Financial Planners, Advisors to Meet in Washington, D.C. for Training, Certification

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Financial professonals will meet in Washington, D.C., October 5-6, for an intensive two-day training course to gain the designation as a Certified Federal Employee Benefits Specialist (CFEBS) (

Financial planners will meet in Washington, D.C., Oct. 5-6, for an intensive two-day training course to gain the designation as a Certified Federal Employee Benefits Specialist (CFEBS) (

The CFEBS course and designation equips financial and estate planners, investment advisors, insurance agents, tax preparers and other professionals with a thorough understanding of federal benefits and associated retirement planning.

“Federal benefit programs are very complicated. Only the best-trained professionals are able to service this market,” says Judy Snow, the founder of Federal Employee Benefits Specialist, Inc. (FEBSI) and developer of the CFEBS training program.

“Having the CFEBS designation helps financial professionals to learn the ins and outs of these benefits programs, and how to reach federal employees who are in need of quality financial planning services,” Snow explained. Snow is a 20-year veteran financial and estate planner with more than 10 years experience helping federal employees.

Often overlooked by financial professionals, the federal and postal employee market consists of more than 2.5 million people. U.S. federal government employment statistics indicate that approximately 50 percent of federal employees will be eligible to retire in five years.

“The opportunity for financial professionals is a goldmine. Thousands of federal employees will have $500,000 or more in a 401-k-like savings plan. These are funds that can be rolled over into other investment options at retirement,” Snow states. Snow also points out that outside of investment options, federal employees face many important decisions to make regarding health, life and long-term care insurance options – as well as special tax concerns.

In addition to the open enrollment course in Washington, D.C. in October (, the CFEBS course is also offered via independent study. The course is also available on-site at financial firms (a FEBSI instructor will travel to the financial firm and teach the two-day course).

The course provides professionals with numerous training materials including sales and marketing resources to help the professional identify the retirement needs of federal employees and the best ways to reach these potential clients.

Snow also stated that hundreds of financial professionals now hold the CFEBS designation, which was first offered in 2003.

Information on the CFEBS course and designation can be found at or by calling FEBSI at 1-800-696-3505.

Federal Employee Benefits Specialist, Inc. is a private, woman-owned small business in Castle Rock, Colo.


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