Investments & Wealth Institute believes all advisors should have the same opportunity when it comes to their access to specialized education. 2020 is the inaugural year of the Scholarship Fund, which is designed to reduce the financial barrier to entry for eligible professionals who meet the requirements to pursue advanced designations. 

The Institute is proud to feature some of our very deserving Scholarship recipients, who exemplify the Institute's values of continuously striving for excellence and the highest ethical standards. 


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Leslie Chang, CFP®, Candidate for CPWA® Certification

"By investing in yourself, you show up better for others. Like investors, finance professionals want to see a return on investment. I am sure if you ask someone who has obtained the CIMA certification or CPWA certification if they believe it was worth the investment (both in time and financial cost), they will likely say yes. Perhaps it does not immediately result in new AUM or additional revenue, but it certainly increases one’s knowledge base and confidence level. Just as we would expect health professionals to stay up-to-date and be well-trained as advances and discoveries in medicine are made, clients expect the same level of expertise of their financial advisors to help them navigate every aspect of their financial lives.” 


Shaun Taylor, Candidate for CIMA® Certification

"My goal is to work with high-net-worth clients and endowments. Earning the CIMA designation is an illustration to prospective clients that I possess the knowledge to effectively manage their capital. It will give me the credibility of having specialized training and knowledge. The CIMA certification is critical in helping me build trust and create relationships with wealthy sophisticated investors who have complex needs.”


Lynn Ann Gillen, CIMA® 

Candidate for RMA® Certification

"I’m excited to be studying for the RMA certification to better assist clients making the transition into retirement and accessing portfolios we have spent many years building.  The CIMA program offered a deep dive into many aspects of investments, I’m looking forward to doing the same with retirement issues. As an advisor it’s imperative we are continually learning and seeking ways to improve the experience and outcomes for our clients."


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CIMA Certification

The Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) certification is the peak international, technical portfolio construction program for investment consultants, analysts, financial advisors and wealth management professionals.

CIMA certification stands out among other financial certifications for its effective emphasis on the combination of theory and practical application.

Learn more  about the CIMA Certification.



CPWA Certification

Certified Private Wealth Advisor® (CPWA®) is an advanced professional certification for advisors who serve high-net-worth clients. It’s designed for seasoned professionals who seek the latest, most advanced knowledge and techniques to address the sophisticated needs of clients with a minimum net worth of $5 million.

Unlike credentials that focus specifically on investing or financial planning, the CPWA program takes a holistic and multidisciplinary approach.

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RMA Certification

The Retirement Management Advisor® (RMA®) program is an advanced certificate program and pathway to certification that focuses on building custom retirement income plans to mitigate clients' risks and to master the retirement planning advisory process, all within an increasingly regulatory environment.

Focused on outcomes, not expectations, the RMA certification provides advisors with practical tools, techniques, and methodologies.

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Certification Scholarship Fund

Investments & Wealth Institute wants to help eligible individuals who are passionate about growing their career through advanced education. The Institute’s new Scholarship Fund will offset costs for qualified candidates for the Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®), Certified Private Wealth Advisor® (CPWA®) and Retirement Management Advisor ® (RMA®) designations. 

In response to recent economic changes, the Institute has doubled the amount of financial aid offered for the next several months. Additionally, we've created a new Advisors in Transition scholarship that is offered to advisors who have been laid off or who can demonstrate financial hardship. 

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