Nearly 150 hand-picked and already highly successful Bank of America Merrill Lynch financial advisers next month will embark on what amounts to defined contribution retirement training boot camp at The Retirement Advisor University (TRAU) in pursuit of a Certified 401(k) Professional designation to further their DC expertise and differentiate themselves from other practitioners.

TRAU, a strategic partner of the UCLA Anderson School of Management Executive Education, founded in 2010, offers more than 70 courses both online and onsite at UCLA focusing on developing retirement advisers' skill sets through a combination of academic and practical coursework that takes anywhere from nine months to two years to complete.

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