Surgent's Complete Guide to Personal Financial Planning (Self-Study)


Date Valid for one year from purchase date
Format Self-Study (Downloadable PDF)
CPE credits CPE 10.0
of study
Specialized Knowledge - Technical (5.0)
Taxes - Technical (5.0)
Standard member fee $150.00
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The purpose of this practical course is to provide CPAs with a roadmap to personal financial planning engagements. The course is essential for any CPA looking to establish or enhance a personal financial planning practice.

Who should take this program?

CPAs, investment advisors, insurance professionals, trust administrators, bankers, and any other financial services professionals seeking to expand their knowledge and competence and to expand their professional services in the area of financial planning

Major subjects

  • Couples planning in the Post-DOMA world: what it means for income tax rates, estate planning, Social Security, withholding, and other open issues and questions
  • Client goal setting -- A comprehensive set of worksheets and checklists that aid the planner and the client in setting objectives
  • Registering with the SEC as an investment adviser and the exemptions available for the CPA
  • Retirement planning and wealth accumulation -- How to avoid common pitfalls and retire rich
  • The ten most common mistakes when investing for retirement
  • Estate planning -- How to apply the tax and nontax strategies used most by planners today
  • Tax planning and tax computations -- Fundamentals, compliance, special rules, tax characteristics of business forms, tax planning strategies
  • Nursing home planning -- Decision making during incapacity, choosing and financing nursing home care
  • Disability insurance in the financial plan
  • Many of the 106 knowledge requirements for the comprehensive CFP® exam

Learning objective(s)

  • Acquire working knowledge and competence within all subject areas of financial planning
  • Apply financial planning principles and concepts to assist clients in identifying their goals, setting their priorities, and designing investment plans to accumulate the funds necessary to achieve their objectives
  • Assist clients in the identification and management of risks ranging from life, disability, and health exposures to property and liability exposures
  • Advise and educate clients on the tools and techniques of investment management, risk management, retirement planning, and estate planning
  • Help clients to understand and use tax-smart strategies to improve the bottom line performance of their financial plans


Course code Code JSDLCGFP
Sponsor Surgent
NASBA ID#: 103212
Level Basic
Format Self-Study (Downloadable PDF)
Prerequisites Prereq. None