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The ChSNC is actually a more muscular version of a certification program that has been offered for the past several years in conjunction with MassMutual, according to Allen McLellan, associate dean at The American College.
The ChSNC certificate had two substantive courses but was "less rigorous" than a designation.
Those working as financial professionals who want to earn the ChSNC designation must first meet experience and/or education requirements (earned certain other professional designations, earned a master's degree in financial planning or an equivalent area of study, or worked at least five years in the industry and passed a validation exam).
But do professionals who've earned the ChSNC designation always get it right?
"Take one step to control one thing that produces stress in your life," suggests Catherine McGannon, CLU, ChFC, ChSNC a Special Care Planner (1) with Skylight Financial Group (2) in Cleveland, Ohio, a general agency of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual).
Phipps, CLU, ChFC, ChSNC, a Special Care Planner who's earned the Chartered Special Needs Consultant (ChSNC)* designation and is with MassMutual Oregon (www.oregon.massmutual.com) in Lake Oswego, Oregon, a general agency of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual).
A financial professional, such as Special Care Planner (2) or a financial professional who's earned the Chartered Special Needs Consultant (ChSNC) (2) designation, can help you create a financial strategy or a life care plan (3) that works in conjunction with a trust you may decide to establish.
Sometimes it's done to achieve both," says Travis Mann, who has earned the Chartered Special Needs Consultant (ChSNC) (1) designation and is a Special Care Planner.
"Talking with friends and family members about their experiences will help you know what to expect and how you should prepare," suggests Steve Thompson, MSFS, ChSNC (1), BCAA, CAS, CFS and Special Care Planner with Skylight Financial Group (2) in Cleveland, Ohio, a general agency of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual).
The ChSNC designation was developed by The American College in Bryn Mawr Pennsylvania.
Special Care Planners or financial professionals with the Chartered Special Needs Consultant (ChSNC) (2) designation have completed extensive instruction in serving individuals and families with special needs.
"It depends on many things--your age, the nature of your disability, your state and county, and the people and services available in your region, just to name a few," says Brett Bauch (1), MBA, CFP, CFBS, ChSNC and a Special Care Planner with MassMutual Wisconsin (2) in Madison, Wisconsin, a general agency of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual).
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