Certified Annuity Specialist® (CAS®)
Searching for specialized annuity training? Then you've come to the right place!
ABTrainingCenter.com offers Certified Annuity Specialist® (CAS®) training and certification courses for those individuals interested in earning the prestigious Certified Annuity Specialist® designation.
The Certified Annuity Specialist® (CAS®) designation demonstrates the advisor's expertise and commitment to helping individuals work towards their retirement goals with annuities as a suitable option.
The Certified Annuity Specialist® (CAS®) covers all of the traditional aspects of fixed-rate and variable products; a detailed part of the materials also covers the different titling options and the estate and income tax ramifications of each.
This program will open your eyes to a number of products/riders that you never thought existed. Your clients will appreciate the special knowledge and insight you bring to the table as a CAS®.
CAS® is fully accredited and is the oldest designation in the annuity industry. It is the only such designation recognized by dozens of Fortune 500 companies.
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ABTrainingCenter.com offers the certification course for earning the CAS® designation. To pursue the CAS® designation, select the recommended course below or search under "Designations/Certifications" in the following search box for "CAS® - Certified Annuity Specialist®".
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Students are given 12 months to complete the program, but the vast majority of the enrollees complete the materials within 15 weeks. There are four requirements for certification:
- Pass three exams; each one covers two of the six modules (students can purchase a three-month extension for $40)
- Complete one open-book case study (a one page set of facts based on a hypothetical client)
- Fill out a registration form and complete a student questionnaire, and
- Sign a code of ethics
Each exam is a 60 minute, 50-question, computer-administered exam - a passing score of 70% is required for each exam. Exams can only be taken sequentially, and the student needs to be notified of a passing grade before sitting for the next exam.
Exams are taken online, with a proctor (disinterested third party). There is no additional exam fee; it is included in the cost of your course tuition. If a re-take is necessary, a $75 charge will apply.
To earn this designation, candidates must have at least 2,000 hours of work experience in the financial services industry or a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. The designation will not be granted until the required minimum number of hours has been fulfilled or a bachelor's degree has been granted.
Continuing Education Requirements
Designees must report 30 hours of CE every 2 years directly to IBF. Designees have a wide range of topics and methods to choose from (e.g., attending seminars, reading books, completing other courses, teaching, writing articles, etc.). Also, each year designees must remit a $100 annual renewal fee.
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