Louisiana League Equips CUs With Fin Counseling Know-how

From CUNA News Now - Credit unions in Louisiana have embarked on a new program that promises to give members another benefit through credit union membership through access to certified financial counselors.

Working with the National Credit Union Foundation's REAL Solutions Program and the Credit Union National Association's Center for Professional Development, the Louisiana Credit Union League has continued its affordable training program that kicked off for credit union staff in January with 57 individuals from 22 credit unions and the league participating.
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Louisiana credit unions participate in a new blended training program that offers staff affordable training as certified financial counselors. The Louisiana Credit Union League teamed with the National Credit Union Foundation's REAL Solutions Program and the Credit Union National Association's Center for Professional Development for the program.



The program combines the lower cost and convenience of CUNA's self-study Credit Union Financial Counseling Certification Program (FiCEP) with webinars and local in-person training and networking. Once participants successfully complete the FiCEP training and pass eight proctored exams, they earn the Credit Union Certified Financial Counselor (CCUFC) designation.

In June, more than 30 individuals earned their CCUFC designations, and more than 30 are expected to earn the designation in July. Certificates will be presented to individuals during chapter meetings around the state in August and September. The league also plans to offer the program again in January.

"We are so encouraged by the tremendous response we've seen to this program from our credit unions, and the students have been so enthusiastic and eager to learn," said Jennifer Green, league vice president. "We believe it will help credit unions make an incredible difference in their members' lives."

She noted that "credit unions are in a unique position to provide both education and counseling to members to help them improve their financial future."