MADISON, Wis. (7/25/08)--A number of on-site learning opportunities for credit union professionals will be available in September, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) announced Thursday. Offerings include:
* CUNA’s third annual Payment Systems Conference, Sept. 8-10, Baltimore. It is devoted entirely to payment system issues affecting the credit union movement. Topics include: National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) due diligence guidelines, vendor risk assessment, and effective planning for third party e-commerce; * The Leadership Development Institute, Sept. 7-12, Baltimore. The interactive conference teaches current and aspiring credit union leaders to hone their skills, discover their unique qualities, and achieve leadership success; * Operations Sales and Service Council Conference, Sept. 17-20, Williamsburg, Va. The conference will include sessions about: growth strategies, hot topic compliance issues, generating deposits, branch delivery efficiency, sales culture development, call centers, social engineering, and fraud; * Human Resource Management Schools: Parts I and II, Sept. 15-19, San Francisco. Part I spans topics such as employment law, interviewing skills, pandemic planning, protecting the elderly from financial exploitation, leadership, and communication. Part II analyzes areas such as writing a strategic plan, managing business ethics, turnover reduction, incentive plans, and evaluating the CEO; * Volunteer Certification School, Sept. 7-12, San Diego. The school has two available training tracks to choose from to earn the new Certified Credit Union Volunteer designation. The Board of Directors track includes oversight of entire credit union operations and strategic planning. Areas of study are: safety and soundness; governance; CEO oversight; board operations and development; and strategic planning. The Supervisory Committee track explores audits, risk assessments, and related credit union issues. Areas of study focus on: credit union knowledge and committee governance; annual audit requirements; risk assessments and audit plans; internal audits; and board operations and development; * Security and Fraud Institute: Introduction, Sept. 21-26, Seattle. The conference will teach credit union professionals how to spot possible criminal activity. Internal fraud and security issues will include: workplace violence, robbery and scams. Sessions also will define policies and procedures for different issues, as well as address security planning, risk assessment, and investigations; * CUNA Security Certification Institute: Technology and Facilities and Fraud, Sept. 21-26, Seattle. General sessions will overview security and compliance issues, information technology and facility security, electronic fraud, and current fraud trends and future threats. Two certification options are available for attendees who wish to pursue these credentials: Credit Union Security and Fraud Expert Certification (SFE)--designed for staff responsible for credit union facility security and fraud issues; and Credit Union Security Technology Expert Certification (STE)--created for those accountable for the development and implementation of security procedures and practices that guard credit unions from intrusions and threats; * Compliance Fundamentals Seminar, Sept. 20-21, Seattle. Two levels of compliance schools will follow. Offered as an introduction or refresher, the seminar provides a comprehensive overview of the major regulations that affect credit unions each day; * Regulatory Compliance School: Introduction, Sept. 21-26, Seattle. This class details NCUA requirements and guidance issues, along with regulations for mortgage and consumer lending, deposit accounts, and general operations; * Regulatory Compliance School: Update, Sept. 21-25, Seattle. The school provides an in-depth understanding of Bank Secrecy Act requirements, and lending and eBanking compliance. Also, participants will hear about the top compliance challenges for credit unions and learn the NCUA’s hot topics and red flag-issues for the year such as vendor due diligence, along with pending and possible future compliance issues; and * CUNA’s Personal Finance Institute, Sept. 10-12, Landsdowne, Va. The institute will help credit unions create “cradle to grave” financial education programs for staff, members and the community.