Having now almost completed the first trimester of the Registered Settlement Planner certification program ("RSP") through Texas Tech it seems appropriate to give my thoughts on my experience in the program.
Even though I didn't think so, anyone who goes into this program thinking it will be a cakewalk will receive an abrupt awakening, regardless of sophistication and experience. The course material, which is delivered electronically and through assigned reading of published texts and other prepared audio visual materials, is challenging and tests for each module require considerable independent thought that defies the "open book" policy. It is challenge for anyone to find the time to complete this material while juggling a busy structured settlement and settlement planning practice. But it's worth it.
Even though I already hold the designations of Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant, Certified Structured Settlement Consultant and the Series 7 and 66 I have been able to get something out of this course both from an aspect of new learning and of "recharging the synapses" concerning topics that I have covered over the course of my career.
I will say that you SHOULD NOT be put off by the involvement of the Society of Settlement Planners in the initial stages of the development of this program. Even if you have philosophical differences with the SSP, you DO NOT have to be a member of the Society of Settlement Planners to enroll in the Registered Settlement Planner program.
I am proud to be part of the inaugural class for the Registered Settlement Planner program and encourage structured settlement brokers and settlement planners of all levels and ages to consider investing in your career development by enrolling in the program.