Press Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: ICFE 619-239-1401

25 September 2012

Nonprofit ICFE help professionals expand their market with niche certification programs

San Diego, CA. - Small business owners, like financial planner John Hobden of London, Ontario, Canada, was looking for a relatively quick way to expand his business.

What John discovered was a niche certification, the Certified SmartEquity Specialist (CSES™) program from the nonprofit Institute of Consumer Financial Education - ICFE, based in San Diego, CA. Hobden learned a new way - not the make an extra payment plan - to pay off his mortgage and lower the amount of his interest payments resulting in a tremendous savings of his time and money.

"My referral business has exploded to the point I'm having a hard time keeping up with the appointments. All I did was share my CSES™ course experience with my clients and helped them save thousands in loan interest payments," he recalled. "I found by first helping clients free up cash flow and saving thousands of dollars in loan interest payments, they found it easy to get properly insured. The Certified SmartEquity Specialist program from the ICFE helped me both personally and professionally," Mr. Hobden said.

Most in the forefront is the Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist (CITRMS®), introduced in 2006 by the ICFE. It is the nation's only recognized certification course training individuals how to access an individual's or small business owners' risk of identity theft. CITRMS® professionals show them how to minimize or eliminate their risk all together.

Nearly 5000 individuals have enrolled in the CITRMS® course. ID Theft protection industry giant, ID Experts, based in Portland, OR has required many of their front line customer service representatives obtain this valuable training and the CITRMS® certification.

Many military and civilian credit and debt counselors, attorney's and their legal assistants, notary publics and fraud investigators worldwide are among those whose professional standing is boosted by CITRMS® qualification. The ICFE maintains an international directory of all its certificants.

Credit reporting, credit ratings and credit scores are another area of specialization for many different professionals. By becoming a Certified Credit Report Reviewer (CCRR®) through the ICFE, people can make an immediate impact on the lives of their clients and their credit reports. CCRRs® are trained to look for a wide variety of reporting irregularities and mistakes. CCRRs® also put in seminars on how to improve credit scores.

Another ICFE course is the Certified Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (CHECMS™). It fine-tune's the real estate or mortgage person's knowledge and how to help their clients navigate the reverse mortgage process.

The ICFE also has instructor training courses for "Make Your Move", a first-time home buyers course, "Money in Motion", "Money and Faith in Motion" and the "Money Instruction Book". "Credit When Credit is Due" is one of the nations most popular consumer credit courses with almost a half million people enrolled or completing it.

The ICFE's courses are accepted for continuing education (CE) credits by a wide variety of professional associations, state regulatory and licensing authorities, including the CFP® Board of Standards and Practices and the Association for Counseling and Planning Education.

A specialized certification may help a small businessperson land a sole source contract. For instance, many municipalities and private employers make Identity Theft Protection part of an employees benefit package. When they issue requests for proposals, most specify the individuals who work with their employees must have a CITRMS® designation. A certification could also land a professional a "preferred vendor" status with many companies and governmental employers.

For more information about the ICFE's Certifications and the International Directory of Certificants, please visit ICFE.info.

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Media Contacts: Paul Richard, ICFE - 619-239-1401 - icfe@cox.net