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CIMA/CPWA Renewal Requirements

By maintaining the CIMA®/CPWA® credentials[1], certified professionals are demonstrating high standards of professionalism to the public they serve. Certificants must renew their certification every two years. There are three requirements for renewal:

  1. Complete and report a minimum of 40 hours of continuing education (CE) credit, including two ethics hours. New! Tax & Regs Requirement Coming in 2020.
  2. Pay a certification renewal fee. View current fee structure.
  3. Complete the compliance requirement – indicating continued adherence to the Institute’s Code of Professional Responsibility, and Rules and Guidelines for Use of the Marks, as well as disclosing any federal/state regulatory actions or complaints.

The certification period begins on the first day of the month that the license is effective and expires on the last day of that month, two years later. Failure to meet all certification renewal requirements by the renewal deadline will result in loss of the right to use the certification marks.

Certified individuals will receive renewal notifications, and will have the option to pay the renewal fee and complete the compliance requirement, as early as six months prior to the renewal deadline.

Download the Renewal Requirements Guide for more detailed information about the renewal policies and process.

Certification renewal requirements may change at the discretion of the CIMA® Certification Commission or CPWA® Private Wealth Committee. Certificants will be notified in advance of any certification renewal requirements changes.

Report CE Credit

Report CE

 CE Submittal Form

Investing in ongoing education is paramount in today's changing, highly-regulated financial environment. The following options are available for earning and submitting CE credit toward Investments & Wealth Institute certifications (CIMA®/CPWA®/RMA).

  1. Investments & Wealth Institute Premier CE: Investments & Wealth Institute offers premier-quality education at a discounted rate to members. A benefit to choosing Institute education is that all in-person and online programs are guaranteed to be accepted for CE credit, and credit is automatically reported on your behalf. CE credit earned at in-person events will be reflected in your account approximately 2 weeks after the event. CE credit earned through online offerings will be reflected within 24–48 business hours.
  2. Sponsored CE: Third-party education providers can submit programs to be pre-accepted by the Institute for CE credit, and they MAY submit your attendance on your behalf.  Contact CE Sponsors directly to find out which of their offerings have been pre-accepted. If they do not submit CE credit on your behalf, you may update your CE record instantaneously via the CE credit reporting tool on the website by entering the Institute-assigned program ID number provided to you by the CE Sponsor. Note: Responsibility for continuing education may not be delegated by certificants to third-party sponsors and providers. All certificants are responsible for ensuring that the CE record on their Dashboard contains accurate CE credits by their renewal deadline. CE reported through third-party Sponsors and providers is subject to audit.
  3. Self-Reported CE: CE through industry programs not yet accepted by the Institute can still count for CE credit as long as the topic covered is included on the Institute’s Accepted CE Topics list set forth below. Complete and submit the CE Submittal Form along with the required documentation listed below:
    • CONTENT: Final agenda from CE provider with attended sessions marked (for conferences only) and program/session description(s) from CE provider
    • CLOCK TIME: Documentation of 50-minute-minimum session/program length from CE provider
    • COMPLETION: Proof of completion/attendance (attestation from CE provider, “thank you for attending” notification, sign-in sheet, completion certificate or final attendee list). Registration confirmations, travel arrangements and ID badges are not accepted as proof of completion

Email your completed CE Submittal Form to recertification@i-w.org or fax it to +1 303-770-1812. Note: CE obtained through other providers is subject to audit.

Read about the changes coming to the CE reporting process in 2020

Accepted CE Topics

Continuing education is a form of recertification and should be related directly to the knowledge, skills and abilities that are covered in the education and examination process. A summary of accepted CE topics for CIMA and CPWA certifications are listed below. Note this is not an exhaustive list. For more details, see the certification topics in the Candidate Handbooks for CIMA Certification and CPWA Certification.

Accepted Education Topics (please note this is not an exhaustive list)

Technical Investment Management

  • Global Capital Market History and Valuation
  • Applied Finance and Economics
  • Applied Statistics and Data Interpretation
  • Traditional and Alternative Investments
  • Portfolio Performance and Risk Measurements
  • Portfolio Theory
  • Individual and Institutional Investment Policies
  • Manager Selection
  • Investment Analysis and Recommendations
  • Investment Consulting Process (including client discovery, monitoring and portfolio review)

Wealth Management

  • Applied Behavioral Finance Family Dynamics
  • Tax Strategies and Planning Portfolio Management
  • Risk Management and Asset Protection
  • Business Entities and Closely Held Business Executive Compensation Plans
  • Retirement Planning
  • Charitable Giving
  • Estate Planning and Wealth Transfer

Governance and Regulations

  • Investments & Wealth Institute Code of Professional Responsibility
  • Ethics
  • Applicable Regulations; Compliance and Legal Implications


  • Building Your Business (if related to investment or wealth management)
  • Leadership Programs (if related to investment or wealth management)

Retirement Management

  • Client Diagnostics
  • Retirement Lifecycle
  • Retirement Management and Allocations
  • Retirement risks
  • Retirement income
  • Comprehensive retirement planning
  • Social Security and Medicare
  • Healthcare planning
  • Elder care/Edler Abuse/Dementia assistance
  • Retirement policy-making
  • Accumulation and decumulation strategies
  • Retirement product landscape
  • Withdrawal strategies
  • Tax-efficiency in retirement
  • Insurance strategies

Topics and Submissions Not Accepted (please note this is not an exhaustive list)

  • Marketing skills and techniques
  • Motivation programs
  • Team building
  • All FINRA, NASAA, insurance or other regulatory and licensing exams
  • Proprietary information, products or services
  • Normal business procedures
  • Due diligence presentations/sessions
  • Online courses without exams and passing grade
  • Webcasts without proof of attendance/exams
  • Client/public presentations or seminars
  • Programs/sessions less than 50 minutes
  • Tapes/CDs/DVDs
  • Prep classes for licenses/certifications
  • Self-published books
  • Authorship of newspaper articles
  • Non-peer reviewed journals
  • Grading exams for other designations/certifications

1 Those who are authorized to use the Certified Investment Management Consultant® (CIMC®) marks must adhere to the same certification renewal requirements set forth for the CIMA® certification. CIMC® will not be referenced separately throughout.