Certification Board Elected for IARFC Accreditation Process

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The International Association of Registered Financial Consultants (IARFC) has completed its election for the Certification Board to oversee the Master Registered Financial Consultant (MRFC) designation. This is an important step in the path to NCCA accreditation for the MRFC program, anticipated to be completed in early Spring of 2017.

International Association of Registered Financial Consultants

With the strength of this new controlling board, I am confident that our work toward accreditation will be met with positive reaction from the NCCA.... Jim Lifter

The mission of the MRFC Certification Board is to provide an ongoing benefit to the general public by granting and recertifying the MRFC designation and upholding the MRFC as a standard of excellence for ethical, valued, competent and client-focused financial consultants. It is a separately functioning department of the IARFC that will operate and oversee the accreditation process.

Recently elected to the Certification Board by IARFC members are: Nicolas Pologeorgis, RFC, Ph.D, LUTCF - Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV; Louise Fallica, RFC - Design Capital Planning Group, Smithtown NY; Edward Skelly, RFC, CLU, ChFC - Sterling Financial Partners, Ashburn VA; Burton Stewart, RFC - Stewart and Company, Raleigh, NC; and Julie Friend - The National Support Company, New Milford, CT. At their first meeting on October 30th, Dr. Pologeorgis was elected Chairman of the MRFC Certification Board.

“I am happy to provide the IARFC and the MRFC Council my experience and expertise in accreditation as well as assessment and evaluation matters in pursuit of their accreditation goals,” stated Pologeorgis. “I am looking forward to working with everyone involved in the process.”

The core objectives of this Board is three fold – (1) protection of the public interest, (2) communication and awareness of the credibility of the designation and enhancement of its status in the public marketplace, and (3) proficiency of the designees. The Board will maintain standards that reflect the current job responsibilities of a financial consultant and provide a pool of well-qualified financial professionals accessible by the general public. They will also ensure that designees adhere to the IARFC Code of Ethics and maintain all pertinent continuing education for members to stay current in their field(s).

“With the strength of this new controlling board, I am confident that our work toward accreditation will be met with positive reactions from the NCCA,” relates Jim Lifter, IARFC Education Director. “I am looking forward to working closely with the new members of the MRFC Certification Board, and know that they are going to provide strong leadership as we move into the future.”

For more information on the IARFC accreditation journey contact Amy Primeau, MRFC Board Liaison - amy(at)iarfc(dot)org.

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