Credit Counseling Certification and Certificate Programs

Credit counseling certificate programs are designed to provide working financial professionals with a better understanding of how to help clients negotiate debt and improve their credit.

Essential Information

Many programs are offered through workshops, on-site classes or self-study sequences and award a certificate upon completion. Topics covered include bankruptcy regulations, budgeting strategies and credit law.

  • Program Levels in Credit Counseling: Certificate
  • Online Availability: Some programs are offered entirely online through colleges, universities, or private professional organizations

Credit Counseling Certificate

Certificate program and training courses provide aspiring credit counselors with the knowledge and tools to help customers manage various kinds of credit. Topics covered throughout a curriculum may include:

  • Credit counseling techniques
  • Personal finance
  • Budgeting
  • Credit laws and regulations
  • Bankruptcy

Employment Outlook and Salary Information

While little employment data is available for credit counselors, job growth in the closely related area of personal financial advising is expected to increase faster-than-average by 21%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, The BLS also published the median annual salary earned by credit counselors as $42,110 in May 2014.

Certification and Continuing Education

Most credit counseling certification organizations require candidates to complete a corresponding training program and exam in order to be awarded certification. Continuing education may be needed in order to maintain or renew certification. The National Association for Certified Credit Counselors and the Associate for Financial Counseling and Planning Education both provide continuing education programs for credit counseling certification.

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