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Executive Certificate Program in Financial Planning Offered by Appalachian

BOONE–Appalachian State University will offer course work, beginning this fall, for individuals interested in becoming a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™.

Appalachian’s Department of Finance, Banking and Insurance is approved by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. (CFP Board) in Denver, Colo., to offer an Executive Certificate Program in financial planning.

Classes will be offered on a non-credit basis at various locations in the region. Currently, classes are being planned for the Hickory and Boone areas.

An informational meeting about the Executive Certification Program in the Hickory area will be held Aug. 12 from 6-8 p.m. at the Hickory Metro Higher Education Center located on Hwy. 70 past Catawba Valley Community College behind Northern Tool.

” There is a growing need in Northwest North Carolina and the surrounding area for financial planners with the CFP® certification,” said Dr. Ivan Roten, who directs the program. Roten is an assistant professor of finance in Appalachian’s Department of Finance, Banking and Insurance and a CFP® certificant.

” Financial services providers offering wealth management services recognize that CFP® certification represents a level of credibility and ethics to the general public. In today’s world and with all that has occurred in the financial arena, this is another way for institutions to demonstrate that they hold to the highest level of professionalism and ethics,” Roten said.

Persons interested in enrolling in the Executive Program should have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and at least one year’s experience in financial planning. The requirements may be waived on a case-by-case basis by the program director.

Appalachian’s Executive Program will consist of six courses covering the knowledge needed to work in the personal financial planning field and to pass the CFP® Certification Examination. The curriculum addresses the fundamentals of personal financial planning, risk management and insurance, estate planning, retirement and employee benefit planning, investments, and individual income tax.

After successful completion of the Executive Program, a student is eligible to apply for the CFP® Certification Examination.

Cost is $750 per class, or $4,200 for the entire program, for those who pre-register for the coursework. The cost includes instruction and textbooks.

Additional information is available at, or write to Dr. Ivan Roten, CFP®, Department of Finance, Banking and Insurance, Box 32058, Boone, NC 28608, call (828) 262-6943, or e-mail