Requirements for the CLU Designation

To obtain the CLU designation, CLU candidates must have first successfully completed the Advocis Financial Planning Fundamentals Program for CLU® Certification. Candidates must then complete the three CLU Designation Courses.

Those who currently hold a recognized financial designation in good standing may apply for an exemption for having to complete the Advocis Financial Planning Fundamentals Program for CLU® Certification. To apply for an exemption, please fill out the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition formIf your exemption is granted, you must still successfully complete all three of the CLU designation courses in order to obtain the CLU designation

Once you have successfully completed all required courses, you will receive a congratulatory email from our credential services team that will outline the next steps to obtain the designation. These steps include completion of a CLU Designation Candidate Agreement form and a CLU Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition form. Both completed forms must be submitted to The Institute for review. These forms will be emailed to you in your congratulatory email.

At the time of application you must attest to having completed at least four years of experience within, or related to, the financial services industry. The experience requirement is inclusive of management, staff, academics, writers, candidates and volunteers engaged directly or indirectly within the financial services industry, as well as financial advisors.

Once you have completed the educational course requirements, met the work experience requirement, completed both forms, and paid your CLU designation dues, you will be able to hold yourself out as a CLU designation holder.

CE Requirement for the CLU designation

A minimum of 30 continuing education (CE) credits each calendar year, two credits of which must be from a recognized Ethics program. A minimum of 15 CE credits must be accredited by The Institute; a maximum of 15 CE credits can be professional development. General Professional Development CE credits must be industry-related (courses, seminars, etc.), and may be subject to The Institute’s review. Any deficiency in one year must be made up by the end of the next calendar year, in addition to the full year’s necessary requirement of CE credits.