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Become a Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE)

  • Learn the history & philosophy of credit unions.
  • CUDEs gain a new understanding of how to promote cooperative principles and credit union values as distinct advantages in today’s competitive financial services marketplace.
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Graduate from CUNA Management School (CMS)

  • Learn how to manage all areas of a credit union.
  • The CUNA Management School program builds dynamic leaders with a rigorous blend of university classes and experiential learning activities.  Entering its 57th year, CUNA Management School has a well-earned reputation as an outstanding three-year executive education program that has prepared nearly 4,800 students.  Graduates now earn their Certified Credit Union Executive (CCUE) designation upon completion of CMS.
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Trade associations and supporting organizations

The Wisconsin Credit Union League in Madison and Pewaukee, WI, is the dues-supported trade association for more than 200 Wisconsin credit unions.  The League is dedicated to serving member credit unions throughout the state and proud to espouse the “Credit Union Difference” through advocacy, education and public service. Website.

CUNA (Credit Union National Association), based in Washington, D.C., and Madison, Wisconsin, is the premier national trade association serving America’s credit unions. The not-for-profit trade group is governed by volunteer directors who are elected by their credit union peers. In partnership with state credit union leagues, CUNA provides many services to credit unions, including representation, information, public relations, continuing professional education, and business development. Website.

CUNA Mutual Group.  Their collaborative relationship with credit unions dates back to their founding in 1935, when the vision of credit union pioneers to provide insurance for members led to the creation of CUNA Mutual Society. Today, CUNA Mutual Group’s commitment to fulfilling this mission has grown to meet the evolving needs of credit unions and their members by providing insurance and other financial services. Website.

National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF).  As the philanthropic and social responsibility leader of America’s credit union movement, NCUF raises funds, makes grants, manages programs, and provides education empowering consumers to achieve financial independence through credit unions. Website

World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions. WOCCU promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. WOCCU advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions’ financial performance and increase their outreach. Website.

Filene Research Institute is dedicated to scientific and thoughtful analysis about issues affecting the future of consumer finance and credit unions. Through Filene, leading scholars and consultants analyze managerial problems, public policy questions, and consumer needs for the benefit of the credit union system. Their mission is to support research efforts that will ultimately enhance the well-being of consumers and assist credit unions in adapting to rapidly changing economic, legal and social environments. Website.