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UCI Division of Continuing Education Presents “Financial Planning Association Residency Program 2011”

One of a Kind Six-Day Program Provides Financial Planning Professionals with Skill Sets That Complement Technical Career Training

IRVINE, Calif. – June 7, 2011 – The University of California, Irvine Extension today announces that it will host the annual Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) Residency Program 2011 from Oct. 23- 28. The six-day program, taking place in Lake Arrowhead, Calif., will offer certified financial planners (CFP), or graduates of the CFP Board approved program, the hands-on training and resources needed to build the professional skill sets necessary for creating and maintaining lasting client relationships. With the FPA member early-bird registration open until June 17, participants are urged to register early as last year’s event sold out early.

As a testament to the strength of the program for financial planning professionals, Elissa Buie, CEO of Yeske Buie, a financial planning firm in Vienna, Virginia and a lifetime mentor of the FPA Residency program confirms that, “every new financial planner with our firm attends UCI Extension’s FPA Residency program. This year, we are sending all three of our most recent financial planning hires. The experiential learning at this retreat creates a complete shift in focus to incorporating the relationship building skills so necessary to being an exceptional financial planner. Sending our employees to the Residency program is one of the best investments we make in the growth and excellence of our employees.”

Participants will spend each day with industry leaders, who also serve as program mentors and instructors. Through unique and challenging scenario engagements, participants will come away with a deeper understanding of clients’ needs and motivations, as well as tangible strategies for better serving client requests. With the professional retreat taking place in serene Lake Arrowhead, residency participants are relieved of the distractions that may come with other professional development programs—ensuring the best return on a valuable investment, and providing an environment in which participants can engage and grow confident in their ability to create meaningful relationships with their clients by using their knowledge of the financial planning process.

“In today’s competitive market, CFP practitioners need to set themselves apart from the competition and this program will teach participants, and allow them to practice, the core communication competencies needed to meaningfully connect with their clients,”said Tom Pokladowski, Esq., Assistant Director for Business, Management, and Legal programs at UC Irvine Extension. “This program is the only one of its kind in the country—attracting financial planning professionals from all across the United States, as well as from locations abroad like Belgium and Hong Kong—and providing participants with a profound investment in their careers, and the tools to build lasting client relationships.”

To register for the program, participants must meet one of the following three requirements: they must have completed a required CFP Board-registered program and be eligible to sit for the CFP Certification Examination; be a newly certified CFP practitioner or candidate for CFP certification; or be a CFP professional who has held the designation for three years or less.

To receive the early bird registration rate, enroll by June 17.

About the Financial Planning Association

The Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) connects those who need, support and deliver financial planning. FPA believes that everyone is entitled to objective advice from a competent, ethical financial planner to make smart financial decisions. FPA members demonstrate and support a professional commitment to education and a client-centered financial planning process.

About UCI Division of Continuing Education

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum platform to connect degree programs to the world of work and achievement after graduation. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through the UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education, visit ce.uci.edu.

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit uci.edu.