The ChFC® designation is a financial planning credential awarded by the American College to individuals who satisfy its educational, work experience and ethics requirements. Recipients of the ChFC® certification have completed at least seven mandatory college-level courses in the areas of financial, insurance, retirement and/or estate planning, as well as income taxation and/or investments. Additionally, recipients have completed at least two elective courses on the financial system, estate planning applications, executive compensation, and/or retirement decisions. In order to maintain the designation, ChFC® holders must satisfy the ongoing requirements of the Professional Achievement in Continuing Education (“PACE”) Recertification Program, which includes 30 hours of continuing education at least every two years.