How do I Become a CRC® Candidate?
1. What is my time commitment? You will study 4 subject concentrations about 15-25 hours each, depending on your prior knowledge and experience.
2. What materials do I need? InFRE offers Study Guides and elearning modules developed specifically for CRC® Candidates. You may determine your own study path to prepare for the CRC® exam and are not required to purchase study materials offered by InFRE or any other source.
3. How much does it cost? There is no charge to register to become a Candidate. Study Guide, Exam Fee, and Annual Renewal Fees are as follows:
Four steps to your initial certification
Step 1: Complete the Certified Retirement Counselor® (CRC®) Registration Form.
Register for no charge either online, by faxing the Registration Form, or calling 847-756-7350 ext. 134 to register over the phone. Following registration, expect a confirmation email with information about upcoming exam dates and how to schedule your exam. If you do not receive this email within two weeks of submitting your registration form, call number above.
Step 2: Prepare for the Examination.
Begin to prepare for the exam by first reviewing the CRC® Test Specifications. The four-hour, 200-question multiple-choice exam covers the domains of practice and knowledge required to perform tasks listed in the CRC® Test Specifications, and should be well understood before taking the exam. You may choose to use your own study materials and other resources to prepare for the examination.
Purchase InFRE’s Study Materials to help you prepare
InFRE offers print, live classroom review and online exam preparation resources to help candidates prepare for the exam. To learn more about the study guides and elearning review resources, go to Education and Training Solutions.
You’ll also receive access to the CRC® Elearning Review Courses ($249 value), developed and taught by a team of Certified Financial Planners®, to supplement your self-study preparation for exams. These 30 online sessions, totaling more than 18 hours of content, may be viewed by candidates at their convenience to clarify concepts and answer questions on the more difficult topics. Click here to view a sample.
State Insurance and CFP® Continuing Education Credit Certificates. The CRC® curriculum and other courses are approved to meet your state insurance license and CFP® continuing education requirements; click here to learn more. The first CE certificate is $25; additional certificates are $15 each plus any required state fees (optional).
To sit for the exam, complete a Request to Schedule CRC® Examination Form and submit it with your $450 exam fee. You may complete the request form online, download a form or call 847-756-7350 ext. 134 to schedule an exam by phone. The exam is administered four times a year in January, April, July and October - typically arranged at colleges or universities as close as possible to the candidate. The application deadline is approximately six weeks prior to each exam date. Click here to learn more about the CRC® exam and view the schedule for upcoming exams.
Step 4: Complete the Certification Process
Once you pass the exam, Candidates for CRC® certification must also meet the remaining eligibility requirements. Certification is awarded upon:
Candidates are not allowed to use the certification until they have met all the requirements above. Candidates who pass the exam but have not met their education and experience requirements have five (5) years from their exam date to complete these requirements or the Candidate must retest.
Maintaining your certification
The Annual Renewal Fee is $125. To maintain your use of the certification, Certificants must also annually complete 15 hours of approved continuing education. Continuing education requirements can typically be fulfilled with CE needed for licenses and other certifications.
For more information
The CRC Candidate Handbook contains essential information for Certified Retirement Counselor (CRC) program candidates. Please read it carefully and keep
Click on the following links for information in the Handbook about:
For more details pertaining to CRC certification initial and ongoing requirements and other policies, review the CRC Program Policies Manual.
Click on the following links for information in the Manual about:
General policies and procedures regarding the certification, including:
Certification requirements, including:
If you have additional questions, please contact InFRE by email or call 847-756-7350 ext. 134.