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CMIP-NEWS and Updates:

To our CMIP® / CMIS™/ CMIR™  Family:
We need to take this time to re-evaluate things in our lives. We shouldn't get so busy in our careers that we forget what is really important in life...our family, friends, loved ones, and humanity in general. While we are forced to take a step back during this pandemic, and any other adversity that may head our way, let us take deliberate steps forward in building our relationships.
May God be with you and your families.
 Kevin Firth- President

  • C.M.I.P.

After applying for our CMIP® designation to be listed on the FINRA® (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) website for professional designations, we are pleased to announce that FINRA® has determined that the CMIP® designation is appropriate for listing on their website for professional designations.

FINRA® is a private organization authorized by the US government to enforce ethical investment practices among registered brokers, and is largely known for regulation and registration of brokers and brokerage firms.

FINRA® also monitors daily market functions, handles customer complaints, and maintains a library of educational materials for investors.

While FINRA® does not approve or endorse ANY professional credential or designation, FINRA® reserves the right to determine which credentials and designations are appropriate for listing.

We are pleased in FINRA's determination that our CMIP designation is appropriate for listing on their site.

Kevin Firth, President

Certified Medicare Insurance Planner™, DBA

  • C.M.I.P.

Updated: May 24, 2022

Experience is often overlooked and disregarded in our society and in most western cultures of today. Not only experience in age, but also experience in the workplace.

Which is better, the more experienced versus the more educated employee? This has long been debated in many corporate boardrooms and HR departments over the decades. How many times have you heard of younger, newly graduated, employees taking the place of older and much more experienced managers or executives? To make matters worse, often the company expects the manager or executive to train their replacement, in a few short weeks or months, before they are replaced!

Experience, though, can never be taught. As any experienced professional in any industry can tell you, there are nuances, scenarios, situations, particular skill sets, etc., pertinent to any industry, that cannot be taught, they are gleaned over the years from experience only.

So, why are there so many very well known and respected professional designation organizations that require from no years to only a couple of years of professional experience to qualify for their designations? Their emphasis is mainly on passing their exams, while charging thousands of dollars. Little emphasis is based on experience.

Who would you pick to perform surgery on yourself or your loved ones... the newly graduated intern that has a couple of surgeries under their belt, or the surgeon that has successfully performed thousands of surgeries over the years?

Our designations require 7 years of experience for our, coveted, CMIP® designation; 5 years of experience for our CMIS™ designation, and 3 years for our CMIR™ designation.

Join Us! Come see how our emphasis on our "K.E.E" fundamentals of Knowledge, Experience, and Ethics, can make an impact on your career and in the confidence that your clients have in you.

To our CMIP, CMIS, and CMIR Family, thank you for your commitment to excellence.

Thank you for all that you do!


Kevin Firth, President

Updated: Mar 22, 2022

When asked, which of our "K.E.E." values are the most important,

(Our core "K.E.E." values, as our Designation Holder Family knows, stand for K- Knowledge/ E- Experience/ E- Ethics), I, without hesitation, say, "Ethics", of course.

You can have knowledge and experience, but not ethics, and your clients are not going to be well served. In fact, that agent will be more apt to serve themselves than their client.

Over the course of my career, I have seen agents with many years of experience and a tremendous amount of knowledge, that only cared about the number of sales they made. They were more interested in making money than serving their clients ethically and professionally.

Let it be known...Certified Medicare Insurance Planner, DBA, does not want to associate with these kind of agents. We want the agent that not only has the knowledge and experience necessary to qualify for one of our designations, but is also guided by ethical principles and behavior.

Certified Medicare Insurance Planner™, DBA, insists that agents with a CMIP®, CMIS, or CMIR designation, maintain higher ethical standards than your average Medicare Advantage agent. We want agents that would rather walk away from a sale, than make a sale unethically. If this describes you, then we want you to join our family. If not, then please, do not bother.

As CMIPs, CMISs, and CMIRs, if you know of any agent with one of our designations, that you believe has acted unethically, or unprofessionally, please send us an e-mail describing the event time and place, name of the agent, along with the facts. We will investigate your concerns. And yes, you can remain anonymous.

On the other hand, if you know of an agent that has high ethical standards, and qualifies for our one of our designations, please speak to them about joining our Family.

Thank you, Family! Thank you for striving to be the best you can be for yourself, your family, your clients, and humanity.

Thank you for all that you do!


Kevin Firth, President

Certified Medicare Insurance Planner, DBA

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