Registered Financial Consultant (RFC)
to those financial advisors who can meet the high standards of education, experience and integrity that are required of all of its members. The IARFC founded in 1984 is an organization of proven financial professionals formed to foster public confidence in the financial planning profession, to help financial advisors exchange planning techniques, and to give deserved recognition to those practitioners who are truly qualified and committed to professional education.
While serving a number of needs for its members, the primary purpose of the IARFC is to provide the public with a pool of well-qualified practitioners from which to choose a personal advisor. The RFC® designation is removed from anyone who fails to maintain proficiency through substantial continuing education, or who betrays the public trust by failing to live up to its Code of Ethics or by having a professional license revoked or suspended for any reason. The maintenance of proficiency with a minimum of 40 hours per year of continuing education in the field of financial planning distinguishes the RFC® from other professionals. The IARFC is convinced that extensive on-going professional education is essential for an advisor to serve the public effectively.
Minimum Requirements for Registered Financial Consultants:
- Applicants must have a minimum of four years’ experience as a full-time practitioner in the field of financial planning.
- Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate or graduate degree in financial planning or services with strong emphasis on subjects relating to economic, accounting, business, statistics, finance, and similar studies; or have earned one of the following professional degrees or designation: AAMS, CFA, CFP, ChFC, CLU, CPA, EA, JD or completed a CFP equivalent or IARFC approved curriculum at an accredited college or university.
- The educational curriculum must have included a stringent examination process. If not, an experienced candidate must pass an RFC challenge examination.
- Applicants must have met the licensing requirements for securities and life and health insurance; or an applicant who is a fee-only planner and is not licensed must submit information on the applicant’s Registered Investment Advisor affiliation.
- Applicants must have a sound record of business integrity with no suspensions or revocation of any professional licenses.
- Applicants must subscribe and adhere to the RFC Code of Ethics.