Become the Most Valued Advisor

The Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) credential is for professional advisors who want to effectively engage more business owners. Through the process of Exit Planning (the Value Acceleration Methodology), owners can build more valuable companies, have stronger personal financial plans, and align their personal goals. Earning CEPA doesn’t change your expertise, it enhances your ability to engage business owners and have value-added conversations around growth and exit.

Earning CEPA is for those that want to:

    • Differentiate yourself from the competition
    • Gain better access to business owners
    • Become more engaged on a business owner’s advisory team
    • Have deeper and more holistic conversations with business owners
    • Grow your referral network of professional advisors
    • Access hundreds of marketing and business development tools tailored for owners



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More information on CEPA credential benefits for: Financial Advisors | CPAs | Consultants | Business Owners

“If you want to work with business owners, the CEPA designation is essential”

“The CEPA designation is one of the most valuable and useful designations I have in working with business owners. It gave me a knowledge base, vocabulary and process to speak with any Business Owner with confidence. If you want to work with business owners, the CEPA designation is essential.”

Charles M. Jarrett

CFP®, CPWATM, CEPA, CIMA®, ChFC, CLU, CRPC® | Private Wealth Advisor at Merrill Lynch Private Bank & Investment Group Senior Vice President

“An instrumental tool I use when working with business owners”

“The CEPA program continues to be an instrumental tool I use when working with business owners. It has been an honor to educate as a faculty member and meet the new CEPA graduates. Our advisors continue to integrate the foundation of the Exit Planning Institute into our conversations with clients.”

Justin Goodbread

CFP®, CEPA®, CVGA® | CEO of Heritage Investors, Author, and Founder of FinanciallySimple.com

“As a CPA, nothing is more important than exit planning.”

“For any CPA considering this, my comment to them would be that above all of the things that CPA’s do for their clients, nothing is more important than exit planning. A successful exit is the ultimate service a CPA can help provide to their clients..”

Bill Kenedy

CPA/ABV, CFF, CEPA® | Partner at Lutz & Company PC

“The best exit planning designation out there”

This is the best exit planning designation out there. You get a great education through the class and you get continued support from the staff and the network that you get to know through the program.

Brett Spencer

MS, CFP, CEPA | Financial Advisor - Impact Financial

“CEPA gave me a better vocabulary to use with business owners”

“I have been doing exit planning since 2006 but did not call it Exit Planning at the time. CEPA gave me a better vocabulary to use with Business Owners to have more in-depth conversations. It also gave me a framework and process to talk through with Owners. My conversations went from messy to more succinct by going through the CEPA program.”

Andrew "Drew" McLaughlin

Financial Advisor at UBS Private Wealth Management

Approved for up to 21.5 CPE Hours & 14.5 CFP® Hours

The Perfect Exit


The Value Acceleration Methodology was introduced by EPI CEO, Christopher Snider and is the process taught in the CEPA credentialing program. Chris, a CEPA himself, created the methodology to integrate a business owner’s business, personal, and financial goals into one strategy that is executed by a team of advisors. Advisors like the financial advisor, CPA, consultant, and others. This process allows advisors to be more valuable to the owner, stay engaged, and become indispensable.

The Perfect Exit case study describes a real-life example of this process in action. Showcasing how a business owner was able to grow and exit their company within three years at $250 million in value. Not only did this owner maximize value and minimize taxes, but it allowed them to have an inspiring personal vision, purpose, and a strong personal financial plan. Surrounded with a stellar team, internally and externally, that provided insight each step of the way to becoming The Perfect Exit.

Want to get ahead on your pre-reading?  Download the Perfect Exit chapter and case study below.

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Just Announced: Marketing For the Professional Advisor

EPI recently polled our community of advisors and business professionals to see what focus areas they were most interested in learning more about. The response was loud and clear: marketing and owner engagement.

We are proud to announce that we are launching the EPI Marketing for the Professional Advisor Masterclass on July 26th with RAYNE IX, an executive coaching and consulting company for small businesses and exit planning advisors. This new Marketing Masterclass is unlike any marketing education you have received and builds upon your CEPA education.

The EPI Marketing for the Professional Advisor Masterclass is an on-demand program that can be completed on your schedule and serves as an excellent complimentary piece to the education provided in the CEPA program. Build upon your CEPA foundation and strengthen your practice with advanced marketing education.


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