Community Financial Empowerment Certification


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The Community Financial Empowerment Certification was designed for social service providers/ support staff hoping to expand their knowledge of personal finance and economic decision-making for their clients. The program focuses on budgeting, saving, spending, and breaking the cycle of poverty by enhancing the knowledge of social service providers in financial empowerment work.


All trainings in the program be taken as individual workshops and are open to any interested social service staff. A Level 1 Certification is available to participants who complete the single four-hour session. Participants will leave with knowledge on how to implement financial empowerment tools, tactics, and mentalities into their work as well as with an understanding of why people make the decisions they do through instruction on behavioral economics. 

All Level 1 workshops are offered free of charge and are open to any social service staff. Level 1 is being offered virtually through a series of videos. To access this virtual offering, please go to Google Classroom, sign in to your Google account, and use the code: qblrz57

Level 1 workshops can also be scheduled specifically for organizations or programs that have an entire staff or portions of a staff that would like to be trained. If that is the case for your organization, please contact Joseph Cecil.

When you complete your Level 1 Certification, contact Joseph Cecil to receive a certificate and acknowledgement of your credential, and your supervisor and/or agency director will also receive notification of your achievement. We encourage you to include the CFEC on your resume as a professional asset.

After achieving Level 1 Certification, you are invited to expand your financial empowerment toolkit with additional trainings. Level 2 Certification offerings will rotate throughout the year, but will include trainings like Advanced Behavioral Economics, Financial Coaching, and My Money Habitudes. 

To earn the Level 2 Certification, you must complete any three (3) sessions. Level 2 workshops are presented as continuing education components in which anyone at any level of involvement in the Certification may participate, but only participants who have already completed Level 1 Certification will receive Level 2 credit for them.

Level 2 certification courses can be found at Calendar - Center for Nonprofit Excellence (

If you cannot attend the time and date of the Level 2 course being offered or missed when it was offered, please visit our Level 2 Web Archive to watch a recording of a previous session and take the pre and post-survey's to get credit for having attended the class. 

The Community Financial Empowerment Certification and Training program is brought to you by the Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services, Advocacy and Empowerment division with the support of the PNC Foundation, the Center for Non-Profit Excellence and Metro United Way.

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