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    REAL Solutions, CUNA & Leagues Partner to Offer Financial Counseling Training to CUs

    An enhanced version of the Credit Union Financial Counseling Certification Program (FiCEP) is available to credit union staff thanks to a collaboration between the National Credit Union Foundation’s REAL Solutions® effort, Credit Union National Association’s Center for Professional Development (CUNA CPD), and the Arkansas, Illinois, Mississippi, and Virginia credit union leagues.

    FiCEP, a self-study program offered by CUNA CPD is a program where credit union employees learn how to counsel members to better prepare for their future and to assist when they are faced with financial difficulties. Until now students have had the option of attending a face-to-face school or through self-study. Through this enhanced version of the program, students not only get the self-study guides, but it includes 8 webinars (1 per module) which will review the printed materials and add real-life experiences, as well as two in-person meetings which will feature networking, education and proctored exams. Click here for more information on FiCEP.

    “With the Foundation’s new focus on financial education, this partnership makes perfect sense because it will help more credit union members make better financial choices,” said Lois Kitsch, NCUF National REAL Solutions Director. “This is just the beginning too, as more Leagues come into the program in the next few months. In fact, 500 new financial counselors are expected to go through the program from 16 states during 2011.”

    Credit unions interested in having staff trained to become financial counselors should contact Lois Kitsch at REAL Solutions lkitsch@ncuf.coop.

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