Enhanced Financial Counseling Certification Program (FiCEP)

2024 Opportunities 

New Certifications

EDUCATIONAL INVESTMENT

$824 per student with a PDF book
$865 per student with a physical book

Note: The 6th edition textbook will be used. Previous editions will be incompatible with the 6th edition exam.

REGISTRATION

Spring Program: March 4 – May 3
REGISTRATION CLOSED – DEADLINE IS JANUARY 17

Summer Program: June 24 – August 23
REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 24

Fall Program: August 5 – October 4
REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS JUNE 13
Fall – REGISTER HERE

Recertifications

If you earned your Certified Credit Union Financial Counselor designation three or more years ago, you are encouraged to complete continuing education to maintain your designation. Recertifications are provided through America’s Credit Unions – register to attend their school or self-study by purchasing the latest version of the FiCEP book. For more information, reference the “recertification” tab on this webpage.

Earn Your Certified Credit Union Financial Counselor (CCUFC) Designation 

In collaboration with the Louisiana Credit Union League & the Tennessee Credit Union League, MSCUA is pleased to once again offer an enhanced version of America’s Credit Unions Certified Financial Counseling program (FiCEP) to provide Mississippi credit union professionals the opportunity to earn their Certified Credit Union Financial Counselor (CCUFC) designation and help more members achieve financial health!

Our enhanced program uses the America’s Credit Unions FiCEP 6th edition textbook and adds elements to help participants easily grasp and retain counseling concepts and knowledge. Our engaging and interactive webinars are filled with relevant examples and skills testing to help reinforce the knowledge you need to pass the exam and effectively perform your counseling duties. Upon earning your CCUFC designation, newly certified counselors are ready to assist members on the road to financial wellness.

Who Should Become a Certified Financial Counselor?
Anyone with a desire to positively influence member’s financial health should have the opportunity to become a CCUFC, but we especially recommend this program for lending staff, collections staff, branch managers, trainers and educators.

More than 200 Mississippi credit union professionals have already completed the program and earned their Credit Union Certified Financial Counselor (CCUFC) Designation to help members achieve financial health!

The 2024 Enhanced FiCEP curriculum includes:

  • 1 textbook with 60 chapters to be read at the student’s pace before viewing the webinar
  • 8 tutorial webinars that reinforce and further explain important details from the textbook
  • 8 skills test reviews accompany each webinar
  • 1 live instructor-led zoom exam preparation session using anonymous polling and group discussion
  • 1 pre-recorded exam prep video that highlights textbook areas to focus on
  • 1 instructor led training day to include instruction recap, role playing, mind mapping program implementation, idea sharing & best practices
  • Take-away tool kit including budget spreadsheets, spending plans, program decision guides, action plans, tracking methods and more!
  • 1 session of League proctoring for America’s Credit Unions certification exam
  • Access to our online Counselor Community to network, ask questions & share ideas with new and existing counselors from multiple partner states

Webinar Training & Schedule
This course is semi self-paced. We provide the suggested schedule below to keep you on track to complete your final exam and participate in the training day with the entire class of graduates.

Spring Program: March 4 – May 3
Fall Program: August 5 – October 4

Week 1: Complete Chapters 1 – 9 / View Webinar 1
Week 2: Complete Chapters 10 – 18 / View Webinar 2
Week 3: Complete Chapters 19 – 25 / View Webinar 3
Week 4: Complete Chapters 26 – 34 / View Webinar 4
Enjoy a scheduled break week or use a week to catch up if needed.

Week 5: Complete Chapters 35 – 43 / View Webinar 5
Week 6: Complete Chapters 44 – 48 / View Webinar 6
Week 7: Complete Chapters 49 – 54 / View Webinar 7
Week 8: Complete Chapters 55 – 60 / View Webinar 8

There will be a one hour zoom exam prep session offered after week 8 and the test will be administered online within 2 weeks. Exact prep and test dates will be communicated in your class welcome email and on the Ficep portal.

Testing Information
All testing is done online so that students receive their grades instantly and privately. Students must have access to a device with internet connectivity & camera capabilities. Make up dates for virtual testing will be announced for anyone who misses the exam date.

To register, please use the registration link at the top of this page.