4 or other regulatory requirements. CIMA designees are required to adhere to IWA’s Code of Professional Responsibility, Standards of Practice, and Rules and Guidelines for Use of the Marks. CIMA designees must report 40 hours of continuing education credits, including two ethics hours, every two years to maintain the certification. The designation is administered through Investment and Wealth Institute (IWI).
About John Frye's Professional Designation
Chartered Financial Analyst (“CFA”)
The Chartered Financial Analyst (“CFA”) charter is a professional designation established in 1962 and awarded by CFA Institute. To earn the CFA charter, candidates must pass three sequential, six-hour examinations over two to four years. The three levels of the CFA Program test a wide range of investment topics, including ethical and professional standards, fixed-income analysis, alternative and derivative investments, and portfolio management and wealth planning. In addition, CFA charterholders must have at least four years of acceptable professional experience in the investment decision-making process and must commit to abide by, and annually reaffirm, their adherence to the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct