IAPDA Focuses on Re-certification of Practicing Members after Sweeping Debt Relief Industry Changes

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The International Association of Professional Debt Arbitrators, providers of nationally-recognized debt relief certification programs, announces that it is preparing practicing members for success in the new debt relief industry by updating their knowledge and credentials.

Certification is an industry recognized validation of a debt relief consultant's skills and is a proven differentiator. Professional development is a career long process. This past year many changes occured in the debt industry requiring an updating of knowledge and skills. These changes include the introduction of new laws related to client debt counseling and the practice of debt negotiation and settlement. The purpose of encouraging members to receive continuing education is threefold:

1. to enhance the individual professional's capacity to serve his or her clients
2. to protect the consumer's interest
3. to uphold the rigor of the certification program.

The debt relief industry is rapidly changing with the introduction of new state laws and federal rules affecting those who provide debt relief services. The IAPDA certification training programs are continually updated with new materials to keep members abreast of the changing landscape. The IAPDA continuing education policy is designed to make sure that members who are active in the industry and desire current knowledge of industry practices and governing legislation have the opportunity to re-certify every two years.

Laurence Larose, Executive Director says "The IAPDA encourages all members to keep abreast of developments in the subject matter and practice of debt relief and financial counseling. To that end many states also require our members to acquire an appropriate amount of continuing education from the IAPDA on a bi-annual basis for their approval of Certified Debt Specialist and Certified Credit Counseling Specialist accreditations."

Re-certification as a Certified Debt Specialist - CDS and Certified Credit Counseling Specialist - CCCS for additional two year periods requires completion of a refresher of the latest version of the IAPDA CDS/CCCS training courses and re-submission of the CDS/CCCS certification exams.

About IADPA
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 graduated over 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.

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