A ChFC® is The Highest Standard of Knowledge and Trust in Financial Planning

Your Chartered Financial Consultant® has completed the most extensive educational program required for any financial services credential. Each ChFC® has taken eight or more college-level courses on all aspects of financial planning from The American College, a non-profit educator with the highest level of academic accreditation.

The average study time for the program is over 400 hours, and advisors frequently spend years earning this coveted distinction. Each ChFC® must also complete a minimum of 30 hours of continuing education every two years, adhere to strict ethical standards, and must meet extensive experience requirements to ensure that you get the professional financial advice you need.

Why a ChFC®?

You can count on a ChFC®’s expertise

Your Chartered Financial Consultant® has completed the most extensive educational program required for any financial services credential. Each ChFC® has taken nine or more college-level courses on all aspects of financial planning from The American College of Financial Services, a non-profit educator with the highest level of academic accreditation.

The average study time for the program is over 400 hours, and advisors frequently spend years earning this coveted distinction. Each ChFC® must also complete a minimum of 30 hours of continuing education every two years and must meet extensive experience requirements to ensure that you get the professional financial advice you need.

How can a ChFC®
help me?

Here are just a few of the many areas where a ChFC® can assist you:

  • Creating a comprehensive financial approach
  • Protecting your assets and managing risk with appropriate levels of insurance
  • Managing taxes better for you and your business
  • Helping you secure your retirement
  • Building an investment approach to help you reach your goals
  • Enhancing the value of your estate to take care of your loved ones

You can count on a ChFC®’s integrity

Advisors with the ChFC® designation are required to serve you with the highest level of professionalism. The authority to use the ChFC® mark is granted by the Certification Committee of the Board of Trustees of The American College, and that privilege is contingent on adherence to strict ethical guidelines. All ChFC® advisors are required to do the same for clients that they would do for themselves in similar circumstances, the standard of ethical behavior most beneficial for their clients.

The Commitment
of a ChFC®

“In all my professional relationships, I pledge myself to the following rule of ethical conduct: I shall, in light of all conditions surrounding those I serve, which I shall make every conscientious effort to ascertain and understand, render that service which, in the same circumstances, I would apply to myself.”

ChFC® Highest Standard of Knowledge and Trust

About The American College

Mission Statement

The mission of The American College of Financial Services is to raise the level of professionalism of its students and, by extension, the financial services industry as a whole. By imparting expert knowledge—and by emphasizing that such knowledge must be regularly renewed and ethically applied—The College seeks to strengthen not only its students' professionalism, but also the financial security of individuals, families, businesses, and the societies they serve.

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