Credit Union Certified Marketing Executive (CUCME) Designation

Increase your marketing value within your credit union

Earn your designation as a Credit Union Certified Marketing Executive™ (CUCME) by attending all three years of CUNA Marketing & Business Certification Schools and passing a comprehensive exam at the end of each term. This designation is a great way to let others know you are a professional who has successfully demonstrated knowledge of the most pertinent aspects of being a credit union marketing executive.

Curriculum and testing will focus on the following core competencies:

  • Strategic Marketing 
  • Public Relations & Reputation Management
  • Building a Relevant Brand Experience
  • Retail Marketing
  • Market Research
  • Persuasive Communication
  • Aligning Marketing with Credit Union Strategy
  • Leadership Skills
  • Marketing Plan and Budget Development
  • Identifying and Implementing Trends
  • Member Retention
  • Calculating ROI
  • Content Marketing
  • Market Segmentation

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How to earn the CUCME designation

There are two requirements:

  1. Attend all three Marketing tracks/years at CUNA Marketing & Business Development Certification School (formerly known as CUNA Marketing Management School).
  2. Pass all three corresponding exams. Exams are administered onsite at the end of each program.



Your CUCME certification will be valid for three years. To maintain your designation, you can recertify in one of the following ways:

  1. Attend CUNA Digital Marketing School.
  2. Attend  CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council's annual conference.
  3. Attend the Business Development track/year at CUNA Marketing & Business Development Certification Schools. By doing so, you'll both recertify for your CUCME, and have the opportunity to earn another designation -  Credit Union Business Development Professional (CUBDP).



As a credit union marketing professional, what is the benefit of this designation?

The content is based on competencies that have been proven to help credit union marketers be successful at their jobs. Coming to the school will test your understanding of the competencies. You can also earn CPE credits.

If I attended CUNA Marketing Management School in the past, will that count towards the designation?

Yes, your attendance will count towards the requirements needed to earn your designation. You are encouraged to continue attending any remaining tracks/years of the program until you have attended all three. Once you have completed the attendance portion of the requirements, contact or 800-356-9655 x4249 and inquire about your options for testing as a legacy attendee of the CUNA Marketing Management School program.

What is a passing grade?

All exams are 60 questions in a multiple-choice format. A passing grade is considered 70% or higher. The instructors are actively involved in reviewing the materials with you throughout the week to successfully prepare you to take the test.

What happens if I don't pass a test?

In the event that you do not pass a test, you will be able to retake the test at a later date with a designated proctor. The CUNA staff will be able to advise you on that process.

Do I have to attend in consecutive order or in consecutive years?

CUNA encourages those that are starting out in marketing to start with Part 1, but the requirement is to attend all three parts. You are not required to attend in consecutive years. There is not an expiration date to complete the requirements once you have started the program.