Overview

Next Gen Personal Finance deeply values the professional development of Educators across the country. NGPF now offers an NGPF Certification for Educators on specific Personal Finance topics, free of charge! 

 

TO BECOME NGPF CERTIFIED YOU MUST:

Successfully complete the 10 hour course for one content area [ex. Banking & Budgeting]
  • 9 hours of Professional Development (4 two hour sessions, 1 one hour session) and a 1 hour course exam.
Pass the exam with an 80% or better
  • You do not have to register in advance for the exam, a link will be sent to you the day before the exam window if you are eligible
  • You may retake the exam in future exam windows if needed.

Register for Upcoming Courses

Courses will be held over a 5 week period in efforts to accommodate fall schedules. Each course will have a single 2-hour session per week, culminating in 10 total hours. Exams will be taken during the exam window. 

Upcoming Courses

Cohort #7: November 2nd - December 10th

NOTE: Some NGPF Certification Courses overlap in time.

Please do not register for sessions that conflict in their timing.

Behavioral Finance

When it comes to personal finance, knowledge is not enough. Ultimately, it's behaviors that matter. In this Behavioral Finance course, we will explore the psychology at work when it comes to financial decisions we make, from shopping online to investing in the stock market to buying a car. We will also discuss the importance of habits and strategies we can implement to improve our financial decision-making.

 

Behavioral Finance Cohort #7 [November 2nd - December 10th]

 

Mondays

4pm - 6pm PT

7pm - 9pm ET

11/2/20 - Session 1 of 5

11/9/20 - Session 2 of 5

11/16/20 - Session 3 of 5

11/30/20 - Session 4 of 5

12/7/20 - Session 5 of 5

 

OR

Thursdays

2:30pm - 4:30pm PT

5:30pm - 7:30pm ET

11/5/20 - Session 1 of 5

11/12/20 - Session 2 of 5

11/19/20 - Session 3 of 5

12/3/20 - Session 4 of 5

12/10/20 - Session 5 of 5

Exam Window

December 11th - 14th

Credit

In this course, participants will walk through the major aspects of credit, loans, and debt management. We will start with an overview of the history of credit from a cross-curricular lens. Then we will build our foundation of credit essentials as we move towards the complexities of the United States crediting system, common pitfalls, and current trends!

Credit Cohort #7 [November 2nd - December 10th]

 

Wednesdays

1pm - 3pm PT

4pm - 6pm ET

11/4/20 - Session 1 of 5

11/11/20 - Session 2 of 5

11/18/20 - Session 3 of 5

12/2/20 - Session 4 of 5

12/9/20 - Session 5 of 5

 

OR

Thursdays

4pm - 6pm PT

7pm - 9pm ET

11/5/20 - Session 1 of 5

11/12/20 - Session 2 of 5

11/19/20 - Session 3 of 5

12/3/20 - Session 4 of 5

12/10/20 - Session 5 of 5

Need to make up a session from a previous cohort? Click here.

 

Exam Window

December 11th - 14th

Investing

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, compounding returns, stocks and bonds. We will also focus on mutual funds, index funds, getting started as an investor, behavioral finance and current topics in investing.

Investing Cohort #7 [November 2nd - December 10th]

Mondays

4pm - 6pm PT

7pm - 9pm ET

11/2/20 - Session 1 of 5

11/9/20 - Session 2 of 5

11/16/20 - Session 3 of 5

11/30/20 - Session 4 of 5

12/7/20 - Session 5 of 5

Need to make up a session from a previous cohort? Click here.

 

Exam Window

December 11th - 14th

Paying for College

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, alternatives to college, and current events. Participants will gain content knowledge as well as resources to use with students in the classsroom.

Paying for College Cohort #7 [November 2nd - December 10th]

 

Tuesdays

2:30pm - 4:30pm PT

5:30pm - 7:30pm ET

11/3/20 - Session 1 of 5

11/10/20 - Session 2 of 5

11/17/20 - Session 3 of 5

12/1/20 - Session 4 of 5

12/8/20 - Session 5 of 5

 

OR

Thursdays

4pm - 6pm PT

7pm - 9pm ET

11/5/20 - Session 1 of 5

11/12/20 - Session 2 of 5

11/19/20 - Session 3 of 5

12/3/20 - Session 4 of 5

12/10/20 - Session 5 of 5

Need to make up a session from a previous cohort? Click here.

 

Exam Window

December 11th - 14th

Taxes

This course will deep dive into the content needed necessary to prepare our students to understand the basics of taxes, the role of taxes in our everyday lives, and the role of taxes in the lives of our students.

Taxes Cohort #7 [November 2nd - December 10th]

 

Mondays

1pm - 3pm PT

4pm - 6pm ET

11/2/20 - Session 1 of 5

11/9/20 - Session 2 of 5

11/16/20 - Session 3 of 5

11/30/20 - Session 4 of 5

12/7/20 - Session 5 of 5

 

OR

Wednesdays

4pm - 6pm PDT

7pm - 9pm EDT

11/4/20 - Session 1 of 5

11/11/20 - Session 2 of 5

11/18/20 - Session 3 of 5

12/2/20 - Session 4 of 5

12/9/20 - Session 5 of 5

Need to make up a session from a previous cohort? Click here.

 

Exam Window

December 11th - 14th

Banking & Budgeting

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, Types of Savings Accounts, Negotiating for a Car and more!

The NGPF Banking & Budgeting Certification Course will not be offered during Cohort #7 [November 2nd - December 10th]

Insurance

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.

The NGPF Insurance Certification Course will not be offered during Cohort #7 [November 2nd - December 10th]


Future Cohort(s)

CERTIFICATION COURSE FALL COHORT #8
COURSES OFFERED: TBD
SESSIONS: January 4th - February 12th
REGISTRATION: TBD
EXAM WINDOW: February 12th - 15th
CERTIFICATION COURSE FALL COHORT #9
COURSES OFFERED: TBD
SESSIONS: February 15th - March 26th
REGISTRATION: TBD
EXAM WINDOW: March 26th - 29th
CERTIFICATION COURSE FALL COHORT #10
COURSES OFFERED: TBD
SESSIONS: March 29th - May 7th
REGISTRATION: TBD
EXAM WINDOW: May 7th - 10th

*Courses will be held over a 5 week period in efforts to accommodate fall schedules. Each course will have a single 2-hour session per week, culminating in 10 total hours. Exams will be taken during the exam window.

 


Frequently Asked Questions 

   

 Will Certification Courses affect my NGPF Academy credits for the 2020-21 School Year?

Yes! NGPF Certification Courses will count towards NGPF Academy! Each session will count towards your NGPF Academy credit count. In addition you will receive 1 hour of NGPF Academy credit when you pass the exam!

As an added bonus to your Certification, your NGPF Academy account will house the badges you have earned by completing an NGPF Certification Course! Collect them all!

In addition to that awesome NGPF swag, you will also receive Amazon gift cards as you complete 10 hour increments of PD (we will retain the mystery of the swag).

 

To learn more about NGPF Academy, click here.

What can I expect for the NGPF Certification Exam?

The Exam Length

  • 30 Questions 

Exam 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

  • Passing grade is 80% 

Can I complete more than 1 Certification at a time?

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

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!

Do I have to renew my NGPF Certification yearly?

No! However your Certification will be dated and, just like any other Certification, getting it renewed ensures you have the most up-to-date credential and content knowledge.