Registered Financial Associate (RFA)

Designation Essentials
Status Currently offered and recognized by the issuing organization.
Issuing Organization International Association of Registered Financial Consultants (IARFC)
Qualification and Educational Requirements
Prerequisites Bachelor's or graduate degree in financial planning from an institution offering an IARFC-approved or CFP-equivalent curriculum, or financial professional with less than three years financial service industry experience.
Education Requirements

One of the following:

  • Hold one of the following professional designation: AAMS, CFA, CFP, ChFC, CLU, CPA, EA, LUTCF.
  • A Series 65 Securities license or one of the following combinations: Series 6 & 63, Series 6 & 66, Series 7 & 63, Series 7 & 66.
  • Life Insurance license.
  • A Bachelors' or advanced degree in Business, Finance, Economics, or a related field.
  • Education requirement can also be met by completing the entire course requirements for the following IARFC designations: RFA, RFC or MRFC. 
Examination Type None
Continuing Education Requirements Forty hours every two years in the field of personal finance and professional practice management. Four hours every two years must be devoted to ethics.
Verification, Complaints and Accreditation
Check Designation Status Online Online at Find a Consultant
Investor Complaint Process Online at Professional Conduct
Published List of Disciplined Designees None
Accredited By None