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  Transition to civilian life in a career that helps people live great financial lives. 

The VETSTEPS Apprenticeship offers the training and development to become a fully licensed Financial Advisor*

Qualified veterans: you can use your earned VA Education benefits while you learn.

VETSTEPS, our 2-Year Financial Advisor Apprenticeship is approved by the Department of Labor and the Veterans Administration and is designed to help you build a Financial Services business from the ground up.

VETSTEPS qualifies for Post-911 GI Bill Education Benefits.  Eligible veterans who meet our entrance requirements can use their benefits to help support themselves and their families while they learn.

VETSTEPS is a way for you to transition to a career that helps you protect them -- and your clients today, tomorrow, and every day in the future.

Nothing is more important than the physical and financial well-being of the people you love. 

VETSTEPS IS STRUCTRED TO COMPLY WITH DOL AND VA REQUIREMENTS. We also want to ensure that, upon completion, candidates have achieved a level of success that predicts a great career in Financial Services.  We offer other career development options, but if you wish to use your VA Benefits, you must choose VETSTEPS.


Your earned VA benefits are not required for tuition or any fees related to training. As an Apprentice, your VETSTEPS earnings will cover the costs of all Industry associated required fees related to building your financial advisor business (i.e. technology, licenses, subscriptions, etc.). We will train you for your gain. This is our commitment to you as a United States Military Veteran.


  • You must be Life & Health Licensed (if you don't have your license, we can help you get one prior to entering VETSTEPS) 
  • You must pass a background check
  • You must take a Career Aptitude Test
  • If you are using your VA Benefits, you must supply a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility

Consolidated Planning, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, creed, religion, sex, affectional or sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, disability, military or veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

* A Financial Advisor must be registered as an investment advisor representative with PAS providing investment advisory services. An individual cannot become a Financial Advisor or use that term with clients until meeting that criteria.

 Consolidated Planning is an Agency of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian), New York, NY.Securities products and services and advisory services offered through Park Avenue Securities, LLC (PAS), member FINRASIPC. OSJ: 4201 Congress Street, Ste. 295, Charlotte, NC 28209 800.532.2829. PAS is a direct, wholly-owned subsidiary of Guardian. Consolidated Planning is not an affiliate or subsidiary of PAS or Guardian.

 The VETSTEPS Apprenticeship program is a recruiting program offered by participating Guardian Agencies.   The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America is not affiliated with the Department of Labor or the Veterans Administration and is not involved in the VETSTEPS Apprenticeship program.  Contact the individual department or agency for additional information regarding eligibility of benefits.

Many independent parties will be supporting you on this journey.  The VETSTEPS Apprenticeship Program (VETSTEPS) is a Department of Labor (“DOL”) – approved job training program developed and sponsored by First Financial Group, LLC (“FFG”). FFG is a Guardian agency which is not an affiliate or subsidiary of either Guardian or Consolidated Planning, Inc. (“CP”, also a Guardian agency).  CP is offering the VETSTEPS program in your area in conjunction with FFG, and CP be providing you with a VETSTEPS Mentor to help guide you through the program.  Your FFG-designated VETSTEPS Apprenticeship Supervisor, in conjunction with your CP VETSTEPS Mentor, will supervise, monitor, and report on your development as a Field Representative and your achievement of DOL-required milestones in the program to enable to you to receive your VA benefits to the extent you qualify for such benefits.  Ultimately, FFG (as sponsor) will have sole discretion on whether you continue in and eventually complete VETSTEPS.  Any Field Representative Agreement you enter into with Guardian, and related association with CP, can be maintained separately from your involvement in the VETSTEPS program.  Neither Guardian nor CP is affiliated with the DOL or the Veterans Administration and neither Guardian nor CP sponsor VETSTEPS.

 The Guardian Network® is a network of preferred providers authorized to offer products of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian), New York, NY and its subsidiaries.  2020-93870 Exp 02/22