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Executive Certificate in Financial Planning

Courses and Registration

The Executive Certificate in Financial Planning program consists of seven courses. Each course is completed OnDemand through a partnership between St. Thomas and Kaplan Financial Education. Upon completion of the seven courses, you will earn the Executive Certificate in Financial Planning from St. Thomas as well as the educational credit requirement for the CFP® certification.

The program is designed for completion in chronological order and has individual registration for each of the seven courses. When you register, you will receive an email from execed@stthomas.edu with an application form to gather additional information needed to enroll you into the OnDemand course. This application will request your timeline for enrollment into the OnDemand program. Once enrolled, you will have 90 days to complete the course. 

101: General Financial Planning Principles, Professional Conduct, and Regulation

Learn the concepts and dig into the profession of personal financial planning. You will gain an understanding of the role and responsibilities of a financial planner, along with some analytical skills to aid in financial decision-making. Topics in the course include the financial planning process, securities regulation and licensing, CFP Board ethics, the economic environment, the time value of money, and planning for special situations such as a college education, the formation and operation of a closely held business, and disability. The course also previews wealth accumulation, tax, retirement, and estate planning techniques.

This OnDemand course must be completed within a 90-day period.

When you register for this program, you will receive a confirmation email from execed@stthomas.edu. This email contains an application form including the information needed for you to be enrolled in the OnDemand program. It also asks your desired start date which will begin the 90 day timeline for completion. 

Price: $749
CEUs: 6

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102: Risk Management, Insurance, and Employee Benefits

Gain an understanding of risk management principles and the various types of insurance coverage in the marketplace today. You will focus on the role of planning for insurance needs. Insurance topics include life, medical expense, and property/casualty policies, as well as long-term care and disability. You will also covers benefits made available to employees by employers—commonly referred to as employee or fringe benefits. Employee benefit topics include group policies, deferred compensation, equity-based compensation, and business applications of life insurance.

This OnDemand course must be completed within a 90-day period. 

When you register for this program, you will receive a confirmation email from execed@stthomas.edu. This email contains an application form including the information needed for you to be enrolled in the OnDemand program. It also asks your desired start date which will begin the 90 day timeline for completion. 

Price: $749
CEUs: 6

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103: Investment Planning

Explore risk-return concepts, debt and equity securities, and options and futures contracts. In this course, you will use a Portfolio Project to evaluate the array of financial instrument investment alternatives and their risk profile. You will analyze expected return characteristics, individually and in combination within a portfolio. Different investment strategies and valuation models are used to understand basic investment principles and practices.

This OnDemand course must be completed within a 90-day period. 

When you register for this program, you will receive a confirmation email from execed@stthomas.edu. This email contains an application form including the information needed for you to be enrolled in the OnDemand program. It also asks your desired start date which will begin the 90 day timeline for completion. 

Price: $749
CEUs: 6

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104: Tax Planning

Learn effective income tax planning strategies, whether personal or related to an individual’s business interests. You will explore topics including: individual income tax calculations, deductions, the tax characteristics of various business entities, trust and estate taxation, basis of property and cost recovery, property dispositions, passive activity losses, at-risk rules, miscellaneous taxes, interest on deficiencies and refunds, penalties, accounting methods, accounting periods, and tax management techniques.

This OnDemand course must be completed within a 90-day period. 

When you register for this program, you will receive a confirmation email from execed@stthomas.edu. This email contains an application form including the information needed for you to be enrolled in the OnDemand program. It also asks your desired start date which will begin the 90 day timeline for completion. 

Price: $749
CEUs: 6

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105: Retirement, Savings and Income Planning

Explore how to determine retirement savings needs and subsequently considers both government and employer-sponsored methods of providing for one’s retirement. You will gain a better understanding of distribution options from corporate retirement plans as well as the suitability of an investment portfolio in ensuring a comfortable and profitable retirement.

This OnDemand course must be completed within a 90-day period. 

When you register for this program, you will receive a confirmation email from execed@stthomas.edu. This email contains an application form including the information needed for you to be enrolled in the OnDemand program. It also asks your desired start date which will begin the 90 day timeline for completion. 

Price: $749
CEUs: 6

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106: Estate Planning

Once the wealth accumulation process is complete, distributing excess wealth is a primary goal for many financial planning clients. Explore challenges of effective estate planning raised by tax code changes. It begins with a consideration of the estate planning process and the documents of transfer. Address the unified transfer tax system and the calculation of an individual’s estate tax liability. Gain an understanding of estate planning techniques, such as trusts, marital and charitable deduction vehicles, and intra-family business and property transfers. You will work through a case study looking at a tax planning postmortem.

This OnDemand course must be completed within a 90-day period. 

When you register for this program, you will receive a confirmation email from execed@stthomas.edu. This email contains an application form including the information needed for you to be enrolled in the OnDemand program. It also asks your desired start date which will begin the 90 day timeline for completion. 

Price: $749
CEUs: 6

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107 Financial Plan Development

The final course of the program will involve case analysis and the integration of the six major areas of personal financial planning, which include:

  • Fundamentals and Ethical Considerations
  • Insurance and Employee Benefits
  • Investment Planning
  • Income Tax Planning
  • Retirement Planning
  • Estate Planning

This OnDemand course must be completed within a 90-day period. 

When you register for this program, you will receive a confirmation email from execed@stthomas.edu. This email contains an application form including the information needed for you to be enrolled in the OnDemand program. It also asks your desired start date which will begin the 90 day timeline for completion. 

Price: $749
CEUs: 6

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