IAPDA Prepared for Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Regulation of the Debt Relief Industry

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The International Association of Professional Debt Arbitrators, a nationally-recognized provider of debt relief certification programs, is proud to provide consumers and legislators with important decision making tools.

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In the past companies could display the standard IAPDA Member Logo and advertise that all of their consultants are IAPDA certified. Consumers can now easily verify this claim..

International Association of Professional Debt Arbitrators (IAPDA), long the source of the debt relief industry’s leading certification training programs makes it's membership more transparent for consumers and legislators. To support new CFPB regulations and the industry's desire for greater transparency IAPDA has updated it's policy on the use of the IAPDA Member Logo by members. Members can display the IAPDA Member Logo on their company website and marketing materials but now must only display a specific Member Logo indicating their company's overall level of participation in IAPDA certification programs.

Levels of participation are determined by the number of company employees who attain IAPDA certification(s) and maintain their certification(s) with continuing education every two years. Platinum Level companies have over 100 currently certified IAPDA members, Gold Level companies have 25-99 currently certified IAPDA members, Silver Level companies have 10-24 currently certified IAPDA members and Bronze Level companies have 2-9 currently certified IAPDA members.

Professional education and consultant certification is more important than ever in the debt relief industry. IAPDA programs provide a standardized foundation for debt consultant’s professional knowledge, as well as an objective measure by which consumers can judge the debt relief expert they turn to for help.

Laurence Larose, IAPDA Executive Director says, “Consumers deserve to work with debt relief consultants who totally understand all the debt relief options available and who can effectively guide them back to a debt free life. Leading Debt Relief company owners and top consumer debt advisors agree. They heartily recognize and endorse the complete debt relief education and the certifications earned by IAPDA dual certified members.”

Consumers and legislators can search the IAPDA 3000+ member database online by either name, company name or city to learn the current membership and certification status of all 3000+ IAPDA members.

IAPDA also publishes a detailed list on their website of companies with IAPDA certified members. The list is sorted by each company's level of participation in IAPDA certification training programs, making it very easy for consumers and legislators to compare a company's stated level of participation with IAPDA records.

Larose also says, “In the past companies could display the standard IAPDA Member Logo and advertise that all of their consultants are IAPDA certified. Consumers can now easily verify this claim and see how many company staff members, if any, have received thorough IAPDA training and certification”

About IADPA
The International Association of Professional Debt Arbitrators (IADPA) is the debt relief industry’s leading certification training programs. Established in 2000, they have graduated over 3,000 members, and offer online-based training to both individuals seeking certification, and companies that want to certify their employees. Visit them online at http://www.iapda.org.

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