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Wealth Management Theory & Practice

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USD 7390

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Develop your knowledge and skills, and grow your practice using Yale’s comprehensive and convenient path to CPWA certification.

The Certified Private Wealth Advisor® (CPWA) certification administered by the Investments & Wealth Institute™ (formerly IMCA) is the standard for competence in the field of wealth management today. Yale School of Management’s fully online program, Wealth Management Theory & Practice, can help you achieve certification and help you take your practice to the next level. This program was developed for wealth management and financial professionals working with high-net-worth clientele who are pursuing the CPWA certification. Wealth Management Theory & Practice is an online course for those who value the high caliber education of Yale and the convenience of digital learning.

The comprehensive Yale CPWA online program includes: study materials to help candidates prepare for and pass Level I, a CPWA registered education course and exam (Level II), and study materials to help candidates prepare for and pass the certification exam (Level III).

Built around the Certified Private Wealth Advisor® (CPWA) certification curriculum and approved by the Investments & Wealth Institute™ (formerly IMCA) as a registered education program, this course fulfills both the Level I pre-study and Level II education requirements for CPWA certification. This course includes comprehensive coverage of the topics and learning objectives found in the CPWA Candidate Body of Knowledge (i.e., the curriculum).

Key Benefits

  • Learn from leading Yale faculty and industry experts.
  • Complete all three levels of the certification process faster and more conveniently with our unique, start-to-finish online program.
  • Study materials specifically designed to help prepare for and pass each CPWA level exam delivered in a variety of tools suited for various learning styles.

Topics covered

Wealth Management Theory & Practice is an online course for wealth management professionals pursuing the prestigious CPWA certification.

This program, led by Yale Professor Tobias J. Moskowitz and financial certification specialist and Program Director Jim Dobbs, includes comprehensive coverage of the topics and learning objectives found in the CPWA Certification Candidate Body of Knowledge.

This program has been developed to help you better understand the concepts and applications found in the CPWA curriculum; help you better serve high-net-worth clients given the unique challenges they face; and help you prepare for and pass the Yale School of Management course exam and CPWA certification exam.

Topic coverage includes:

Part I: Human Dynamics

  • Section 1: Ethics
  • Section 2: Applied Behavioral Finance
  • Section 3: Family Dynamics

Part II: Wealth Management Strategies

  • Section 4: Tax Strategies and Planning
  • Section 5: Portfolio Management
  • Section 6: Risk Management & Asset Protection

Part III: Client Specialization

  • Section 7: Client Focus – Executives
  • Section 8: Client Focus – Closely Held Business Owners
  • Section 9: Client Focus – Retirement

Part IV: Legacy Planning

  • Section 10: Charitable Giving
  • Section 11: Estate Planning and Wealth Transfer

What you can expect


  • Participants gain a better understanding of the CPWA curriculum core topics and learning objectives by mastering concepts and applications specific to serving high-net-worth clients.
  • Participants develop tools and resources to help them improve their businesses by immediately applying new strategies and solutions in practice.
  • Participants prepare for the Yale SOM course exam and the CPWA certification exam by learning from multiple resources, including videos, exercises, and practice questions.
  • Not only will the Yale CPWA program help you gain your certification, it will help drive your business and build your career.
  • Perform client discovery more efficiently
  • Better understand the changing regulatory environment
  • Use behavioral finance applications to better manage client expectations, decisions, and relationships
  • Learn to work with and serve the family client including the next generation
  • Analyze and recommend tax planning solutions
  • Build and manage more effective investment portfolios
  • Assess client risks and propose appropriate insurance solutions and asset-protection strategies
  • Identify challenges that are unique to executives and closely held business owners and recommend strategies and solutions that meet specific client goals and objectives
  • Master the complexities of qualified and non-qualified retirement plans and help affluent clients in the distribution phase of retirement
  • Develop charitable and estate planning solutions to help clients transfer wealth

Who should attend

Ideal candidates for CPWA certification include: wealth managers and specialists, financial planners and advisors, investment consultants and advisors, retirement specialists, family-office professionals, trust professionals, tax and estate professionals.


Dobbs Education specializes in designing, developing, and managing financial training and education programs. We work with organization directors, executives, board members, committees, task forces, staff, and volunteers. We have written feasibility studies and business plans; designed the stru...
John Nersesian is managing director of wealth management services at Nuveen Investments, where his group provides wealth management and practice development education and consulting support to advisors. His experience includes work as a financial advisor to corporate executives, affluent families...
Tobias J. Moskowitz, who joined the faculty in 1998, studies asset pricing, portfolio choice, risk sharing, market efficiency, real estate markets and finance, empirical corporate finance, and the business and analytics of sports. He has explored topics as diverse as momentum in stock returns, lo...
Professor Gal Zauberman studies consumer judgment and decision making, time in decisions, financial decision making, and memory for emotions and choice. In his research, He has published articles in leading marketing and psychology journals on topics that include: factors that affect individuals'...
Roger G. Ibbotson is Professor in the Practice Emeritus of Finance at Yale School of Management. He is also chairman and CIO of Zebra Capital Management, LLC, an equity investment and hedge fund manager. He is founder, advisor and former chairman of Ibbotson Associates, now a Morningstar Company....
Mr. Michael E. Kitces, CFP, MSFS, MTAX, CLU, ChFC, RHU, REBC, CASL, is the Director of Wealth Management and Partner at Pinnacle Advisory Group, Inc. and was previously the Director of Research. Mr. Kitces has earned graduate certificates for estate planning and for financial asset management. In...
Richard Joyner is President of Tolleson Wealth Management. He oversees key strategic, marketing and policy determinations for the company and its lines of business. Richard also serves on the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Investment Committee and leads the company’s family education...
Steven G. Siegel is president of The Siegel Group, which provides consulting services to attorneys, accountants, business owners, family offices and financial planners. Based in Morristown, New Jersey, the Group provides services throughout the United States. Mr. Siegel is the author of many boo...

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