MFA™-Retirement & Succession Services Specialist Designation

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Add a highly prized service to your career: custom-design tax-efficient retirement income plans as a Master Financial Advisor.

Choose Your Pathway—two Options

Take six courses

As a designated specialist, provide high level advice with deep knowledge and top skills in your field. Study time is flexible—take up to 18 months to finish.

Take one course

A Great Way to Start. Earn a respected Certificate of Achievement in a course of your choice and 30 CE/CPD Credits. Take up to three months.


Earn Your MFA™ Designation as a Retirement & Succession Services Specialist

DIFFERENTIATE YOURSELF. As a designated specialist, provide advice and recommendations on retirement readiness based on personal time horizons and savings goals; then custom-design tax-efficient retirement income from multiple sources and manage late life change due to disability and death.

Custom-Design Your Own Flexible Study Plan

Choose six certificate courses from the list below:


Debt and Cash Flow Management

Tax Strategies for Investors

Tax Efficient Retirement Income Planning


Fundamentals of Succession Planning

Portfolio Risk Management

Planning with Trusts


Earn a Professional Certificate

Get started on your Diploma or Designation Program with your first certificate course. Hone your practical skills and fill knowledge gaps in this area of studies. Shore up your professional development with a single certificate course from the list above. It’s a great way to fulfill professional development requirements and start on your pathway towards a diploma or designation. Every online course provides 30 CE/CPD credit hours.

“This course is a great review for me given my current training as a CFP and with my MBA. However, I have to say I really like the course presentation. The information is very straight-forward and gets right to the practical side of working with people regarding planning and living in retirement.”

- Laura Sciore, MFA™ - Retirement Services Specialist Undergraduate

Have You Met Your CE/CPD Requirements?

Please read the Standards of Conduct. Designates of Knowledge Bureau require 15 CE/CPD credits before year end to re-license their registered marks for the next calendar year.

Please contact us to stay onside with your re-licensing requirements and to receive your VIP designate rates on your tuition fees.

Your Tuition Includes
These All-Inclusive Resources

• 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
• Examination, certification and designation

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