NACM Unveils Certified Credit and Risk Analyst Designation to Focus on Advanced Financial Analysis

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NACM Unveils Certified Credit and Risk Analyst Designation to Focus on Advanced Financial Analysis


New learning tracks and the evolution of professional designations are part and parcel for keeping up with the varying and progressing needs of today's business professionals, including those in credit. After a review of existing programs, and careful consideration and development, NACM announced in March the latest in a long line of world-class designation programs: The Certified Credit and Risk Analyst (CCRA).

The CCRA is unlike NACM's other longtime designation programs in that it is a standalone program. It exists outside of NACM's "Career Roadmap" that includes the Credit Business Associate (CBA), Credit Business Fellow (CBF) and Certified Credit Executive (CCE), the latter of which is still NACM's top-level designation for members.

The CCRA was created after Financial Statement Analysis II was removed from the CBF designation, with the new requirements effective January 1, 2013. NACM's Education Department updated the extracted course and renamed it Financial Statement Analysis, Interpretation and Credit Risk Assessment to better reflect its emphasis. The updated version is now considered by NACM to be the cornerstone of the CCRA. "We realized that Financial Statement Analysis II wasn't for everyone, and that it served as a bit of a roadblock to the CBF for some members. However, we also recognized that some credit department personnel need that in-depth, advanced financial analysis background, which is why this standalone designation was created;' said NACM President Robin Schauseil, CAE. …

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