Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 21, 2011
A lot is at stake for the Debt Relief industry which is experiencing a difficult year because of a major change in regulation with the introduction of the FTC amendment to the Telemarketing Sales Rule in late 2010. The new rule protects consumers by banning the collection of any up front fee by debt relief service providers, fees can only be collected once the debt relief service has been provided. Debt relief services are badly needed by consumers and reputable, performance based (no upfront fee) providers are now re-building the battered debt industry.
The IAPDA now provides all members with free certification training offers, their lowest program pricing ever and new monthly payment plan options for their industry recognized certifications and membership. The IAPDA also recognizes and supports two important industry initiatives by giving further IAPDA program price reductions to participants and members of each.
SAFTI - State and Federal Transparency Initiative - created by industry leaders to provide critical transparency components into the debt relief space. SAFTI seeks to become the first federally recognized self-regulation system in the debt relief industry. As consumers struggle financially to overcome the overwhelming burdens of debt, it is critical that they find and use a company that is honest, compliant and trustworthy.
Learn More at: http://www.saftinetwork.com
AFCC - American Fair Credit Council - association members adhere to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rules for consumer protection in the debt relief industry and can join only after they certify that they abide by the AFCC’s new code of conduct. The AFCC serves as a key resource on the credit advocacy industry. Legislators, regulators, borrowers and consumer advocates can turn to the AFCC for information about the impact of credit advocacy, regulatory compliance, and credit card lending practices.
Learn More at: http://americanfaircreditcouncil.org
"The Debt Relief industry has had a rough ride this past year and these two completely consumer focused undertakings are key to renewing consumer trust and re-establishing this very needed and viable industry and IAPDA will support this in any way we can. Lowering the costs and making it easier to budget for individual training and certifications for our members is one significant way we can help." said Laurence Larose, Executive Director of the IAPDA.
The International Association of Professional Debt Arbitrators (IADPA) is the debt settlement industry’s leading certification training program. Established in the year 2000, they have an active membership that exceeds 3,000 members, and offer online-based training to both individuals seeking certification, and companies that want certification for their employees. You can visit them online at http://www.iapda.org.