Credit Union Development Education (CUDE) Program

"This is one of if not the most transformative experiences of my life. If you want to understand why this business industry exists, GO! If you have staff that doesn’t quite get the difference we make, send them! They will thank you, and your members will thank you!" - Mitchell Aviles, Farmers Insurance Federal Credit Union, DE Class of 2018


The Credit Union Development Education (DE) Program is the signature program of the National Credit Union Foundation. It is a transformative and experiential training that promotes the education and application of credit union business principles and philosophy.

The DE Program is designed to explore and create opportunities for credit unions to leverage their cooperative business structure. Since 1982, more than 1,900 credit union advocates from over 35 countries have attended DE Training to earn their CUDE designation.

Dates and Pricing

DE Training will be held on the following dates:
April 3 -9, 2019
May 15-21, 2019
September 11-17, 2019
November 6-12, 2019

Cost to attend DE Training: $3,100.00
  • Pricing includes lodging and meals for the duration of the training.
  • Participants are responsible for travel expense.
  • Credit unions not affiliated with CUNA can still attend DE at a non-member rate of $3,875 (please contact us to see if you qualify).
All DE Trainings will be held in Madison, WI at the Lowell Center, located on the University of Wisconsin campus. For more information, visit the Lowell Center website. (please note that we book hotel stays for attendees) Participants should plan to travel to and from Madison on the first and last days of training. More information on how to make your travel arrangements will be provided upon registration.

Who should attend DE Training?
DE Training is intended for emerging or established leaders from credit unions, system partners and organizations that support credit unions*. Employees from all organizational levels are eligible to attend. Volunteers and board directors are welcome as well.

*Individuals must be from an organization that has (1) a primary purpose to support credit unions or some element of the credit union movement, (2) a significant portion of its ownership, membership or customer base from the credit union system and (3) demonstrated a commitment to the purposes of the Foundation. If you have any questions whether you're eligible to attend DE Training, contact Chad Helminak, DE Program Director, at

Cancellation Policy:
All cancellations must be received in writing. Please provide a brief explanation for the cancellation and submit via email to 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

For More Information... Chad Helminak, Director of DE and Cooperative Culture, at (608) 231-4078 or