SoCal AFP | Southern California Association for Financial Professionals

Education and Social Events Committee

Committee Co-Chair
Sarine Topdjian, CTP
Informa Research Services
(818) 961-8622

Committee Co-Chair
Marine Palamutyan, CTP
Wells Fargo Bank
(818) 859-3587

Committee Members:
The purpose of the Education Committee is to provide SCAFP members with new learning opportunities to help prepare for the CTP Exam and earn recertification points. In addition to offer educational tours and special events to membership to enhance their experience within the organization.

  • Ongoing CTP Study Group
  • CTP Instructor-led review course
  • LA Food Bank Volunteer Event
  • Happy Hour Mixer
  • Federal Reserve Tour
  • and more to be announced...

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Please keep in mind SoCal AFP Committee Members can earn up to 3 CTP credits for a one year term. All SoCal AFP members can earn 1 CTP credit for their yearly membership. If you have any other tour ideas or suggestions please feel free to contact me. Thank you for your participation!
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