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Branch Financial Advisor in Training

Build your own stand-alone business as a solo advisor in one of our branch offices on an accelerated, aggressive timeline.

The Branch Financial Advisor in Training program is closely aligned with our Traditional Advisor business model. Learn more about that business model here.


Initially salaried, quickly shifting to commission-based

Program Length:

7 months

Licensing Preparation:

Series 7 and Series 66

Training Location:

Nationwide (includes visits to Home Office in St. Louis)

Program Structure and Timeline

Each of our training programs are designed to give potential Financial Advisors the tools they need to succeed — coaching and mentoring, hands-on learning opportunities and comprehensive training courses.

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Weeks 1-10

Investment Licensing and Training

  • Series 7 and Series 66 exam preparation in your local branch
  • Experienced Home Office Investment Licensing Training professionals provide coaching and monitoring to assist you along the way

Business Development Training

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Weeks 11-12

Branch I

  • Hands-on and high-touch in-branch training experience
  • Perform target market research, identify your “natural” network, and gain exposure to core products and services through our e-Learning platform
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Week 13

Business Foundations

(includes visit to St. Louis)
  • In-depth exposure to the firm’s core products and services through our product experts
  • Includes small group break-outs and “hot-seat” activities to test your decision-making and reinforce your knowledge to help you develop conviction in your product recommendations
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Weeks 14-16

Branch II

  • In-depth suitability case studies, business development assignments and product assessments
  • Includes administrative training, insurance licensing, mutual fund/annuity product inventory and primary prospect planning

Sales and Prospecting Training

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Week 17

Sales and Prospecting

(includes visit to St. Louis)
  • Hands-on sales and prospecting training — learn how to make suitable recommendations, build investor relationships and prepare for your first day as a Financial Advisor
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Weeks 18-29

Apprentice Period

  • Twelve weeks designed to help advisors who are building a stand-alone business get off to a strong start through business development activity aimed at opening new accounts