Become NGPF Certified in specific personal finance topics for FREE!

Certification Courses are NGPF’s most in-depth professional development format. Each course combines 10 hours of live virtual sessions focused on a core personal finance content area with a 1-hour assessment exam. These courses are 100% FREE, and 33 States and Washington, DC accept them for State CEUs.

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 signature and online resume

Deepen your understanding of a specific personal finance topic

Receive NGPF Academy credits and swag

Earn Continuing Education Credits, if eligible in your state

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

 

NGPF CERTIFICATION AT A GLANCE

WEEK 1-2

Attend two 2-hour sessions of live course each week

WEEK 3

Attend 1-hour live course and 1-hour optional review session.

EXAM

  • 1-hour self-paced exam
  • Become certified with an 80% or better
  • Retakes are permissible in future exam windows. 

 

Register for the upcoming cohort:


NEED TO MAKE UP A SESSION OR WANT TO ATTEND A REVIEW SESSION?

Click here to register for individual sessions to make-up missed sessions from a PREVIOUS cohort or to attend a review session before the next exam window.

COHORT #24

SESSIONS

Jun 27 - Jul 13

REGISTRATION

CLOSED

EXAM WINDOW

Jul 15 - 22

Course topics offered:

Banking & Budgeting
Career
Cryptocurrency Basics
Insurance
Paying for College
 

Paying for College

7am - 9am PT / 10am - noon ET

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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!

WEEK 1
SESSION 1
Mon, Jun 27
SESSION 2
Wed, Jun 29
WEEK 2
SESSION 3
Wed, Jul 6
WEEK 3
SESSION 4
Mon, Jul 11
SESSION 5
Wed, Jul 13
EXAM
WINDOW
Jul 15 - 22

Career

9:30am - 11:30am PT / 12:30pm - 2:30pm ET

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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, curate a successful LinkedIn profile, find a career path for success, and more!

WEEK 1
SESSION 1
Mon, Jun 27
SESSION 2
Wed, Jun 29
WEEK 2
SESSION 3
Wed, Jul 6
WEEK 3
SESSION 4
Mon, Jul 11
SESSION 5
Wed, Jul 13
EXAM
WINDOW
Jul 15 - 22

Cryptocurrency Basics

7am - 9am PT / 10am - noon 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.

WEEK 1
SESSION 1
Tues, Jun 28
SESSION 2
Thurs, Jun 30
WEEK 2
SESSION 3
Tues, Jul 5
SESSION 4
Thurs, Jul 7
WEEK 3
SESSION 5
Tues, Jul 12
EXAM
WINDOW
Jul 15 - 22

Insurance

9:30am - 11:30am PT / 12:30pm - 2:30pm 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.

WEEK 1
SESSION 1
Tues, Jun 28
SESSION 2
Thurs, Jun 30
WEEK 2
SESSION 3
Tues, Jul 5
SESSION 4
Thurs, Jul 7
WEEK 3
SESSION 5
Tues, Jul 12
EXAM
WINDOW
Jul 15 - 22

Banking & Budgeting

Noon - 2pm PT / 3pm - 5pm ET

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

WEEK 1
SESSION 1
Tues, Jun 28
SESSION 2
Thurs, Jun 30
WEEK 2
SESSION 3
Tues, Jul 5
SESSION 4
Thurs, Jul 7
WEEK 3
SESSION 5
Tues, Jul 12
EXAM
WINDOW
Jul 15 - 22

COHORT #25

SESSIONS

Jul 18 - Aug 2

REGISTRATION

CLOSED

EXAM WINDOW

Aug 5 - 12

Course topics offered:

Behavioral Economics
Credit
Cryptocurrency Basics
Investing
Psychology of Money
 

Credit

7am - 9am PT / 10am - noon ET

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

WEEK 1
SESSION 1
Mon, Jul 18
SESSION 2
Wed, Jul 20
WEEK 2
SESSION 3
Mon, Jul 25
SESSION 4
Wed, Jul 27
WEEK 3
SESSION 5
Mon, Aug 1
EXAM
WINDOW
Aug 5 - 12

Investing

9:30am - 11:30am PT / 12:30pm - 2:30pm ET

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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!

WEEK 1
SESSION 1
Mon, Jul 18
SESSION 2
Wed, Jul 20
WEEK 2
SESSION 3
Mon, Jul 25
SESSION 4
Wed, Jul 27
WEEK 3
SESSION 5
Mon, Aug 1
EXAM
WINDOW
Aug 5 - 12

Cryptocurrency Basics

Noon - 2pm PT / 3pm - 5pm 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.

WEEK 1
SESSION 1
Mon, Jul 18
SESSION 2
Wed, Jul 20
WEEK 2
SESSION 3
Mon, Jul 25
SESSION 4
Wed, Jul 27
WEEK 3
SESSION 5
Mon, Aug 1
EXAM
WINDOW
Aug 5 - 12

Psychology of Money

7am - 9am PT / 10am - noon ET

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We will be using Morgan Housel’s Psychology of Money as the foundational text. This course incorporates key concepts from the book and extends them with videos, articles and podcasts.

WEEK 1
SESSION 1
Tues, Jul 19
SESSION 2
Thurs, Jul 21
WEEK 2
SESSION 3
Tues, Jul 26
SESSION 4
Thurs, Jul 28
WEEK 3
SESSION 5
Tues, Aug 2
EXAM
WINDOW
Aug 5 - 12

Behavioral Economics

9:30am - 11:30am PT / 12:30pm - 2:30pm ET

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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.

WEEK 1
SESSION 1
Tues, Jul 19
SESSION 2
Thurs, Jul 21
WEEK 2
SESSION 3
Tues, Jul 26
SESSION 4
Thurs, Jul 28
WEEK 3
SESSION 5
Tues, Aug 2
EXAM
WINDOW
Aug 5 - 12

COHORT #26

SESSIONS

Aug 8 - 23

REGISTRATION

OPEN

EXAM WINDOW

Aug 26 - Sep 2

Course topics offered:

Banking & Budgeting
Behavioral Economics
Career
Insurance
 

Behavioral Economics

7am - 9am PT / 10am - 12pm ET

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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.

WEEK 1
SESSION 1
Mon, Aug 8
SESSION 2
Wed, Aug 10
WEEK 2
SESSION 3
Mon, Aug 15
SESSION 4
Wed, Aug 17
WEEK 3
SESSION 5
Mon, Aug 22
EXAM
WINDOW
Aug 26 - Sep 2

Insurance

Noon - 2pm PT / 3pm - 5pm 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.

WEEK 1
SESSION 1
Mon, Aug 8
SESSION 2
Wed, Aug 10
WEEK 2
SESSION 3
Mon, Aug 15
SESSION 4
Wed, Aug 17
WEEK 3
SESSION 5
Mon, Aug 22
EXAM
WINDOW
Aug 26 - Sep 2

Career

9:30am - 11:30am PT / 12:30pm - 2:30pm ET

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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, curate a successful LinkedIn profile, find a career path for success, and more!

WEEK 1
SESSION 1
Tues, Aug 9
SESSION 2
Thurs, Aug 11
WEEK 2
SESSION 3
Tues, Aug 16
SESSION 4
Thurs, Aug 18
WEEK 3
SESSION 5
Tues, Aug 23
EXAM
WINDOW
Aug 26 - Sep 2

Banking & Budgeting

Noon - 2pm PT / 3pm - 5pm ET

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

WEEK 1
SESSION 1
Tues, Aug 9
SESSION 2
Thurs, Aug 11
WEEK 2
SESSION 3
Tues, Aug 16
SESSION 4
Thurs, Aug 18
WEEK 3
SESSION 5
Tues, Aug 23
EXAM
WINDOW
Aug 26 - Sep 2

Frequently Asked Questions

Will Certification Courses affect my NGPF Academy credits for the 2022-23 School Year?

Yes, NGPF Certification Courses will count towards your Academy Credits for the 2022-23 school year for those eligible. NGPF Academy is intended only for teachers and educators to reach a multitude of students. Finance professionals and homeschool educators are welcome to attend our professional development offerings but will not receive Academy Credits. 

To learn more about NGPF Academy, click here.

 

What can I expect for the NGPF Certification Exam?

Length 30 Questions 

Duration 60 Minutes. Once you start the exam, the timer cannot be paused. There will be a timer on the upper right side of the page.

Exam Window You will have a specific time period (usually 48 hours) in which you will need to start and complete the exam. You can view specific exam window end times by looking at your exam invitation email and clicking the link.

Exam Format Multiple choice (with use of open notes).

Scoring You will see your results immediately after completing the exam. A passing grade is 80%. If you pass, your NGPF PD Certificate will be available in your NGPF Academy Profile within 7 business days.

  

The exam window has opened and I still haven't received my exam invite email, what can I do?

If you have attended all 5 sessions of a specific course you will receive an exam invite via email the day the exam window opens. If you have not received this email, please email certifications@ngpf.org and include an alternative email that we can send the exam invite to.

 

Can I re-take the exam if I miss the exam window or score less than an 80% and do not pass?

Yes, you can! We will send you an exam link during the next exam window to try again.

 

Can I complete more than 1 Certification at a time?

Yes, you can! You must register for each separately.

 

I am going to miss a session, what can I do to make it up?

If you miss a session and would like to register for a single session make-up in a future cohort please register using the make-up links document.

 

If I miss a session, can I still take the Exam?

No, you will need all 9 hours of Certification Course content before becoming eligible for the Exam!

 

How are CEU/PD credits processed after completing a certification course?

When you take the exam, you will be asked to provide your state and state ID# if applicable (necessary for MI, PA, and WY). When you provide this information at the time of the exam, your CEUs are automatically processed by NGPF following your state's specific guidelines. We have outlined the process for each state in our Guide to State PD Credits.

 

Do I have to renew my NGPF Certification yearly?

No! We do not recommend attending a course you have already completed in previous years unless we have shared that the course has been completely updated and revamped.