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ICFE eNEWS #14-09 - May 20th 2014

ICFE Introduces New Certification Certified Young Adult Financial Specialist (CYAFS™)

San Diego, CA - The Institute of Consumer Financial Education (ICFE) has introduced for April 2014 a new certification course titled: Certified Young Adult Financial Specialist ("CYAFS"). It has been submitted to the CFP Board for 10 hours of continuing education credit as well as the AFCPE and a variety of other professional organizations.

The ICFE's new CYAFS program is about teaching professionals to educate young adults. Young adults are more in need of financial education than ever before. There are more financial products and decisions to be made for their lives today and to plan for their future. The new Certified Young Adult Financial Specialist program educates trains and equips financial counselors to communicate their expertise in a way that young adults are able and willing to accept it.

The course objectives are:

  • Knowledge Objectives:
    • Have a basic understanding of money, credit, investing, and some of the laws governing them.
    • Know the stages of life for young adults and how the basic financial issues.
    • Understand the personal finance issues facing young adults.
  • Course Skills Objectives:
    • Learn tools for effective communication with young adults.
    • Understand the importance of ensuring young adults have all the available information they need to manage situations and make sound decisions.
    • Learn to explain complex concepts in an easy-to-understand manner.

Young Adult Financial Specialist certification course participants learn about their audience and the social and economic forces that are influencing their behavior. They will learn to guide young adults to become educated financial consumers who can think through their options intelligently. From building credit to buying a house to saving for the future, this course covers the gamut that young adults need to understand to live productive financial lives.

CYAFS course was written by the principals of Get It Together for ICFE. Get It Together is an Independent Financial Education company. ICFE has certified over six thousand professionals in seven different specialty certification programs. These professionals are employed by a wide range of organizations including consumer credit and debt counseling organizations, credit unions and other financial institutions, student loan lenders, cooperative extension system, all branches of the military, mortgage, real estate, and financial services firms; law enforcement, and other government agencies. Many others are private practitioners including notary public, attorneys, CPAs, CFPs, privacy professionals, fraud investigators and consumer educators.

Find out more about CYAFS

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Sent by:

Paul S. Richard
President - Executive Director
Institute of Consumer Financial Education (ICFE)

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.

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