San Diego, CA. - The United States Air Force (USAF)
awarded the nonprofit, Institute of Consumer Financial
Education (ICFE) a contract for the enrollment of 200
USAF personnel in the ICFE's specialized training and
certification programs. Selected Command Financial
Specialists (CFS) and Community Readiness Consultants (CRC)
with the Airmen and Family Readiness Centers, who are
providing counseling and education at Air Force
installations around the world, are participating.
The ICFE, which is providing exclusive training,
examination and certification to Air Force counselors as
ICFE Certified Credit Report Reviewers (CCRR) and/or the
ICFE Certified Identity Theft Risk Management
Specialists (CITRMS), is also an official partner with
the Department of Defense's Financial Readiness
Naomi Vernon, of the Airman, Family and Community
Operations Branch, headquartered at Randolph AFB, Texas,
said 'Our personnel, and especially new recruits, are
constant targets of fraudulent business deals and scams
whether the businesses are situated outside AF
installations or on the internet. A good way to help
them avoid entrapment is education.' Vernon continued,
'Loan fraud, payday lending, credit and identity theft
are among the most prevalent.'
Many Air Force CRCs and CFSs are Accredited Credit
Counselors (ACCs) or Accredited Financial Counselors (AFCs),
credentials they earned through the Association for
Planning and Counseling Education (AFCPE). Individuals
who hold these credentials are required to earn
continuing education (CE) credits each year, similar to
CPA or CFP continuing education requirements.
The ICFE's courses on credit report reviewing, and
identity theft risk management are widely recognized and
both are accepted for CE credits with many major
organizations, including the AFCPE, the CFP Board of
Standards and Practices and several state regulatory
'The CCRR and CITRMS materials include an Independent
Study Guide, PowerPoint Shows, software and examination
booklet. Once certified, the CRCs are equipped to put on
training seminars and also counsel Air Force personnel
on these important issues,' said Ms. Vernon.
The ICFE has examined and issued credentials to over
5,000 individuals, including privacy consultants, law
enforcement, other military counselors, lawyers,
paralegals, financial planners, credit counselors, real
estate agents and mortgage brokers since 2005.
Get information on ICFE's certifications at
Contact: ICFE Executive Director Paul S. Richard
OR Naomi Vernon, USAF Randolph AFB, TX at 210-565-2055
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.