Self-study programs are convenient for credit union professionals to learn essential skills, management techniques, and gain valuable financial knowledge, while earning nationally recognized certification.

Each of the programs listed below are offered by the Northwest Credit Union Association through our partnership with the Credit Union National Association. These programs are geared toward specific areas of responsibility and position.


CUNA designations are a simple, affordable way to strengthen current abilities and enhance opportunities for advancement. Let others know you are a professional who has successfully demonstrated a deep understanding in your area of expertise.

Bank Secrecy Act Compliance Specialist (BSACS)

Certified Credit Union Executive (CCUE)

Certified Credit Union Financial Counselor (CCUFC)

Certified Credit Union Volunteer (CCUV)

Credit Union Business Lending Professional (CUBLP)

Credit Union Compliance Expert (CUCE)

Credit Union Certified Marketing Executive (CUCME)

Credit Union Enterprise Risk Management Expert (CUERME)

Credit Union Security & Fraud Expert (CU-SFE)

Testing Procedures

Some designations also offer a self-study program allowing students to pick a time and date for testing that best fits their busy schedule. Learn more about the testing procedures to make the proctored testing process as easy as possible.

For more information on the education programs, contact CUNA CPD at 800.356.9655 ext. 4072.

Certificate Programs

CUNA has the best variety of credit union training courses available. Whether you’re online with CUNA CPDOnline or using our print courses, the best on-demand, flexible, self-study credit union training is at your fingertips. For proven results, exams are offered for every course, as well as a number of designations across multiple credit union disciplines.

CU Advance is an interactive, competency-based learning program offered through CUNA CPDOnline. Learners take courses based on their own personal competencies, knowledge, training, and experience.

Each CU Advance learning module consists of 5-6 courses. Each course is designed to provide 20-30 minutes of optimum learning enjoyment. CU Advance offers a uniquely difference learning experience because it has:

  • Blended learning that incorporates a variety of delivery channels including print, audio, video, web, and instructor-led.
  • Learner-directed courses that give your employees the flexibility to take modules in any order and test out of courses with pre-tests.
  • Competency-driven career pathing built to help learners move toward the career path of their choice within the credit union.
  • Experiential learning, including interactive exercises, community chat rooms, field trips to additional resources, practice activities, simulations, case studies, and printed materials.

STAR and MERIT offer practical job-specific training courses designed to develop staff to their top performance potential. These traditional courses are offered in both print and online formats to make learning easy. One final exam per course provides the student the opportunity to test their knowledge.