Resources for CPWA Certificants

As a CPWA certificant, the following resources can help you communicate the value of your certification, and answer questions your clients may have.

  • CPWA client brochure. For CPWA certificants only. Share this brochure with clients to help them understand why CPWA certification makes you a better wealth advisor. Click here to order professionally-printed brochures.
  • CPWA logo for website use. For CPWA certificants only. Display the CPWA logo on your website. Right-click the image and save it to your computer for use on your website. 
  • Social profile guidance. Guidance on adding the CPWA certification to social media profiles.
  • Customizable news release template. For CPWA certificants only. Customize this press release template to alert media, clients and business partners that you earned the prestigious CPWA certification.
  • CPWA program brochure. This comprehensive brochure details the certification process, including benefits of certification, core topic list, and the educational program. Share it with colleagues who are considering starting the process.
  • Marks usage guide. Guidance on using the IMCA marks in business communications, marketing materials, articles, books and newsletters.

Form ADV Brochure Supplement Description

Under SEC regulations that went into effect on October 12, 2010, investment advisors registered with the SEC must provide brochure supplements describing their educational and business backgrounds. Advisors whose fiscal years end on December 31 must deliver the brochure supplement (Part 2B) to new clients by July 31, 2011, and to existing clients by December 30, 2011.Full descriptions available for use in Brochure Supplements for the CIMA, CIMC, and CPWA certifications can be found below. In addition, a complimentary IMCA white paper (map to PDF) with more details about the new regulations is available for download as well.


The CPWA designation signifies that an individual has met initial and on-going experience, ethical, education, and examination requirements for the professional designation, which is centered on private wealth management topics and strategies for high-net-worth clients. Prerequisites for the CPWA designation are: a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or one of the following designations or licenses: CIMA®, CIMC ®, CFA®, CFP®, ChFC®, or CPA license; have an acceptable regulatory history as evidenced by FINRA Form U-4 or other regulatory requirements and five years of experience in financial services or delivering services to high-net-worth clients. CPWA designees have completed a rigorous educational process that includes self-study requirements, an in-class education component, and successful completion of a comprehensive examination. CPWA designees are required to adhere to IMCA’s Code of Professional Responsibility and Rules and Guidelines for Use of the Marks. CPWA designees must report 40 hours of continuing education credits, including two ethics hours, every two years to maintain the certification. The designation is administered through Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA).

Certificant Complaint Process

Certificants can file a complaint with IMCA about certification policy, practice, or decisions. Complaints must be in writing, and can be submitted by email, mail, or fax to IMCA. Complaints must originate directly from the certificant and be incorporated into the Certification Complaint Form.

All complaints will be reviewed by an IMCA management team including its Chief Executive Officer. After review, complaints involving a request to change certification policies may be forwarded to the appropriate volunteer body with governing authority over the particular certification policy. With regard to complaints about all other certification activities, the certification department management team will make a determination. If the complaint does not relate to certification activities, it will be forwarded to the Senior Director of Administration and Chief Executive Officer for review and resolution. All decisions are final and not subject to appeal.