New program aimed at analysts specializing in LGBT financial planningThe College of Financial Planning recently announced an online certification program that is designed to prepare financial advisors to meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples, reports Insurance News Net.

The program is offered through self-study sessions or an instructor-led online course. The curriculum addresses common issues and challenges that are involved in financial planning for domestic partners and married spouses. Classes will cover transferring wealth, taxation, retirement and estate planning.

"The College for Financial Planning continues to design forward-thinking programs that prepare advisors to deliver the highest-quality service to clients," Jill Hollander, president of Financial Connections Group, Inc. "[We] believe the [program] will enhance our knowledge to serve existing clients and reinforce our credibility when reaching out to potential clients."

College officials told the news source that the self-study course will cost $485, while the online instructor-led class will be offered for $585. Furthermore, the program typically takes 30 to 60 days to complete.

According to a 2008 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities in the financial analysis profession are estimated to increase by 20 percent over the next eight years.

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