Are you interested in financial education as a possible career? If so, you should definitely look into the FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Accredited Financial Counselor® Fellowship.
The ProgramThe Military Spouse Fellowship program is a joint venture between AFCPE, the National Military Family Association (NMFA) and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. The fellowship covers the course costs for the AFC® training and the first two attempts at both exams. Upon successful completion of the program, and the required practicum, the participant will be awarded the Accredited Financial Counselor® designation from AFCPE®.
Accredited Financial Counselor® (AFC®) is a professional certification program offered by the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education® (AFCPE®). The program requires two courses and two exams. Study is self-directed and is done at your own pace, but the program must be completed within 36 months.
From the application announcement:
Many employers such as credit unions, financial aid offices, and community housing agencies need well-trained, ethical and caring financial counselors to meet the increasing demand for financial counseling services.
Military spouses can fill this need while building a rewarding career that is flexible to the demands of the military family lifestyle.
EligibilityThe following individuals are eligible to apply for this program:
- Current spouses or surviving spouses of a Uniformed Service member; Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (active duty, National Guard and Reserve, or retirees)
- Current Civil Service employees
- Current employees of contractors serving the United States government
- Active duty or Reserve Component members of the Armed Forces
- Holders of active securities licenses
- Current National Military Family Association Staff, Volunteers, and Representatives
- Those already enrolled in the AFCPE® Certification programs
- Those who previously accepted the fellowship but did not complete the program
My ExperienceI was enrolled in the AFC® program for over two years. I applied for the fellowship several years in a row, and finally just decided sign up for the program on my own. II found the course materials very useful in combining financial skills with counseling skills. I did not complete the program because I could not get suitable proctors at my remote locations. I have recently spoken with another previous student who had difficulty finding a place to complete her practicum hours.
Do you have more questions? See the Financial Counselor Fellowship FAQs.
The application deadline is 16 April 2014. I know that sounds far away, but don't procrastinate. We all know that never ends well.