San Diego, CA - The Institute of
Consumer Financial Education (ICFE), an award winning San
Diego based public education organization reports the new
"ICFE Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist"
training and certification program has been accepted for
30 Continuing Education (CE) credits by the CFP Board of
Standards and Practices, Inc. (Denver, CO), which oversees
required continuing education for Certified Financial
The "ICFE Certified Identity Theft Risk Management
Specialist" (ITRMS) educational and certification testing
program comprehensively prepares and equips law
enforcement professionals, financial planners and CPA's,
resolution advocates, notaries, lawyers, credit and debt
counselors, through education, testing and computer
software training, with the knowledge and skills necessary
to help consumers and businesses fully assess and minimize
their present risk of credit and identity theft. 5 CEUs
are on the general principles of financial planning and 15
CEUs are on insurance planning and risk management.
Financial advisors, planners, and counselors are on the
front lines of helping their clients secure their
financial futures. The rampant epidemic of Identity Theft,
cyber-crime, and other types of consumer fraud poses a
serious threat to that financial security, and the impact
can do be truly devastating. The acceptance of this course
by the CFP Board of Standards and Practices clearly
demonstrates that in todays environment, it is critical
for financial professionals to educate and assist their
clients in addressing all aspects of risk management not
only in the traditional sense today it must include credit
and identity theft risk management. Most consumers are
simply unaware of the extent of their risk exposure, and
the professional who is in a position to provide this type
of client assistance provides a valuable, much-needed
service that distinguishes themselves amongst their peers.
The program enrollment includes an Independent Study
Guide, the CasePlanner Software, an ICFE PowerPoint Show
on ID Theft Risks, and a 100 question written examination.
An 80 passing percent grade is necessary for enrollees to
become ICFE Certified and earn the CEUs.
There are five areas of study and testing:
1) Understanding Identity Theft
2) Credit Reports, Specialty Reports and Public Records
3) Identity Theft Risk Management and Resolution Using
4) Consumer Protection Law Summaries
5) Identity Theft Risks and Issues for Businesses.
The ICFE has also certified about 1000 professionals
nationwide as ICFE Certified Credit Report Reviewers and
ICFE Certified Personal Finance Instructors for the ICFE
Money Instruction Book.
About the ICFE:
The Institute of Consumer Financial Education (ICFE) was founded in 1982 by the late Loren Dunton (creator of the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation). The ICFE is dedicated to helping consumers of all ages to improve their spending, increase savings and use credit more wisely.
The ICFE is an award winning, nonprofit, consumer education organization that has helped millions of people through its education programs and Resources. It publishes the Do-It-Yourself Credit File correction Guide, which is updated annually. The ICFE has distributed over one million Credit/Debit Card Warning Labels and Credit/Debit Card Sleeves world wide.
The ICFE became an official partner with the Department of Defense/Financial Readiness Campaign in June of 2004.The ICFE was an active partner in the California Student Debt Resource Awareness Project (CASDRAP) which resulted in a new web site: (studentdebthelp.org). CASDRAP disbanded in 2010, shortly after the web site project was completed. In 2011 the ICFE assumed the single sponsorship of the (studentdebthelp.org) web site and is now responsible for its content and operation.
The ICFE is also an on-line help for consumers who spend too much. ICFE's spending help was featured in PARADE Magazine in the Intelligence Report section. The money helps and tips are from the ICFE's Money Instruction Book, our course in personal finance.
Visit the ICFE's other web sites at: www.financial-education-icfe.org and studentdebthelp.org. Both sites helps consumers and students with mending spending, learning about the proper use of credit, budget and expense guidelines, how to set up and implement a spending-plan and also how to access financial education courses and how to teach children about money. Other ICFE services include: Ask Mr. G, a free eNews, and an online resource center for students, parents and educators, plus financial education learning tools and a book store.