Credit Union Development Education (CUDE)

About the Credit Union Development Educators Program

Linking our past with credit unions' present, the CUDE 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 CUDE 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 attended the training to earn their CUDE Certification.

Upcoming CUDE Trainings

If you are interested in attending CUDE Training, email us at to be placed on our notification list for 2019 training registration:

2019 CUDE 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 Earn Your CUDE Certification?

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

CUDE training is open to employees and volunteers from credit unions, credit union support organizations and credit union system partners. Attendees range from new employees to seasoned executives. Individuals who attend the training and earn their CUDE Certification:

  • Acquire skills in credit union development and outreach, strategic problem solving, advocacy and team building.

  • Join a networking group including over 1,800 graduates across America and 35 other countries.

  • Develop an understanding that local developmental issues are indeed global – and that credit unions grow stronger by working cooperatively to solve these issues.

  • 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.

  • Become effective and dedicated 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 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 Credit Union Development & Cooperative Values Engagement, at (608) 231-4078 or

“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

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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