A member of the bar and a settlement planner has claimed in advertising legal and insurance services that he is "board certified" by the National Structured Settlement Trade Association and that "he earned his "board certification" and the designation of Certified Structured Settlement Consultant (CSSC) from the University of Notre Dame".
To claim that the CSSC means that the settlement planner is "board certified" is misleading at best. When a consumer hears the words "board certified" what does that imply?
As published in the NSSTA 2007 overview of the program, the Certified Structured Settlement Consultant Designation is a professional designation, NOT A BOARD CERTIFICATION, offered by the National Structured Settlement Trade Association (NSSTA) in conjunction with the Executive program at the University of Notre Dame.Candidates do not matriculate at University of Notre Dame-they spend approximately 4 days there. To qualify for the CSSC designation candidates must be members of NSSTA, successfully complete an on and off campus course of study culminating in a comprehensive examination covering such topics as insurance casualty claims practice, state and federal laws pertaining to tort settlements, medical reversionary trusts, special needs trusts, macroeconomics, the art of negotiation and business ethics.
It is a shame that this very bright and otherwise highly qualified individual has chosen to engage in needless false advertising.
This author has written several articles on the use of professional designation of Certified Structured Settlement Consultant and what it means. Simply click on the titles to access the material.
- Do You See Yourself As A Certified False Advertiser? December 5, 2007
- 4 Days in The Vicinity of Touchdown Jesus Doesn't Make You One of The Fighting Irish October 18, 2007
- NSSTA 2007 overview of the CSSC program