Become NGPF Certified in specific personal finance topics for FREE!

Certification Courses are NGPF’s most in-depth professional development format. Each course combines 9 hours of live virtual sessions focused on a core personal finance content area with a 1-hour exam. The content follows the flow of NGPF Semester Course but uses different resources so your content knowledge deepens without feeling redundant. These courses are 100% free.

WHY TAKE A CERTIFICATION COURSE?

Become more confident, qualified, and ready for the classroom

Boost your resume and earn digital badges to add to your email

Receive NGPF Academy credits and swag

Achieve the NGPF Distinguished Educator award when you complete 6 or more certifications

Most states that track professional development accept them for state CEUs

Fulfill the prerequisite requirements for graduate courses under the ASU Partnership

 

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COHORT #43

SESSIONS

Apr 15 - May 16

REGISTRATION

CLOSED

EXAM WINDOW

May 17 - 24

Live virtual courses offered:


Credit
Consumer Skills
Cryptocurrency Basics

On-demand only courses offered:


Behavioral Economics
Investing
 

Credit

4-6pm PT / 7-9pm ET

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In this course, participants will explore major aspects of credit, loans, and debt management. We will also drill down on the complexities of the United States crediting system, common pitfalls, and current trends!

CERTIFICATION COURSE SCHEDULE
Session 1 Tues, April 16 Credit Essentials, Debt Fundamentals

Session 2 Tues, April 23 Credit Cards, Personal Loans and Predatory Lending

Session 3 Tues, April 30 Trends in Consumer Credit, Auto Loans

Session 4 On-Demand Mortgages, Credit Reports & Scores

Session 5 Tues, May 14 Identity Theft and Current Trends

EXAM WINDOW MAY 17-24

Consumer Skills

4-6pm PT / 7-9pm ET

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In this course, participants examine the lives of modern consumers. We explore targeted advertising, social media influencers, deceptive web design elements, advanced scams, fraud threats, fake product reviews, and more!

CERTIFICATION COURSE SCHEDULE
Session 1 Wed, April 17 How Social Media Influences Spending

Session 2 Wed, April 24 Big Data & Targeted Advertising, Dark Patterns

Session 3 Wed, MAY 1 Comparison Shopping Skills, How eCommerce Business Models Affect Budgeting

Session 4 On-Demand Second Hand Savvy, Scams, Fraud, and Identity Theft

Session 5 Wed, MAY 15 Consumer Ethics

EXAM WINDOW MAY 17 - 24

Cryptocurrency Basics

2-4pm PT / 5-7pm ET

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Sessions will cover many topics including the pros and cons of Bitcoin, to the current state of crypto, and more. Educators will gain an understanding of what cryptocurrency is, how it works, and arguments for and against its widespread adoption.

CERTIFICATION COURSE SCHEDULE
Session 1 Thurs, April 18 The History of Money and Cryptography

Session 2 Thurs, April 25 The Pros/Cons of Bitcoin

Session 3 Thurs, May 2 Ethereum + Smart Contracts, Exploring Altcoins

Session 4 On-Demand The Metaverse, NFTs + DeFi, Getting Started with Crypto

Session 5 Thurs, May 16 Unpacking Scams and Fraud

EXAM WINDOW MAY 17 - 24

Investing
[On-Demand Only]

ON-DEMAND ONLY

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This course emphasizes vocabulary, content knowledge and NGPF resources for Investing instructional use. Participants will build the foundational understanding of: the value of investing early and often, compounding returns, stocks and bonds, and more!

CERTIFICATION COURSE SCHEDULE
Session 1 On-Demand Compounding, Stock

Session 2 On-Demand Measuring Performance, Bonds

Session 3 On-Demand Behavioral Economics, Intro to Index and Mutual Funds

Session 4 On-Demand ETFs and Target Date Funds, Retirement Investing

Session 5 On-Demand Robo-Advising and Current Events

SESSION DEADLINE MAY 15 | EXAM WINDOW MAY 17 - 24

Behavioral Economics
[On-Demand Only]

ON-DEMAND ONLY

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Educators will walk away with real-life examples of these biases along with ideas on how to overcome them. This content knowledge will prove helpful in educators' lives while also increasing their confidence to teach the unit.

CERTIFICATION COURSE SCHEDULE
Session 1 On-Demand Experiments, Cognitive Biases

Session 2 On-Demand Loss Aversion, Endowment Effect

Session 3 On-Demand Financial FOMO and Marketing Applications

Session 4 On-Demand Overconfidence, Confirmation Bias

Session 5 On-Demand Hedonic Adaptation

SESSION DEADLINE MAY 15 | EXAM WINDOW MAY 17 - 24

COHORT #44

SESSIONS

Jun 3 - 19

REGISTRATION

OPEN

EXAM WINDOW

Jun 21 - 28

Live virtual courses offered:


Banking & Budgeting
Cryptocurrency Basics

On-demand only courses offered:


Advanced Investing
Behavioral Economics
Career

NOTE: Cohort #44 is a 3-week cohort

 

Banking & Budgeting

2-4pm PT / 5-7pm ET

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During this course, participants will cover essential strategies and tools for successfully banking and budgeting. Throughout the 5 session course, sessions will focus on Online Banking, Overdraft Fees, Budgeting Strategies, Savings Accounts, and more!

CERTIFICATION COURSE SCHEDULE
Session 1 Mon, June 3 Checking Accounts, Overdraft Protection Fees, Unbanked and Underbanked, Online and Mobile Banking

Session 2 Wed, June 5 Why is Saving Important?, Types of Savings Accounts

Session 3 Mon, June 10 Peer-to-Peer Payment Apps, Budgeting Strategies

Session 4 Wed, June 12 Budgeting for Transportation and Housing

Session 5 Mon, June 17 The Gig Economy

EXAM WINDOW JUNE 21-28

Cryptocurrency Basics

2-4pm PT / 5-7pm ET

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Sessions will cover many topics including the pros and cons of Bitcoin, to the current state of crypto, and more. Educators will gain an understanding of what cryptocurrency is, how it works, and arguments for and against its widespread adoption.

CERTIFICATION COURSE SCHEDULE
Session 1 Tues, June 4 The History of Money and Cryptography

Session 2 Thurs, June 6 The Pros/Cons of Bitcoin

Session 3 Tues, June 11 Ethereum + Smart Contracts, Exploring Altcoins

Session 4 Thurs, June 13 The Metaverse, NFTs + DeFi, Getting Started with Crypto

Session 5 Tues, June 18 Unpacking Scams and Fraud

EXAM WINDOW JUNE 21-28

Advanced Investing
[On-Demand Only]

ON-DEMAND ONLY

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This course emphasizes vocabulary, content knowledge and NGPF resources for in Investing instructional use. Participants will build the foundational understanding of: the value of investing early and often, compound returns, and more.

CERTIFICATION COURSE SCHEDULE
Session 1 On-Demand Asset Allocation, Target Date Funds

Session 2 On-Demand Behavioral Finance, Bond Funds

Session 3 On-Demand Investing Pitfalls, Regulation of the Financial Markets

Session 4 On-Demand Investing Internationally, What Research Teaches Us

Session 5 On-Demand Hot Topics in Investing

ON-DEMAND MODULE DEADLINE JUNE 19 / EXAM WINDOW JUNE 21-28

Behavioral Economics
[On-Demand Only]

ON-DEMAND ONLY

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Educators will walk away with real-life examples of these biases along with ideas on how to overcome them. This content knowledge will prove helpful in educators' lives while also increasing their confidence to teach the unit.

CERTIFICATION COURSE SCHEDULE
Session 1 On-Demand Experiments, Cognitive Biases

Session 2 On-Demand Loss Aversion, Endowment Effect

Session 3 On-Demand Financial FOMO and Marketing Applications

Session 4 On-Demand Overconfidence, Confirmation Bias

Session 5 On-Demand Hedonic Adaptation

ON-DEMAND MODULE DEADLINE JUNE 19 / EXAM WINDOW JUNE 21-28

Career
[On-Demand Only]

ON-DEMAND ONLY

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In this course, participants will learn up to the minute trends regarding 21st century careers, including how to prepare for in-person and virtual interviews, curating a successful LinkedIn profile, finding a career path for success, and more!

CERTIFICATION COURSE SCHEDULE
Session 1 On-Demand Career Landscape, 21st Century Resumes

Session 2 On-Demand Online Networking, Alternatives to 4-year College

Session 3 On-Demand The Productive Gap Year, Joining the Military, Virtual Interviews

Session 4 On-Demand The Gig Economy, Automation, Soft Skills

Session 5 On-Demand Job Offers and Benefits

ON-DEMAND MODULE DEADLINE JUNE 19 / EXAM WINDOW JUNE 21-28

COHORT #45

SESSIONS

July 8 - 25

REGISTRATION

OPEN

EXAM WINDOW

Jul 26 - Aug 2

Live virtual courses offered:


Insurance

On-demand only courses offered:


Credit
Investing
Paying for College

NOTE: Cohort #45 is a 3-week cohort

 

Insurance

9-11am PT / 12-2pm ET

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This course will cover many facets of insurance from renters insurance, to homeowners insurance, to health insurance. Educators will walk away with a working knowledge of insurance types and forms.

CERTIFICATION COURSE SCHEDULE
Session 1 Mon, July 8 What is insurance?, Renters Insurance

Session 2 Thurs, July 11 Homeowners Insurance, Auto Insurance

Session 3 Mon, July 15 Health Insurance

Session 4 Thurs, July 18 Disability Insurance, Life Insurance

Session 5 Mon, July 22 Other Types of Insurance

EXAM WINDOW JULY 26 - AUG 2

Credit
[On-Demand Only]

On-Demand

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In this course, participants will explore major aspects of credit, loans, and debt management. We will also drill down on the complexities of the United States crediting system, common pitfalls, and current trends!

CERTIFICATION COURSE SCHEDULE
Session 1 On-Demand Credit Essentials, Debt Fundamentals

Session 2 On-Demand Credit Cards, Personal Loans and Predatory Lending

Session 3 On-Demand Trends in Consumer Credit, Auto Loans

Session 4 On-Demand Mortgages, Credit Reports & Scores

Session 5 On-Demand Identity Theft and Current Trends

MODULE DEADLINE JULY 25 | EXAM WINDOW JULY 27 - AUG 2

Investing
[On-Demand Only]

On-Demand

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This course emphasizes vocabulary, content knowledge and NGPF resources for Investing instructional use. Participants will build the foundational understanding of: the value of investing early and often, compounding returns, stocks and bonds, and more!

CERTIFICATION COURSE SCHEDULE
Session 1 On-Demand Compounding, Stock

Session 2 On-Demand Measuring Performance, Bonds

Session 3 On-Demand Behavioral Economics, Intro to Index and Mutual Funds

Session 4 On-Demand ETFs and Target Date Funds, Retirement Investing

Session 5 On-Demand Robo-Advising and Current Events

MODULE DEADLINE JULY 25 | EXAM WINDOW JULY 27 - AUG 2

Paying for College
[On-Demand Only]

On-Demand

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In this course, participants will investigate the financial aid process. Sessions will focus on college pricing, the role of the FAFSA, financial aid, 529 college savings plans, student loans, financial aid offers, student loan repayment, and more!

CERTIFICATION COURSE SCHEDULE
Session 1 On-Demand College Basics & Budgets, College Exploration Process

Session 2 On-Demand FAFSA Basics

Session 3 On-Demand College Savings Plans & Free Money, Student Loans

Session 4 On-Demand Financial Aid Packages, Loan Repayment

Session 5 On-Demand Alternatives to 4-year Colleges + Current Events

MODULE DEADLINE JULY 25 | EXAM WINDOW JULY 27 - AUG 2

COHORT #46

SESSIONS

Jul 29 - Aug 15

REGISTRATION

COMING SOON

EXAM WINDOW

Aug 16 - 23

TENTATIVE Live virtual courses offered:


Career
Cryptocurrency Basics

TENTATIVE On-demand only courses offered:


Banking & Budgeting
Consumer Skills

NOTE: Cohort #46 is a 3-week cohort