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Professional Fiduciary Management for Trustees

Projected outlook for some certified Professional Fiduciary Management for Trustees experts:

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*U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook – Personal Financial Advisors

Earn a CSUF Fiduciary Trustees Certificate in Less Than a Year

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Prepare to become a trustee with this fully online program from Cal State Fullerton. Led by instructors who are experts in the field, our program provides pre-licensing training that will help advance your career in fiduciary management.
Ted Ong

Instructor, Ted Ong

In this Q&A, Ted Ong discusses the value of internships, what it takes to be successful in the online Fiduciary program, and professional organizations that students should consider joining for career success.

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Mike Andrulis

Program graduate, Mike Andrulis

Hear from Mike Andrulis, Fiduciary certificate program graduate, about how this program helped his career success, how the instructors made a difficult topic manageable through their guidance, and how his prior life experience helped him in the program.

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Eric Black

Program graduate, Eric

Eric was working in the Entertainment Industry when he discovered his true calling as a fiduciary. Read about why he chose this career path, what he enjoyed about our program, and advice he has for new students.

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Benefits of the Fiduciary Trustees Program at CSUF:

Graduates of this Certificate Program Will Be Able to:

  • Legally and ethically manage a trust.
  • Determine compatibility and potential conflict of interest between trust and trustee.
  • Determine protection of assets.
  • Develop and implement investor policy statements.
  • Develop and maintain accounting records.
  • Meet the pre-licensing education requirements to qualify to take the professional fiduciary licensing exam (with the exception of one hour of "cultural competency" training that is not currently offered in this program)

Ideal for:

  • Anyone interested in applying their fiscal or financial management skills.
  • Those in the following fields may be a good fit: insurance, accounting, estate planning, paralegal or legal, real estate, care management, financial services, auction, or gerontology.

Program Stats:

  • Four required courses (60 hours of lecture and discussion).
  • Fully online.
  • Approved by the California Professional Fiduciaries Bureau as an educational provider.
  • Six to ten months long.
  • 6.0 continuing education units (CEUs).

Please Note: Students are able to register for these courses through the first Wednesday following the start of each course, provided the course has not reached full capacity.

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Winter / Spring 2025
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Days Date Time Location
06/10/24-07/14/24 Online Online-Variable
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07/29/24-09/01/24 Online Online-Variable
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Upon completion of the certificate program, graduates will be able to:
- Describe the full range of duties typically performed by trustees.
- Apply legal standards and ethical guidelines to the process of making decisions about the management of a trust in order to avoid real or apparent conflicts of interest.
- Evaluate a trust to determine compatibility and potential conflict of interest between the trust and the trustee.
- Use knowledge of asset management to determine whether there is an overall plan in place to protect the assets of the trust.
- Apply knowledge of the Uniform Prudent Investor Act to the development and implementation of an Investment Policy Statement.
- Demonstrate knowledge of professional fiduciary standards and practices designed to protect the liability and reputation of a trustee.
- Develop and maintain accounting records of all transactions performed in the capacity of trustee.

The Advisory Board defined the certificate program audience as:
- Individuals interested in applying their fiscal or financial management skills to the work of trustees
-Individuals working in closely related fields such as insurance, accounting, estate planning, or paralegal work
-Individuals working in the field of gerontology that have an aptitude for and interest in working as professional fiduciaries

Note: California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), Extension and International Programs (EIP) does not guarantee that a student will qualify for examination eligibility, as defined by the Professional Fiduciaries Act, after completion of the CSUF Professional Fiduciary Management certificate program.

To view the licensing exam eligibility requirements and code of regulations visit the Professional Fiduciaries Bureau website here: http://www.fiduciary.ca.gov/.

It is recommended that participants who reside outside of United States and whose first language is not English possess English language proficiency equivalent to:
A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper) or 80 (iBT) or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5
There is no need to send the test score to the University. It the participant's responsibility to demonstrate English language proficiency necessary to fully participate in the class lectures and discussions.

Lee Anke
CEO & Advisory Representative, Prudent Investors Network
Susan Baer
Professional Fiduciary, Baer Fiduciary
Donald B Crane
Faculty, Department of Finance, California State University, Fullerton
George M Dery III
Faculty, Division of Politics, Administration & Justice, California State University, Fullerton
Joseph F Etienne
Professional Fiduciary, Probate Estate Administration
Lauren Henderson
Program Developer University Extended Education California State University, Fullerton
Kari A Knutson Miller
Dean, University Extended Education and AVP, International Programs & Global Engagement University Extended Education, California State University, Fullerton
Margo Lynch
Independent Conservator and Trustee
Michelle Mcbee
Independent Professional Fiduciary
Freddy Ochoa
Independent Professional Fiduciary
Ted Ong
President, Prudent Investors Network
Shelly Wang
Manager, Program Development, University Extended Education, California State University, Fullerton
Elaine Watrous
Trust Administrator, Law Offices of Donald A. Hunsberger

Program Details

Location: Online, Weekly modules
Length: 6 - 10 months
Total Program Cost: $2,000
Next Start: June 2024

*Cost is approximate and subject to change

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