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CIWM Certification Examination


The CIWM Certification Examination will replace the Strategic Wealth 360 as the final examination for the CIWM designation. This new examination will be available in Fall 2019. Additional information on the exam will be provided in Summer 2019.


With the restructuring of the CIWM designation, there will be changes to the final examination currently known as the Strategic Wealth 360. Candidates who have completed the CIWM pre-requisities and learning path prior to May 8, 2019 will have a choice of completing either the current version of the SW360 or the new CIWM Certification Exam. Candidates who complete the CIWM pre-requisities and/or learning path after May 8, 2019 will be required to take the new CIWM Certification Exam when it is available in the fall of 2019.

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CIWM Certification Exam Details

The CIWM Certification Examination will assess your expertise in developing strategies and relationships with high net worth clients. The examination has three components based on a high net worth client scenario to be completed over the course of 8 weeks.

Part 1. Client Discovery

The objective of this part of the examination is to evaluate your ability to gather client information and to uncover any information that was not revealed in the client scenario provided. This part will consist of a set of questions that will be answered online over 1-2 hours.

Part 2. Creation of Wealth Plan

With the information available in the high net worth client scenario as well as the additional information uncovered from the discovery assessment, you will prepare a comprehensive wealth plan addressing the needs and proposing solutions for the client. A wealth plan template will be provided, and the use of financial planning or wealth management software is permitted. You will have up to four weeks to prepare the plan.

Part 3. Effective Communication

This part of the examination will assess your ability to effectively communicate the wealth plan and address changing conditions and client concerns. You will be required to provide written responses to open-ended questions online over 2-3 hours.