AFCPE' Grants 20 Continuing Education Credits for Accredited Financial Counselorssm Who Complete the ICFE's New Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist' Program
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AFCPE' Grants 20 Continuing Education Credits for Accredited Financial Counselorssm Who Complete the ICFE's New Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist' Program

San Diego, CA. - The ICFE's new "Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist'" training and certification program has been accepted for 20 Continuing Education (CE) credits by the Association for Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE') for those individuals who have earned the highly respected Accredited Financial Counselorsm (AFCsm) designation from the AFCPE'.

The ICFE "Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist'" (CITRMS') educational and certification testing program comprehensively prepares and equips AFCsm's, 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.

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 be truly devastating.

The acceptance of this course for CEUs by the AFCPE', The CFP Board of Standards and Practices, the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants and PACE clearly demonstrates that in today's environment, it is critical for financial services 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.

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 percent passing 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) Managing the Public Dossier: Credit Reports, Specialty Reports and Public Records
3) Identity Theft Risk Management and Resolution Including CasePlanner Software
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', which is also approved for 12 CEUs for AFCsms by the AFCPE'.

The ICFE Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist' program is available in printed format directly from the ICFE at, and also in an online learning format through the ICFE's online education partner, The Institute of Fraud Risk Management


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: (  CASDRAP disbanded in 2010, shortly after the web site project was completed.  In 2011 the ICFE assumed the single sponsorship of the ( 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: and  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.

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