Prospective CPWA® candidates who are new to the program must submit an online application and fee. The online application takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. Submission of an application will result in a background check conducted by Investments & Wealth Institute staff. Within ten business days, prospective candidates will be notified of official acceptance into the program.
Submit the certification application and meet the prerequisites, which are:
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or one of the following certifications or licenses: CIMA®, RMA®, CFA®, CFP®, ChFC® or a CPA license.
Five years of experience in financial services at the time of certification.
- Successfully complete a comprehensive background check.
And select a registered education program:
|| Yale Online
|| CPWA Intensive
*Includes one-year membership
Depending on the registered education program you select, CPWA® coursework can be completed through a combination of self-study and in-person executive education, or completely online.
||In-person Program **
||December 18, 2020
||January 2021-June 2021
||June 13-18, 2021
||February 26, 2021
||March 2021-September 2021
||September 19-23, 2021
|CPWA Intensive Prep
||June 2020-December 2020
||December 8-10, 2020
*Classes have limited capacity and may fill up before the enrollment deadline.
**Program dates subject to change and COVID-19 restrictions. If the in-person program cannot be held as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, then the program will be delivered virtually by livestreaming.
Completion of the education program is a requirement for CPWA® certification. The content presented during the program is designed to be educational, and should not be solely relied upon for test preparation. Instructors do not have specific knowledge of exam questions.
Candidates must complete the CPWA® Certification Exam, a 4 hour-long, computer-based examination administered at local Pearson VUE testing centers or through Proctor U for online testing.
The exam is comprised of 135 multiple-choice questions.
To successfully prepare to sit for the Certification Examination, the recommended study time is 10-15 hours per week for approximately 6 months. Successful candidates report studying a total of 100-250 hours to prepare for the exam.
Once Investments & Wealth Institute receives successful exam results from the testing center, candidates will receive an email to complete the final steps:
- Document a minimum of five years of verified work experience in financial services.
- Sign a license agreement to adhere to the Investments & Wealth Institute's Code of Professional Responsibility and the appropriate use of the certification marks.
- Pay initial certification fee.