Certification is optional for consumer credit counselors. It is rarely required for employment or advancement. However, the Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC) designation indicates a financial counselor has strong skills. Applicants for the AFC certification must:

  • pass an exam;
  • demonstrate two years of financial counseling experience; and
  • submit three letters of reference.

For more information about certification as a Financial Counselor, contact:

Institute for Personal Finance
2121 Arlington Avenue, Suite 5, Upper Arlington, OH 43221-4339
Phone: 614.485.9650, Fax: 614.485.9621