The IAPDA certification training course materials have been updated and expanded many times over the years, more than doubling in size from the original course size.
The IAPDA is North America’s leading debt settlement, credit counseling and student loan consolidation training and certification programs. In business since 2000, we’ve become the training gold standard for consumer debt relief professionals. To be trained and certified by the IAPDA tells everyone that you are a Certified Debt Specialist, Certified Credit Counseling Specialist and Certified Student Loan Professional ready to help consumers who need it.
We see that the entire debt relief industry is now evolving into to an industry which is much more consumer and solutions focused. We have also evolved by offering a complete debt relief education to our members, with additional training and certification IAPDA certified members are now able to professionally advise their consumer clients on all debt relief options available to them for solving overwhelming debt problems.
We’re also unique because we focus on individuals. We help entrepreneurs become trained and certified so they can start their own work-at-home business, and we also train individuals who work for (or want to work for) debt relief companies of all sizes. – to be recognized as an IAPDA member is to be recognized as a professional debt relief specialist.
The closest analogy we can use is that of a Realtor®. You can train as a Realtor® and work for yourself, or as part of a real estate office. But either way, the Realtor® designation matters.
Why certification matters:
Membership in the IAPDA provides training, certification, debt industry knowledge, legislative updates and important peer credibility to our members.
There was a time when no certification was needed to work as a debt industry specialist. However, federal and many state legislators have changed the rules as to who can work in this field (and almost all others are moving towards this). Several states have already enacted UDMSA legislation that limits debt relief services to only those trained and certified. In these states, the IAPDA is recognized as one of the few accepted certifications (and we’re also on the books to be recognized in the states with pending legislation.)
What the above means is the door is closing – either you’re certified, or you’re out. And those who ARE certified now have a distinct advantage.
IAPDA Certified Debt Specialists, Certified Credit Counseling Specialists and Certified Student Loan Professionals are respected professionals in the debt relief iIndustry. Consumers, creditors/collectors and collection attorneys, and legislators all recognize the commitment of our members to training, certification and membership in the IAPDA. Leading debt relief professionals fully understand the value and the return received for their initial business investment in training, certification, and membership.