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Professional Fiduciary Certificate

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Professional Certificate in Fiduciary Management

Online Via Live Webcast

This program is offered in an Online/Live Webcast format. Lectures and discussions take place via weekly live webcasts; and all coursework, quizzes, exams, and written assignments are completed online. Attendance in the live webcast sessions is mandatory.

If you are looking for a satisfying and rewarding career that makes a real difference in people's lives, being a Professional Fiduciary is for you. As the number of senior citizens and disabled adults grows, so does the need for conservators and estate administrators who can make the best possible decisions for them.

Professional fiduciaries are in a unique position of trust—one that requires unique skills and knowledge. In the UCR Extension Professional Fiduciary Certificate program, you'll learn:

  • Legal procedures and codes
  • Business standards of practice
  • Accounting and asset management
  • Ethics and more!

Whether you're starting a new career, you have a duty as a court-appointed trustee as a part of your current career or you want to feel confident managing an estate or acting as a personal financial representative for a loved one, the first step is a strong educational foundation.

When you take courses at UCR Extension, you'll also get:

  • The most up-to-date information about the law and current practices in the field
  • Access to leading experts who help prepare you for both the rewards and challenges of this fast-paced, growing career
  • A strong educational foundation to help you pass the newly required Professional Fiduciary state licensing exam, administered by the California Department of Consumer Affairs.

The need for guardians will only increase, particularly as more baby boomers retire and the laws governing elder care become more complex. Get started now on a new path to success!

Who Can Benefit?

This program is designed for practicing attorneys, current and prospective licensed professional fiduciaries, deputy public guardians and conservators, CPAs, enrolled agents, financial advisors, investment advisors, adult protective service workers, social workers, court investigator staff, and others who serve as trustees, conservators or other agents under the powers of attorney.

Course Schedule

Required Courses (14 units)UnitsFallWinterSpringSummer
Overview of Fiduciary Management *2.0OfferedOfferedOffered 
Introduction to Conservatorships of the Person and Estate2.0 Offered Offered
Management of Estate Assets2.0Offered Offered 
Practical Applications of Accounting for the Professional Fiduciary2.0 Offered Offered
Trust Administration and Procedure2.0 Offered  
Decedent's Estate Practices and Procedures2.0Offered Offered 
Professional Fiduciary Business Practices2.0OfferedOffered  
*If pursuing the Certificate, this course is recommended to be completed in the first quarter or concurrently with other courses.

Completion Information

Completion Requirements

To earn the Certificate, students must successfully complete (grade C or better) 14 units of required coursework.

Completion Time

The program can typically be completed within 12-15 months.


The cost for the program is approximately $2,400 - $2700 which includes required textbooks and materials.


Individual courses are open to anyone who wants to learn about fiduciary processes. To be a California licensed Professional Fiduciary, you must meet the minimum requirements set forth by the California Professional Fiduciaries Bureau: bachelor's degree from a nationally accredited university; associate degree with at least three years working in fiduciary management; or at least five years experience working in fiduciary management. Read more about California Professional Fiduciary licensing.

For more information about the Professional Fiduciary field and networking, please visit the Professional Fiduciary Association of California.

Hybrid Program

This program combines online and webcast instruction.

The style of online learning depends upon several factors, including instructor and departmental preferences, and the location of students in the class. See the specific class description for more information.

Live Webcasts

A virtual classroom that employs live video and audio, and offers the opportunity to observe and discuss ideas with other online students and instructors. Attendance in the webcast sessions are mandatory.



  • Kenneth C. Blickenstaff, J.D., Clinical Professor, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont
  • Daniel E. Fortuno, President & CEO, Benefits Education Center (BEC), San Francisco
  • W.A. (Sam) Hlavaty, California Licensed Professional Fiduciary, National Certified Guardian, Oak Hills
  • Mark Odom, LCSW, Hoarding Expert, Irvine
  • Craig M. Parker, J.D., Attorney, Law Office of Craig M. Parker, P.C., Redlands

Instructor Opportunities

Interested in becoming an instructor at UCR Extension? Find out how.

Additional Information

Textbook Information

If a textbook is required, information is provided in the course listing when scheduled, on the confirmation you receive after enrolling, or by e-mail for an online class.

Advisory Board

  • Kenneth C. Blickenstaff, J.D., Clinical Professor, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont
  • Jennifer Campbell, Program Coordinator, UCR Extension
  • Dan Daniel, M.A., B.S.L., J.D., Decedents' Estate Administrator, Deputy Public Administrator of Riverside County, and Court Investigator, San Bernardino Superior Court
  • Jennifer M. Daniel, J.D., Law Office of Jennifer Daniel, Redlands
  • W.A. (Sam) Hlavaty, California Licensed Professional Fiduciary, National Certified Guardian, Oak Hills
  • Cathy Inglis, MBA, Paralegal Program Liaison, UCR Extension
  • Sandra T. Richards, Director, Law Programs, UCR Extension

Contact Information

Stacy Sweeney
(951) 827-5804

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

UC Riverside Extension Center
1200 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92507-4596

UCR Extension Center

Tel: Work(951) 827-4105 or Toll-Free(800) 442-4990 toll-free
Fax: Fax(951) 827-7273