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Credit Counseling Certification and Certificate Programs

Read about credit counseling certificate and certification programs. See what certificate programs cover and learn about professional certification exams for credit counselors.

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Essential Information

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. 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.

Some programs are offered entirely online. These may be offered through colleges and universities or private professional organizations which also issue certification upon completion of the training program.

Program Coursework

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 at a much-faster-than-average rate, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, The BLS also published the median annual salary earned by personal financial advisors as $67,520 in May 2012.

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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