The Certified Credit Executive® (CCE®) is NACM's executive level designation which endorses its achievers as capable of managing the credit function at an executive level. Candidates must pass a rigorous, four-hour exam which tests application skills in the areas of accounting, finance, domestic and international credit concepts, management and law.
Ways to Qualify for the CCE Designation Exam:
Plan A: 10 Years Experience, a Four-year Degree and 125 Career Roadmap Points
Plan C: 15 Years Experience, 57 Years of Age or Older, and 125 Career Roadmap Points
How to Apply for the CCE Designation
Submit the following to the NACM Education Department:
1. The Education Department Registration form, with applicable fee ($175 for NACM members, $275 for non-NACM members), if not submitted previously.
2. The CCE Designation Application form, with applicable fee ($385 for NACM members, $535 for non-NACM members). You should submit your course grade transcripts with this application.
3. A copy of your resume.
4. Official college transcripts. Transcripts must be received directly from your college.
Once you've qualified, you may take the CCE Designation Exam. The four-hour exam is offered three times a year nationwide at local NACM Affiliated Association offices and once a year at NACM's Credit Congress. Exam and paperwork deadline dates may be found here. NACM provides a Study Guide/Outline of relevant texts and topics. NACM also offers CCE review sessions through the Credit Learning Center to assist you in preparing for the CCE exam. Your local NACM affiliate may also offer CCE review sessions.
Second Year GSCFM® Students
Upon successfully completing the second year of Graduate School of Credit and Financial Management® program, students may take the CCE designation exam. The standard application requirements are waived, though these students must take and pass the CCE exam to earn the designation.
CCP HOLDERS (formerly FCI)
Anyone holding the Certified Credit Professional (formerly FCI) certification, Canada's credit designation, who would like to become a CCE should register and apply for the CCE designation. Roadmap points and work experience qualifications will be waived for all CCP's in light of the intensive course regime and testing process required of them in Canada. Candidates need not complete the Career Roadmap, but must submit a copy of their CCP certificate, along with official college transcripts and a current resume. CCP's who register and apply for the CCE examination must also take and pass the same exam as all domestic candidates.
CCEs must apply for recertification every three years. During each three-year period, a total of six recertification points must be earned. Three of the six points must be continuing education points and three points must be participation points.
Education points may be earned by:
Participation points may be earned by:
These are only a few ways which you may accumulate the required recertification points. Please see the CCE recertification brochure for more details
Recertification Brochure (Download PDF file)
You may find a listing of your NACM education history by visiting www.nacm.org and logging in through the link in the upper right corner. Once logged in, click on Check My Account and then Participation to view your CEU earnings, NACM meeting history and CMI survey participation.
CCE Recertification Fees:
Recertification reports are due no later than December 31 of the year of certification expiration. For each three-year period, there is a renewal fee of $175 for members and $300 for nonmembers. Renewal fees are reduced to $150 for members if the renewal application is received by October 31 of the year of certification expiration.
Lifetime CCE Certification
CCEs must apply for recertification every three years until reaching age 60 (or until age 55 and have officially retired from the credit and financial management field.) When you reach age 60 (or 55, having formally retired), you should notify the National Education Department so that you may be granted lifetime certification.