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More and more Christians are discovering the worldview of their advisor matters. In an increasingly commoditized marketplace, it is helpful to be able to distinguish yourself as an advisor that has been trained in biblically wise financial advice.
Through this self-paced, online study, you can learn the skills to help your clients connect their values to their financial goals and decisions. This professionally proven course has been masterfully created with outstanding faculty at work in the intersection of faith and financial services. Through short video teachings (lectures) and real-world case studies, you will be equipped to confidently handle the Word of God in the context of your daily practice.
Ron Blue is the CEO of the Ron Blue Institute at Indiana Wesleyan University and holds a BS and an MBA from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. In 1979, he founded Ronald Blue & Company - now Ronald Blue Trust, the largest Christian financial planning firm in the country. He has authored eighteen books, including Master Your Money, The Complete Guide to Faith Based Family Finances, and Surviving Financial Meltdown.
Whether you are new to online learning or have taken online courses before, we are eager to help you every step of the way.
The course is delivered in partnership with the Ron Blue Institute and administered through Indiana Wesleyan University. You will will receive a University Certificate from Indiana Wesleyan University upon completion.
1. What is the CKA® Educational Program?
A university-based, online, self-directed certificate course developed in collaboration with the Ron Blue Institute and targeted to the practicing financial professional who desires to integrate biblical decision-making principles into their practice and achieve the CKA® designation.
2. What is the CKA® designation?
A designation for the Christian financial professional who wants to achieve the gold standard of professional training in faith/work integration. This designation is gaining industry acceptance as the distinction that sets advisors apart to be excellent at offering holistic advice to clients of the Christian faith.
3. Who should take the CKA® Educational Program?
All U.S.- based candidates seeking the CKA® designation.
4. If I am not eligible for the CKA® designation, should I still consider taking the CKA® Educational Program?
Yes. Anyone seeking to fully integrate biblically wise financial advice into their practice regardless of their eligibility for the CKA® designation will benefit from the holistic learning approach for integrating the biblical truths learned into their client practice. For those desiring to view the training videos only without the case studies, scripture memory and quizzes, refer to the Core Training 2nd Edition.
5. Why is CKA® Educational Program university-based?
The move to universities delivers the academic rigor and national proctored exam needed to garner wider industry acceptance for the CKA® designation which currently has over 1,000 designees and received over 20,000 directory searches in 2017.
6. Which universities offer the CKA® Educational Program?
For 2018, Indiana Wesleyan University and Liberty University will be the first two universities to offer the program.
7. Is continuing education (CE) credit available for the CKA® Educational Program?
Yes, the program has been accepted for 28 hours of CFP®, IMCA and PACE continuing education credit (the maximum granted to fulfill two years’ CE requirements)
8. How will the CKA® Educational Program help me in practice?
9. What if I have questions as I complete the course?
You will be assigned an instructional mentor to give you feedback on the case study and to answer your questions.
10. How much time do I need to invest to complete the course?
Approximately 60 hours.
11. How long do I have to complete the course?
Each participant will have up to 6 months to complete the course.
12. What is included in the course?
13. Is there a course textbook?
There is an optional CKA® Educational Program Resource Guide available for purchase for $75. Consisting of over 200 pages complete with diagrams, illustrations, and ample space for note taking, the workbook will be a practical tool to utilize even after the course is complete.
14. How do I receive the CKA® designation?
16. What is my financial investment?