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Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA)

Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA)

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Bank Training Center offers CTFA training and certification information for those individuals interested in earning the prestigious Certified Trust and Financial Advisor certification.

The Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA) certification is the undisputed professional credential for financial services professionals whose primary function and expertise focus on the provision of fiduciary services related to trusts, estates, guardianships and individual asset management accounts.

The CTFA designation signifies that an individual working in this field has attained comprehensive training in the following professional knowledge areas: Fiduciary & and Trust Activities, Financial Planning, Tax Law & Planning, Investment Management, Ethics.


Candidates must pass an examination that covers the knowledge areas below:

1. Fiduciary & and Trust Activities (25% of the exam)
  • Nature and Characteristics of Account Relationship
  • Formal Requisites of Establishing Account
  • Fiduciary Responsibilities
  • Investment Responsibilities
  • Receipts and Payments
  • Accounting and Compensation
  • Alteration or Termination of the Trust
  • Regulatory/Compliance
2. Financial Planning (25% of the exam)
  • Personal Finance
  • Retirement
  • Insurance
  • Asset Transfer
  • Financial Investment
3. Tax Law & Planning (25% of the exam)
  • Income Tax
  • Transfer Tax
  • Applications of Tax Strategies
4. Investment Management (20% of the exam)
  • Economics and Markets
  • Portfolio Management Theories and Concepts
  • Types of Investments
  • Client Objectives & Constraints
  • Performance Measurement
5. Ethics (5% of the exam)
  • Advisory
  • Fiduciary
  • Business Development
  • Investment
  • Other

Examination Requirements

The qualifying exam consists of 200 multiple-choice questions; four hours is provided in which to complete the exam. Candidates may retake the exam if they do not pass; the exam re-take fee is $295. Candidates have the option of taking the exam in one of three formats:
  • A proctored exam at the candidate’s company, with an ICB-certified member serving as exam proctor
  • At an exam site that is within 2 hours driving time from the candidate's company
  • Exam sites have been established on specified dates at scheduled locations in a few areas around the nation

Additional Requirements

Candidates must meet the experience, education, ethics and examination requirements determined to be competency measures for wealth management professionals:
  • Professional Experience & Education: must meet one requirement
    • A minimum of three (3) years experience in wealth management as well as completion of an ICB-approved wealth management training program
    • Five (5) years experience in wealth management and a bachelor's degree
    • Ten (10) years experience in wealth management
  • Professional Reference - One letter of recommendation from your manager attesting to your qualifications for certification including your wealth management experience and your ethical character. Wealth management experience is defined as direct experience in the various facets of delivering financial planning and fiduciary services relating to trusts, estates, IRAs and individual asset management accounts. This experience further includes providing administrative, investment management, tax, legal and marketing services.
  • Ethics Statement - Each candidate must sign ICB's Professional Code of Ethics statement, which is the last page of the application.
  • Application – Candidates must complete and submit an application, affirming that they comply with the eligibility requirements at the time of submission; application fee is $600, covers exam as well

Continuing Education Requirements

Every three (3) years, each certificant must complete three (3) continuing education credits in Ethics, and forty-five (45) credits of continuing education in each of the following four knowledge areas (a minimum of six hours is required in each):
  • Fiduciary and Trust Activities
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Tax Law
  • Investments Management
Certificants are allowed to carry over up to fifteen (15) credits per three-year cycle.

An annual membership fee of $199 also is required to keep certification active.

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Bank Training Center offers Certified Trust and Financial Advisor program information for those individuals interested in earning the prestigious CTFA certification.

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