BOSTON, Feb. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The C(k)P™ Certified 401(k) Professional designation has been approved by John Hancock Financial Network (JHFN) for use by its financial representatives and advisors. The Certified 401(k) Professional designation is awarded by The Retirement Advisor University in collaboration with UCLA Anderson School of Management Executive Education to financial professionals who complete a rigorous curriculum of more than 50 courses, pass a proctored examination, write a case study detailing real examples of how they are utilizing knowledge from these courses, and attend an intensive three-day classroom training in Los Angeles.
"The goal of the C(k)P is to give financial professionals who are focused on and dedicated to the retirement plan market the professional training to help their clients, improve their practices and provide employers a simple and straight forward way to be sure they are choosing a knowledgeable financial professional," said Fred Barstein, founder & executive director of The Retirement Advisor University.
"We view JHFN as one of the premier destinations for retirement plan focused financial professionals, and we're looking for resources such as the C(k)P designation that will help them best serve clients and grow their business," said Bruce Harrington, vice president, of sales and business development, JHFN. "The combination of C(k)P's program elements and the experience of its instructors will help prepare dedicated financial professionals who wish to excel in this market."
JHFN launched a comprehensive program to support financial advisors in the retirement plan market in June 2011. The program, which supports all experienced levels of financial advisors, includes training, practice management consulting, a dedicated retirement sales support team and in-depth expert resources for those interested in becoming plan fiduciaries.
About John Hancock Financial Network
John Hancock Financial Network is a national network of independent firms with approximately 1,900 advisors across the U.S. A leader with the stability and scale to offer an innovative business model, John Hancock Financial Network gives entrepreneurial advisors the power to effectively build unique businesses, based on their own vision and market opportunity. For more information on John Hancock Financial Network and its national network of independent firms, visit https://www.johnhancockfinancialnetwork.com.
About John Hancock Financial and Manulife Financial Corporation
John Hancock Financial is a unit of Manulife Financial Corporation, a leading Canada-based financial services group serving millions of customers in 21 countries and territories worldwide. In 2012, John Hancock celebrates 150 years of serving clients across the United States, while Manulife celebrates its 125th anniversary. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and in most of Asia, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States, Manulife Financial Corporation offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were C$492 billion (US$473 billion) as at September 30, 2011. Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under '945' on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at manulife.com.
The John Hancock unit, through its insurance companies, comprises one of the largest life insurers in the United States. John Hancock offers a broad range of financial products and services, including life insurance, annuities, fixed products, mutual funds, 401(k) plans, long-term care insurance, college savings, and other forms of business insurance. Additional information about John Hancock may be found at johnhancock.com.
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