Professional Education

NACM's Six Levels of Certification

The CBA is an academic-based designation which signals mastery of three business credit related disciplines: basic financial accounting, business credit principles and introductory financial statement analysis. There is no minimum work experience requirement and the NACM Career Roadmap is not required for this designation.

The CBF is an academic and participation-based designation which illustrates that achievers are knowledgeable about and have contributed to the field of business credit by first having earned the CBA designation, as well as having completed additional course work. The CBF signals competence in business law and credit law. CBF designation applicants must also accumulate Career Roadmap points.

The CCE is NACM’s highest designation that endorses its achievers as capable of managing the credit function at an executive level. Candidates must meet minimum professional and educational standards as well as accumulate Career Roadmap points. Candidates must be proficient in the areas of accounting, finance, domestic and international credit concepts, management and law. CCEs are required to recertify every three years, further signifying their commitment to continuing education, self-improvement and the advancement of the business credit profession.

The CCRA is an academic-based designation which signals mastery in the analysis and interpretation of financial statements and the ability to make informed credit risk assessments. There is no minimum work experience requirement and the NACM Career Roadmap is not required for this designation.