The Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designation will require a total of nine college-level courses for students starting the program beginning October 1. Already containing all of the educational elements of the generalist CFP Certification plus two additional specialized electives, the revised curriculum adds the further requirement of a comprehensive case analysis course, according to The American College.

“ChFC is the single strongest indication consumers have that a financial planner is well qualified to practice and exemplifies the highest standard of knowledge and trust,” said Larry Barton, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of The American College in a statement. “The new enhancement to the requirements for this designation continues to put more distance between this mark and other credentials in the field.”