Frequently Asked Questions

Professional development and learning opportunities are available through Benedictine University’s School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education. To learn more about our available certificate programs, please contact (630) 829-1383 or PDL@ben.edu.

Basics of Human Resource Management
Who should take this course?

This course is designed for adult learners with little or no knowledge in Human Resource Management and/or students interested in expanding their existing HR department.

Why should I choose Benedictine University's Basics in Human Resource Management?

Thanks to Benedictine University's commitment to education, students entering this program can be assured of the best education available. Students will acquire a basic understanding of the Human Resource Management process.

Will this program count for credits or degrees?

No. This program is not applicable to a degree.

How do I get verification of Continuing Education (CE) credits?

Benedictine University Professional Development and Learning will issue an award of completion when a student completes the program. The award will include CE credits earned.

What is the class size?

Class size is limited to 24 students.

What requirements must be met to earn an award of completion from Benedictine University?

Full attendance of all sessions and tuition paid in full.

Do you provide assistance with employment?

No, Benedictine University makes no suggestion or guarantee that completion of this program will guarantee employment or success in employment.

Will these courses count for credits or degrees?

No. These courses are not applicable to a degree. The programs do qualify for 16 SHRM CPU credits.

Business Communication
Who should take this course?

This course is designed for adult learners with a foundational knowledge of basic grammar and writing.

How long does the program last and how much does it cost?

The Business Communication program runs four consecutive days during the week.

Fee for the program is $250 payable in full prior to the first scheduled class. Students paying by company purchase order must receive funding approval, and must notify Benedictine University of such approval, prior to the program start date.

Why should I choose Benedictine University's Business Communication Professional Certificate?

Because of Benedictine University's commitment to education, students entering this program can be assured of the best education available. We offer practical tips, skills and strategies to improving students’ business communication practices.

Will this program count for credits or degrees?

No. This program is not applicable to a degree.

How do I get verification of Continuing Education (CE) credits?

Benedictine University Professional Development and Learning will issue an award of completion when a student completes the program. The certificate will include CE credits earned.

What is the class size?

Class size is limited to 24 students.

What requirements must be met to earn a certificate from Benedictine University?

Full attendance of all sessions and tuition paid in full.

Do you provide assistance with employment?

No, Benedictine University makes no suggestion or guarantee that completion of this program will guarantee employment or success in employment.

Will these courses count for credits or degrees?

No. These courses are not applicable to a degree.

Financial Planning
What is the time commitment required for study outside of the classroom?

Students should expect to spend one to two hours for each hour of in class instruction, depending upon previous experience and education.

How long does the program last and how much does it cost?

The classroom format meets every two weeks on Friday evening and all day Saturday for nine consecutive months. The tuition for the program is $5,400 plus books (budget approximately $500.00).

The online format is self-paced. The tuition for the online program is $5,240 and includes all e-books and materials.

Payment may be made prior to the start of each course or in full. Students securing loans or paying by company purchase order must receive funding approval and must notify Benedictine University of such approval prior to the program start date.

Why should I choose Benedictine University's Certificate in Financial Planning Program?

This is an accelerated program that allows students to meet the CFP board's education requirement to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination in nine months. This program is a joint partnership between Benedictine University and Kaplan Schweser. Kaplan Schweser is the leading provider of review materials and courses for the CFP® Certification Examination. Combined with Benedictine University's commitment to education, students entering this program can be assured of the best education available. 

What is the process of attaining CFP® certification?

According to the CFP website, in order to attain CFP® certification you must comply with requirements in education, examination, experience and ethics:

  • Education
    The education requirement can be fulfilled by successfully completing Benedictine's Certificate in Financial Planning program. Once you become CFP® certified, you will be required to complete 30 hours of continuing education every two years.
  • Examination
    The CFP® Certification Examination is given three times per year in March, July and November. Based on the most recent Job Topic Study, the CFP board issues a topic list covering the areas a candidate should be prepared to answer at the evaluation level or lower.
  • Experience
    In order to receive CFP® certification, the candidate must meet certain experience requirements, including a bachelor's degree in any discipline from an accredited college or university and three years of related work experience. The related work experience must be completed in the 10 years preceding the exam or five years after the exam.
  • Ethics
    CFP® certification recipients are required to abide by the CFP board's Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and Financial Planning Practice Standards. In addition, CFP® certificate recipients are required to disclose to the CFP board if involved in a criminal or civil proceeding.
How do I receive my class books?

Classroom: Information on ordering textbook and calculator will be emailed to you at the time of your registration. The class syllabus, campus location, parking and general orientation will be emailed to you 10 to 14 days prior to the start of the first class.

Online: The online tuition includes an e-textbook for each course.

What is the class size?

Class size is limited to 24 students.

What requirements must be met to earn a certificate from Benedictine University?

A minimum score of 70 for each course and tuition paid in full.

Do you provide assistance with employment?

No, Benedictine University is only approved to offer the required education component by the CFP board. Completion of this program does not guarantee success on the CFP exam itself or employment.

 

* Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP (with flame logo)®, which it awards to individuals who successfully complete initial and ongoing certification requirements.

What are the program payment options?

This program is noncredit (not degree applicable); therefore, it is not eligible for federal education loans. Course fees and expenses may also be tax deductible. Please consult your accountant concerning this matter. Non-credit programs do not generate 1098-T forms.

To ensure ease of payment for different circumstances, we strive to be flexible when working with individuals. Payment may be made in full or on a course-by-course basis prior to the start of each course. The most common methods of payment are:

  • Employer Reimbursement
  • Personal Investment
  • Workforce Development Centers
Faculty

The Certificate in Financial Planning Program features superior faculty who are hired and trained by Kaplan Schweser. All faculty have either received their CFP® certification, a professional designation or license, or have advanced degrees. The faculty presents the material in a manner that allows students to utilize their time efficiently and effectively outside of the classroom.

Edward Clark, ChFC, CASL

Since 2003, Clark has taught CFP® curriculum courses and four-day CFP® board exam review courses for Kaplan covering Fundamentals of Financial Planning, Insurance, Investments, Income Tax, Retirement Planning and Estate Planning. He earned a CFP® in October 2003.

Clark works for State Farm Insurance in Mesa, Ariz.

Geoffrey White, CFP®, ChFC, MSFS

Owner and president of Capital Strategies Group in Tempe, Ariz., White provides financial and estate planning services to more than 200 clients. White has been a professional instructor with Kaplan Schweser since 2006 and teaches Fundamentals of Financial Planning, Insurance, Investments, Income Tax, Retirement Planning and Estate Planning.

Six Sigma: Green Belt
Who should take this course?

This course is designed for adult learners interested in improving their organization’s quality management and/or students interested in taking the ASQ Six Sigma: Green Belt Certificate Exam.

How long does the program last and how much does it cost?

The workshop runs five consecutive days during the week (Monday through Friday).

Fee for the program is $1,250 payable in full prior to the first scheduled class. Students paying by company purchase order must receive funding approval, and must notify Benedictine University of such approval, prior to the program start date.

Why should I choose Benedictine University's Six Sigma: Green Belt Program?

Benedictine University's commitment to education, students entering this program can be assured of the best education available. Students will acquire a strong understanding of the quality management skills necessary for understanding and implementing Six Sigma within their organization as well as full preparation for the Six Sigma: Green Belt Certificate Exam.

Are there any prerequisites for this program?

Students must complete an open diagnostic (math and analysis skills) to identify any areas for improvement prior to the start of the program.

Upon completion of the Six Sigma: Green Belt Course, how can students become certified?

Students will be eligible to sit for the ASQ Six Sigma: Green Belt Exam, Benedictine University will provide students with information from ASQ but will not have any other involvement in the certification process.

Does this program count for credits or degrees?

No. This program is not applicable to a degree. The programs do qualify for CEU credits.

How do I get verification of CE credits?

Benedictine University Professional Development and Learning will issue an award of completion when a student completes the program. The award will include CE credits earned.

What is the class size?

Class size is limited to 18 students.

What requirements must be met to earn a professional certificate from Benedictine University?

Full attendance of all sessions and tuition paid in full.

Do you provide assistance with employment?

No. Benedictine University makes no suggestion or guarantee that completion of this program will guarantee employment or success in employment.

Professional Development and Learning

For more information, contact
(630) 829-1383 or PDL@ben.edu