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CUNA Volunteer Certification Program

Demonstrate expertise as a credit union volunteer

Volunteers face several responsibilities, and meeting those responsibilities requires a firm grasp on credit union operations and board leadership as well as the credit union movement as a whole.

With CUNA Volunteer Certification Program, you can become the expert board or committee member your credit union needs.

Designed to create confident, strategic credit union leaders, this program gives volunteers the expertise and decision-making skills that are expected of them and allows them to earn our premier volunteer designation, Certified Credit Union Volunteer (CCUV).

As a enrollee, you’re empowered by choices. You decide whether to earn your designation in person at our face-to-face school or through self-study. Either way, you’re connected to industry experts who will provide you with actionable knowledge.

Demonstrate your commitment to lead. Browse the links below to learn more about this pathway to the volunteer elite.

Board of Directors Track
(NEW format) Includes fundamentals, governance and strategy courses for board members.             

Areas of Study:

  • Safety and Soundness
  • Governance
  • CEO Oversight
  • Strategic Planning
  • Board Operations & Development

Supervisory Committee Track  
Includes audit, risk assessments and other credit union issues.              

Areas of Study:

  • Credit Union Knowledge & Committee Governance
  • Annual Audit Requirements
  • Risk Assessments/Audit Plan
  • Internal Audit
  • Board Operations & Development

You must complete the exams for following three CUNA Volunteer Achievement Program (VAP) courses: History & Philosophy (V01), Financial Reports (V02) and Managing Risk (V03).

Training Formats 

To become a Certified Credit Union Volunteer (CCUV), you may choose from two methods of training:

CUNA Volunteer Certification School
Volunteers who prefer the traditional setting will opt for these week-long training sessions. It includes knowledge and discussion sessions, culminating in five (5) certification exams. 

Self-Directed Study
For volunteers who prefer to learn on their own, the self-directed option allows you to pick and choose learning activities. Please complete the enrollment form if you're interested in the Supervisory Track only. The enrollment process is automatically in place for those completing the board track.

There is no time limit for completing the CCUV designation. You must complete one activity annually for your enrollment to remain active. If there is no activity for one year, the enrollment is cancelled and re-enrollment is required.

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