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Certified Credit Examiner (CCE) 

Candidates for the CCE designation must provide evidence of the following:

  • Completion of a minimum of twelve (12) months of on-the-job service and training related to financial institution examination credit analysis and review.
  • Satisfactory completion of the following CSBS course offerings or their equivalent (courses submitted as equivalent will be considered on a case-by-case basis):
          - Course requirements for the COE designation, and
          - Credit Evaluation School 
  • Attestation of successful job performance and mastery of appropriate job-related skills by a superior within the candidate's organization. "Superior" is defined as an individual whose job classification is at the Examiner-in-Charge level or higher. All attestations shall be considered final once signed. Attestation as to a candidate's skill will be supported by a defined response form that outlines the necessary and appropriate skills. A high degree of reliance is placed on the attestation forms provided by the applicant's supervisor when granting certification. For that reason, the individual signing the form should be familiar with the applicant's experience, performance, and skills/abilities, and confident that the applicant meets all the requirements as noted on the form.

The attestation form addresses the following categories:

TECHNICAL - Provides effective and accurate evaluation of the credit activities of financial institutions by:

  • Effectively follows established examination procedures to collect and analyze data
  • Effectively reviews reports of examination for accuracy, content, conclusions, and proper grammar.

CONCEPTUAL - Provides effective and accurate evaluation of the lending activities of financial institutions by:

  • Develops correct conclusions and ratings of assets from collected data
  • Effectively follows established examination procedures to collect and analyze data
  • Develops correct conclusions from collected data.

LEGAL/COMPLIANCE - Effectively demonstrates knowledge of policies, procedures, laws, rules and regulations.

HUMAN RELATIONS - Provides effective oral and written communications by:

  • Effectively and clearly communicates assignments to assisting personnel
  • Effectively and clearly communicates with financial institution personnel to obtain information
  • Effectively and clearly communicates examination findings to financial institution and supervisory personnel
  • Effectively prepares written comments which are accurate, grammatically correct, logically arranged, and factually support any conclusions drawn.


Every three years, certified examiners are required to submit 63 continuing education hours (CEHs) in order to renew a CCE certification. If an examiner exceeds this requirement, up to 14 CEHs may be carried over into the new three-year term. Continuing education should be selected with the goal of maintaining, improving, or expanding the examiner's knowledge, skills, and abilities.