by John Darer CLU ChFC MSSC CEFT RSP CLTC
The National Structured Settlements Trade Association ("NSSTA") has announced that the 2011 NSSTA CSSC Certification Program will be held at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana from November 30 - December 4, 2011. CSSC stands for Certified Structured Settlement Consultant. This author has held the designation since 1995.
Those who complete the CSSC curriculum of more than 80 hours of classroom and study followed by a comprehensive exam, earn the oldest professional designation available to structured settlement professionals. In 2009 the Registered Settlement Planner program was created as an alternative or compliment to the CSSC, with a greater focus on settlement planning.
Keep in mind the CSSC Program is the NSSTA CSSC Program and NOT the University of Notre Dame CSSC program or Notre Dame University CSSC Program as is currently and unfortunately misrepresented by a number of structured settlement brokers. The designation is awarded by NSSTA and simply hosted at University of Notre Dame. The Mendoza College of Business master calendar for 2010 listed the education program as the NSSTA CSSC.
Remember that 4-5 Days in the vicinity of "Touchdown Jesus" Would Not Make You One of The Fighting Irish. Nor does it make your structured settlement broker. Nevertheless the CSSC designation is a valuable credential for prospective clients of structured settlement brokers as it represents the measurement of a fundamental body of knowledge essential to success in the structured settlement field.