Certificate Course

Succession Planning for Owner-Managers


DMA™ - Retirement Income Services Specialist


This course will help advisors become valuable resources to their clients in the succession planning process. Key concepts include understanding the importance of succession planning for the business and key positions within the business. It focuses on roles and financial issues, from both the perspectives of a business leader and successor. It also addresses the impact of succession on employees and the business as a whole, and succession of the business to third parties.


Course Content

Chapter 1 | Introduction to Succession Planning
Chapter 2 | Essentials of Planning and the Planning Process
Chapter 3 | Key Positions that Require Succession Planning
Chapter 4 | Role and Responsibility Issues for Business Leaders
Chapter 5 | Financial Issues for Business Leaders
Chapter 6 | Role and Responsibility Issues for Successors
Chapter 7 | Financial Issues for Successors
Chapter 8 | Succession Plan Implementation
Chapter 9 | Succession of the Business to Another Organization
Chapter 10 | Succession Planning: Specialized Situations

Student Experience

I gained a greater understanding of the stages of development of a business and the importance of starting the succession planning process early, particularly as a risk management tool. I also got a much better understanding of the depth of risk management and the importance of proactively seeking and implementing risk management solutions. I found this course very practical and directly useful for my personal family affairs as well as my professional position as a financial advisor. I believe this is a course that can help provide guidance to anyone who has to deal with their own family or client's business issues. Taking this course provides an understanding of the dynamics involved and arms you with the fundamentals that you need to build on to become an effective advisor within your specialization. Thank you for putting this course together. I've been looking for a course like this for a long time, and I'm very excited, inspired and eager to move onto my next course.

—Phyllis B., ON


This course provides an overview of the fundamentals of succession planning, enabling you to understand the key concepts in this important area and assist your clients in developing succession plans for their businesses.

What You'll Learn

You'll develop an understanding of the importance of the planning process, and how routine planning in the business is an important precursor for succession planning. You'll learn to differentiate and understand the relationship between succession planning for key positions in the business and for the business as a whole.

You'll coach business leaders and potential successors as to their roles and responsibilities in succession planning, particularly in terms of personal implications. You'll also Identify the key financial issues that business leaders and potential successors should consider when conducting succession planning, and the impact that the decisions they make can have on their future financial position.

Another key area you'll learn about is succession planning implementation.

You'll assist clients in challenging times, including failed succession attempts and assist business leaders in understanding the options and process for pursuing succession to a third party.

What’s Included

• Personal course selection consultation
• Virtual campus orientation
• Lesson and study plans
• Personal instructor email support
• Comprehensive Knowledge Journal
• EverGreen Online Research Library
• Knowledge Bureau calculators
• Testing and certification
• CE/CPD accreditation

Marking Guide

Case Studies
Final Exam
Passing Grade
Honours Achievement

All students who pass the course will receive a certificate. Students who receive a mark of 90% or better will receive a gold honours bar on their certificates.

CE | CPD Credits

Knowledge Bureau | 30 CPE credits

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