MADISON, Wis. (1/12/10)--Certified Credit Union Executive (CCUE) designations were awarded to 27 individuals from 10 states, bringing the total nationwide to 2,665, said the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). CCUE, instituted in 1975, is the hallmark of professional credit union achievement. Designed for managers and those aspiring to credit union leadership, the program teaches advanced credit union management and operations techniques. Also, three individuals earned the Certified Financial Services Professional (CFSP) designation. The program began in 1999 as a designation targeted at educating credit union professionals specializing in financial services. The Certified Executive Program (CEP) awarded specialty certifications to 18 credit union professionals. These certifications require in-depth courses in a specialty area, including: compliance, lending, financial management, marketing and human resources. The CEP is the overall name for the self-study program for the above designations. Recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education (ACE), the classes and materials are tailored to those working within the Credit Union System. All new designations were awarded in November. Lisa Gray, Dow Chemical Employees’ CU, Midland, Mich., was awarded high honors. Cynthia Magliocca, State Employees; CU, Raleigh, N.C., was awarded honors. For the names and the credit unions of the new CCUE, CFSP, and specialty designees, use the link.