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Fundamentals of Financial Planning

Aug 27, 2024 - Oct 21, 2024

$895 Enroll

Full course description

Fundamentals of Financial Planning

Become familiar with the concepts and practice of financial planning. This course provides an overview of the financial planning process and offers guidance for managing a client's risk.

This course is not for credit and counts toward the completion of NAU's Certificate in Financial Planning. You will have support and feedback from the instructor throughout the course.

Program Information 

The W. A. Franke College of Business and NAU Continuing Education commit to helping finance professionals advance their careers through non-credit programs. Earn your Certificate in Financial Planning from NAU by completing all seven courses in this series. You also may decide to take one or two courses in any order. This will allow you to participate in the courses you need at a reduced rate. Upon completion of each non-credit course, you will receive a non-credit certificate of completion. Participants who complete all seven courses will receive a digital badge. The program can be completed in just over one year.

Requirements to Practice as a CFP® Professional

There are additional requirements outside of the coursework provided by NAU to practice as a CFP® professional, which include:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Complete approved coursework (NAU courses are board approved)
  • Pass the CFP® exam
  • Complete 6,000 hours of professional experience related to the financial planning process or 4,000 hours of apprenticeship experience that meets additional requirements
  • Experience may be gained before or after you take the exam

This course is offered in person at NAU-North Valley, or you may join online via Zoom.

NAU-North Valley: 15451 N. 28th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85053

Course Instructor: Steve Syrmopoulos

Course Dates: Tuesdays, August 27 through October 15

Course Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m., AZ Time

Cost: $895

Dr. Steve Syrmopoulos has been working in the finance and financial planning arenas for more than 40 years; personal financial planning, corporate finance, and international finance. He has been teaching money formally and informally for 30 years. His planning practice consists of individuals and small businesses, to whom he provides investment and retirement program suggestions and ideas primarily in the context of his position as an educator. Steve worked with Ernst & Young LLP in their Private Financial Consulting Group making retirement presentations to individuals and corporate employees of client firms including State Farm, U.S. Federal employees, and military families in all branches of the service.

The research Dr. Syrmopoulos conducts is in the area of financial literacy, studied through the prism of behavioral finance or as he likes to put it, why people make the decisions they make about money. This ongoing research work has examined the efficacy of private financial literacy programs, and the lack of retirement plans in small businesses. Steve has been at Northern Arizona University since 2018 and is himself a passionate lifelong learner. He feels very strongly when he states that ‘education is his passion and teaching is his privilege’.

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Professional disability specialists are available at Disability Resources to facilitate a range of academic support services and accommodations for students with disabilities. If you have a documented disability, you can request assistance by contacting Disability Resources at 928-523-8773 (voice), 928-523-8747 (fax), or (e-mail).