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Illinois kicks off third year of financial counseling program
Click to view larger image The Illinois Credit Union League's Melanie Murphy talks to Certified Credit Union Financial Counselors at a Credit Union Financial Counseling Certification Program class reunion last week at the league offices in Naperville.  (Photo provided by the National Credit Union Foundation)
MADISON, Wis. (1/31/13)--The Illinois Credit Union Foundation is bringing the REAL Solutions enhanced version of the Credit Union Financial Counseling Certification Program (FiCEP) to Illinois credit unions for the third consecutive year, said the National Credit Union Foundation.

FiCEP is a partnership between the National Credit Union Foundation/REAL Solutions, Credit Union National Association's Center for Professional Development (CUNA CPD), the Illinois Credit Union League and Illinois credit unions to train staff to give professional financial counseling and education to consumers throughout the state.

"FiCEP participants are gaining knowledge and skills that help them provide personalized service to credit union members in keeping with our 'People Helping People' philosophy," said Dan Plauda, league president/CEO. He noted that the number of certified financial counselors in Illinois tripled during the past two years, and is set to nearly double this year."

The 2013 Illinois program, which began Jan. 23, has 57 new participants from 19 credit unions and representatives from CUNA Mutual Group. In the first two years of the Illinois program, more than 60 individuals from 30 credit unions graduated as Credit Union Certified Financial Counselors (CCUFC). 

Students used the CUNA CPD's FiCEP  to study for their CCUFC certification. CUNA staff graded the tests and issued the certificates.  

For more information, contact Lois Kitsch, NCUF REAL Solutions Program Director, at lkitsch@ncuf.coop.
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