Retirement Planning Online

Retirement Planning
Online Course

Retirement Planning is used to address specific as well as general financial planning for employers and/or their employees. This course will help students understand how to determine those needs and match up appropriate retirement plans. We will discuss the steps in the planning process and learn how to develop recommendations for retirement plans for individuals and small businesses. By the end of this course, students will be better prepared to match specific retirement objectives to the appropriate retirement plan. Students will further their understanding of the necessity of a financial calculator. Therefore, students should understand that a financial calculator is a necessary tool for this course.

Covers the CFP Board’s Principal Knowledge Topics G.52 – 62.
*We advise that you allow at least 10 hours per week per course for adequate course preparation.


Michael Bell, CFP® is a practicing CFP, providing financial plans and counsel to individuals and businesses. Prior experience includes administration of the IBM retirement plan in Boca Raton, and, working in IBM Finance in Tallahassee. In addition to his CFP designation, Bell received his BAA from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.

Michael is currently a Registered Investment Advisor for Professional Financial Planning, Inc., in Tallahassee, Florida. He is an expert in Securities Transactions and is a Registered Broker/Dealer. Mr. Bell is also a member of NASD/SIPC.

Textbooks and Calculator

Tools & Techniques of Employee Benefit and Retirement Planning, 15th Edition
Stephan R. Leimberg, John J. McFadden, and C. Frederick Reish
SKU: 2710015B
Published by: The National Underwriter Company (If purchasing directly from the publisher, be sure to ask about getting a 15% discount for being an FSU student.)
Available at many online retailers including the publisher, The National Underwriter Company.

Optional Textbook
Financial Calculator Essentials

Author: Joseph M Gillice, CPA, CFP®
ISBN10: 0-9820884
ISBN13: 978-0-9820884-1-8
Published by: Dalton Education
Available at many online retailers including the publisher, Dalton.

This textbook will cover the use of the following financial calculators:

  • Hewlett Packard 12C
  • Hewlett Packard 17BII
  • Hewlett Packard 10B II / Hewlett Packard 10B II PLUS

Financial Calculator: To see an exhaustive list of all the approved financial calculators that can be used on the CFP Board Exam please read the Calculator Policy for CFP® Examination.


While there are no special degree requirements to participate in the FSU Certificate in Financial Planning program, the level of instruction is that of an upper-division college course. A bachelor’s degree is a condition of CFP® certification, although not a requirement to be able to sit for the Certification Examination.

We strongly recommend that students complete Introduction to Financial Planning prior to taking this course.

Basic computer literacy including: the ability to connect to the Internet and navigate the web using search engines and links, the ability to use online communication tools including email and discussion boards, the ability to send and receive email attachments, and the ability to navigate software including saving and opening files to and from specific locations.

Technical Requirements

Browser (most recent version): Firefox, Google Chrome or Safari.



2019 Course Schedule
Traditional Track
Mar. 1, 2019 – May 12, 2019
July 12, 2019 – Sept. 22, 2019
Nov. 1, 2019 – Jan. 19, 2020

Fast Track
Mar. 29, 2019 – May 12, 2019
Aug. 16, 2019 – Sept. 29, 2019

Course introduction by Michael Bell