CENTENNIAL, CO--(Marketwired - May 22, 2013) - The College for Financial Planning (CFFP), the nation's premier financial planning education institution, recently announced it has enhanced the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor(SM) or CRPC® Program, one of its most popular programs, as a result of its extensive survey of industry professionals and CFFP alumni. This is the biggest revision to the program since its establishment in 1998.

The latest improvements to the program will better meet the evolving needs of planners by enhancing the curriculum's focus on retirement income and reducing the focus on plan administration from the employer side. Additions include a new module focusing on Traditional, Roth and SIMPLE IRAs, and new sections covering Social Security maximizations, Medicare, military benefits, behavioral finance, cash flows in retirement and where to retire.

These changes are a result of CFFP's 2012 study that was conducted to ensure the program curriculum correctly aligned with job responsibilities, knowledge and skills required to be a financial planner. The study involved surveying more than 18,000 CRPC® graduates, all CRPC® course instructors, and focus group interviews with financial industry experts.

"We make it a priority to stay very attuned to the needs and wants of our students and our alumni," CFFP President John Sears said. "The updates we've made to the CRPC® program are an example of our ongoing efforts to hear suggestions and implement enhancements to prepare the very best financial planners in the country."

The CRPC® curriculum helps students examine the entire retirement process from start to finish through real client situations and models defining useful retirement techniques. Students follow a family just graduating from college all the way to death, helping the family to save for retirement, recognizing and planning for issues on the path to and during retirement and helping them enjoy their life in retirement through distribution strategies designed to maximize the quality of life.

For more information on CFFP and the updated CRPC® program, visit www.cffpinfo.com.

About the College for Financial Planning
Founded in 1972, the College for Financial Planning provides accessible and flexible degree, non-degree, and continuing professional education programs to students nationwide. Shortly after its founding, the College introduced the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification, which has evolved into the world's most recognized and respected financial planning credential, with more than 60,000 professionals in the U.S. having earned the designation.

In addition to its CFP Certification Professional Education Program, the College offers three graduate degree programs, for more in-depth knowledge of the finance industry. Professional designation programs are also available, with specializations ranging from asset management to retirement planning. College for Financial Planning is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. More than 140,000 students have graduated from the College's programs. For more information, visit www.cffpinfo.com.

Contact Information:

Christopher Allen
College for Financial Planning
800-237-9990 ext. 4815

Kelly Heavey
The Bawmann Group