Through industry-leading professional designations and specialized training and education for the financial counselling profession, OACCS sets the bar high for the required expertise. The OACCS Certified Credit Counsellor designation program was developed and introduced to the financial counselling industry in 2006 by Ontario Association of Credit Counselling Services (OACCS).
The OACCS Certified Credit Counsellor designation is recognized as the highest professional designation level available to not-for-profit Credit Counsellors in Canada. This designation includes the Accredited Financial Counsellor Canada designation, a key aspect of our overall counsellor certification program, the Insolvency Counsellor’s Qualification Course designation and an extensive work experience requirement. To maintain the OACCS Certified Counsellor designation, certificants must keep abreast of industry developments and practice of the specialty and demonstrate this through continuous education. OACCS Certified Credit Counsellors are considered the most highly qualified personal financial experts in the country.
The OACCS commitment to training and education for the financial counselling industry allows a component of our certification program – the Accredited Financial Counsellor Canada designation – to be broadly available to qualified financial practitioners in Canada. It is not a requirement to be a member of OACCS in order to register in the AFCC designation program.
Financial practitioners who earn certification designations develop and present workshops, training programs and educational sessions for individuals and families to foster their understanding of personal finance and effective money management techniques, including how to apply them to everyday situations.