Disclosures for Professional Designations - BetterWealth, San Jose, CA
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, CFP®
The CFP® certification is obtained by completing an advanced college-level course of study addressing the financial planning subject areas that the CFP® Board’s studies have determined as necessary for the competent and professional delivery of financial planning services, a comprehensive certification exam and agreeing to be bound by the CFP® board’s Standard of Professional Conduct. As a prerequisite, the individual must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited United States college or university (or foreign university equivalent) and have at least 3 years of full time financial planning experience (or equivalent measured at 2,000 hours per year). This designation requires 30 hours of continuing education every 2 years and renewing an agreement to be bound by the Standards of Professional Conduct.
ACCREDITED INVESTMENT FIDUCIARY™, AIF®
The AIF® designation certifies that the recipient has specialized knowledge of fiduciary standards of care and their application to the investment management process. To receive the AIF® designation, individuals must complete a training program, successfully pass a comprehensive, closed-book final examination under the supervision of a proctor and agree to abide by the AIF® Code of Ethics. In order to maintain the AIF® designation, the individual must annually renew their affirmation of the AIF Code of Ethics and complete six hours of continuing education credits. The certification is administered by the Center for Fiduciary Studies, LLC (a Fiduciary360 (fi360) company).
CENTER FOR FIDUCIARY EXCELLENCE, LLC, CEFEX®
BetterWealth contracted with and provided payment to the Center for Fiduciary Excellence, LLC (CEFEX) to independently examine our practices against the internationally recognized standards and best practices for fiduciaries. CEFEX works closely with industry experts to provide comprehensive assessment programs to improve the fiduciary practices of investment stewards, advisors, recordkeepers, administrators, and managers. On November 26, 2019, BetterWealth received this certification. An annual assessment is required to retain this certification.
The CEFEX assessment process is based on the international standard, ISO 19011: Guideline for quality management system auditing. The assessment is evidence-based, and all work is reviewed by the CEFEX registration committee to ensure impartiality and consistency. The assessment typically includes document review, client file sampling, on-site visits, and interviews with senior representatives at the firm. The assessment is conducted by CEFEX Analysts who must hold the Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst® designation and a minimum of the ASPPA 401(k) Administrator (QKA) designation for ASPPA certifications. CEFEX Analysts maintain annual assessment training. For more on this assessment process, visit www.cefex.org.
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