About the DE Program - The Foundation

Development Education (DE)

About the Credit Union Development (DE) Program - What is DE?

Linking our past with credit unions' present, the DE program brings renewed relevance to the philosophy of "People Helping People." This unique and transformative training provides critical lessons in cooperative principles, credit union philosophy and international development issues while incorporating challenges credit unions face today.

During the National Credit Union Foundation’s week-long DE Training, participants are involved in group exercises, field trips, encouraged to ask questions of visiting speakers, and are required to complete team projects proposing solutions for credit unions to help alleviate or eliminate challenging situations in any given area. Since 1982, more than 1,800 credit union advocates from over 35 countries have graduated from DE Training to become Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs).

Upcoming DE Training & CUDE Event Dates

If you are interested in attending DE Training, email us at CUDE@ncuf.coop to be placed on our notification list for 2018 training registration:

November 2018 DE Training - REGISTRATION IS OPEN
November 7-14, 2018 - Madison, WI

2019 DE Training Dates: SAVE THE DATE!

April 2019 Training
April 3 -10, 2019 - Madison, WI

May 2019 Training
May 15-22, 2019 - Madison, WI

September 2019 Training
September 11-18, 2019 - Madison, WI

November 2019 Training

November 6-13, 2019 - Madison, WI

Scholarship Information

Many state credit union foundations and leagues offer scholarships to DE training. Check with your state foundation or league for scholarship specifics and how to apply. Note that DE training falls into the "education" or "professional development" scholarship category for many states.

Why Become a CUDE?

Attendees of an early Foundation DE Training class in 1983.
Attendees of an early Foundation DE Training class in 1983.

DE training is open to everyone from new employees who need a credit union orientation to seasoned executives who need to recharge. Participants cite many benefits of attending DE training:

  • Graduates acquire skills in credit union outreach initiatives, problem solving, technical assistance, team building, and public presentations.

  • Graduates earn certification as Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs). They join a networking group including over 1,800 graduates across America and 35 other countries.

  • CUDEs realize that local issues are indeed global – and that credit unions grow stronger by working cooperatively.

  • CUDEs return to their jobs with new understanding of how to promote cooperative principles and credit union values as distinct advantages in today’s competitive financial services marketplace.

  • CUDEs become passionate advocates of the credit union philosophy, which boosts employee motivation, creativity and a deeper commitment to their credit union organization and the movement.


All cancellations must be received in writing. Please provide a brief explanation for the cancellation and submit via email to chelminak@ncuf.coop. Cancellations received more than 30 days prior to the event are subject to a 25% administrative fee on the registration total. No refunds will be granted for cancellations received on or after 30 days prior to the event. Substitutions are accepted prior to the start of the program. Additional costs may apply. Please provide the CUDE training date, current participant name and new participant name to chelminak@ncuf.coop.

For More Information...

...contact Chad Helminak, Director of Credit Union Development & Cooperative Values Engagement, at (608) 231-4078 or chelminak@ncuf.coop.

“DE Training helps you bridge the gap between who you are and who you dream of being.”

Cindy Beauregard, CUDE 2016
Heart of LA FCU

Read More DE Training Testimonials

For CUDEs:

Interested in getting your I-CUDE designation? Click here.

Would you like to be a program mentor at an upcoming training? Click here for the job description, complete the application and send to Chad Helminak at chelminak@ncuf.coop.