Certified Credit Counselor

 

Certified Credit Counselor
Program Length: 8-12 weeks | Enrollment: Open

Credit counseling is a massive industry with significant opportunities for employment. With the proper training and instruction in a classroom setting at WSB, clients will learn the ins and outs of becoming credit counselors. During their time in the classroom, clients will gain a better understanding about the importance of credit and debt settlement. The training and instruction will provide them with the tools to educate and guide others looking to improve their credit and financial situations.

Clients will earn three certifications, with the opportunity to earn three additional certifications, for a total of six certifications upon completion of the program. The first three certifications will take eight weeks to earn, and include credit counseling, financial counseling and debt settlement certifications. The additional three certifications are housing counseling, student loan counseling and small business certifications. Each of these certifications will add an additional two weeks per certification.

During the credit counseling class, clients will study how to prepare for certifications. This begins by establishing what credit counselors do—they counsel people. Clients, therefore, learn the skills that are essential to all counseling. With these skills in place, credit counselors are better able to empower their clients toward positive change. Subsequent sections explore credit cards, debt collection, mortgage and small business lending, housing issues, retirement income options, student financial aid, the psychology of spending and options for resolving debt. Internships may also be offered.

 

For more information, or to begin the application process, contact Rebecca Reid, director of recruiting and retention, at rreid@wsblind.org or 800-248-0734.

 

 

 
 

PREREQUISITES

  • Pass background, tax and fingerprint checks, plus a telephone skills assessment
     
  • The ability to read print at 100 wpm with 75% comprehension when reading technical materials, if print is primary reading method
     
  • The ability to read Braille at 30 wpm with 75% comprehension, if Braille is primary reading method
     
  • Fill out forms with a keyboarding speed of at least 30 wpm
     
  • 90% accuracy on a math test (using a calculator)
     
  • Excellent skill using a web browser and assistive technology
     
  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Outlook
     
  • Intermediate skill with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel
     
  • 12th-grade spelling level
     
  • Functional independent living and travel skills
     
  • Strong logical reasoning ability
     
  • Emotional maturity