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Credit Union Institute of Canada Program

An overview

The success of credit unions has been due largely to the dedication and commitment to service excellence of credit union management and staff. In a rapidly changing financial services environment, providing service excellence to members rests increasingly on the ability of employees to learn new skills and keep pace with changes in the financial services industry.

Many credit unions are finding that the best way to keep pace with change is to encourage their staff to broaden their knowledge and skills through continuing education programs offered by the Credit Union Institute of Canada (CUIC). The CUIC provides credit union employees with a challenging curriculum of study aimed at enhancing their job skills. These programs provide greater job satisfaction, and open doors to new career opportunities within the credit union system.

What is the Credit Union Institute of Canada?

The CUIC is an independent, national, educational association which is part of CUSOURCE, provider of development and learning systems to Canada’s credit unions. CUSOURCE is owned by the Credit Union Central of Canada. Established in 1972 and re-organized in 1990, the CUIC provides Canadian credit unions with professional development programs for their elected officials, management and staff.

Programs

CUIC currently offers two professional studies programs that are co-sponsored by the College of Continuing Education, Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Each program comprises a series of courses leading to a professional designation recognized throughout the credit union system. Some courses may be taken at approved colleges, universities, professional associations or other institutions. Others are offered directly through CUIC.

The College of Continuing Education, Dalhousie and CUIC jointly determine the academic content and standards of the programs. The CUIC oversees all administration. Professional designations for each program are awarded jointly by CUIC, and the College of Continuing Education, Dalhousie University.

General Studies Program (GSP)

The GSP is a nine-course program that provides a general overview of credit union administration and management. This Program is suitable for entry-level, supervisory, and middle-management employees. GSP graduates are awarded the professional designation, "Fellow of the Credit Union Institute of Canada" (FCUIC). Introduced in July 1992, this program replaced the Canadian Credit Union Institute's longstanding Fellows' Program.

Management Studies Program (MSP)

The MSP is a twelve-course program that offers a mix of general and credit union-specific courses on credit union business management. This Program is suitable for credit union employees in, or preparing for middle-and upper-level management positions. MSP graduates are awarded the professional designation, "Associate of the Credit Union Institute of Canada" (ACUIC).