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2023 FiCEP Registration is now open.
The Southeastern Credit Union Foundation (SECUF) has partnered with CUNA and CU Difference to offer an exceptional financial counseling training program for credit union staff and volunteers. The program, called the Enhanced Financial Counseling Certification Program (FiCEP), combines self-study with instructor-led webinars and networking opportunities. Thanks to the generous support of our donors and sponsors, we can offer this enhanced FiCEP program at a lower cost.
Participants who successfully complete the program and exam earn the prestigious Certified Credit Union Financial Counselor (CCUFC) designation. This certification demonstrates proficiency in critical financial counseling skills and concepts, empowering participants to provide superior service to credit union members and guide them towards greater financial stability.
2023 FiCEP Important Dates
Credit unions that employ certified financial counselors have a distinct advantage in showcasing the credit union difference, expanding their product and service offerings, and attracting new members. The Enhanced FiCEP program is tailored for credit union staff who work in financial counseling, collections, loan departments, and other roles that involve supporting members in achieving better financial health. This program equips credit union staff with the skills to counsel members effectively, enabling them to improve their budgeting, savings, debt reduction, and future planning.
In addition to the CUNA FiCEP workbook, participants in the program can access excellent supplementary training from SECUF and CU Difference. These resources include live and recorded webinars, as well as personalized support for participants. The following resources are available to enhance the learning experience:
By leveraging these resources, participants can deepen their understanding of financial counseling concepts and gain valuable insights from experienced professionals. The webinars and community platform also foster peer networking and collaboration, which can be invaluable for personal and professional growth.
Thanks to the generous support of our donors and sponsors, we can offer this enhanced FiCEP program at a lower cost. Registration fees cover various components, including FiCEP instructor, a PDF version of the 5th Edition FiCEP book, educational webinars, a development webinar, a group virtually proctored exam, and access to networking opportunities.
LSCU member credit unions can invest in this program for a maximum of $799 per participant, with the actual cost depending on the number of participants registered. Credit unions with assets under $100 million can use their SAS initiatives account, and Professional Development Grants may also be available to help cover the cost.
Here are the registration fees based on the number of participants:
Each student can expect to spend an average of 30 minutes reading each chapter and 60 minutes participating in weekly webinars. Additional time is required to take practice quizzes and prepare for the 100-question proctored exam, which is a requirement for receiving the CCUFC (Certified Credit Union Financial Counselor) designation. The exam may take up to two hours to complete.
If you earned your Certified Financial Counselor designation three or more years ago, you are encouraged to complete continuing education to keep your certification. To recertify, CUNA has the following two options available:
Register to attend CUNA’s eSchool, either live or recorded; or Self-study by purchasing the latest book (pdf or printed). Books can be purchased through the SECUF at $399 and include:
Through this community current students as well as those already certified can connect, ask questions, share tips, and ideas as well as upload documents to contribute to the growing library of resource materials.