The American College, a financial services educator based here, has launched an expedited learning program designed to prepare financial advisors for the Certified Financial Planner certification examination in roughly seven months.Developed in conjunction with the JR Financial Group, a financial services trainer, the program, titled Financial Planning Express, combines self-study with a series of live, four-day classroom sessions held every six weeks. The six modules that comprise the Express program conclude three weeks prior to the CFP certification examination with a live, five-day comprehensive review of all 89 CFP topics covered on the test.

Individuals interested in participating in the Financial Express program are encouraged to enroll as quickly as possible, due to the fact that enrollment allows program participants to avail themselves of the initial self-study period for the first of the program's six modules.

The culmination of the first module is a live review session on the college's Bryn Mawr campus on Dec. 7-10.

"The review sessions consist of intensive 'boot camp'-style learning, including quizzes, case studies and problems," explained Jeffrey H. Rattiner, CFP and president of JR Financial Group Inc. "After the completion of each live review, students can take their course examination and move to the next course."

The college said that the six courses that are part of the Financial Planning Express program, associated study materials, review materials and live instruction are all included in the tuition fee.

Earlier this year, the college launched a pilot version of the program and reported that 75 percent of the participants passed the CFP exam.

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