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Examiner Certification

About the Examiner Certification Program (ECP)

The CSBS Examiner Certification Program offers eighteen designations in bank safety and soundness, mortgage, and specialty areas. The Program is open to all state bank examiners who meet the qualifications for training and work experience.

Eligible Participants

Participation in the Examiner Certification Program (ECP) is open to all state bank examiners who meet the qualifications for training and experience. Participation in the ECP is strictly voluntary. Refer to the Participant Handbook for details of all ECP processes, procedures, fees, and governance.

To Apply

Overview: An applicant should review all requirements of the designation for which he/she is applying before beginning the process. Visit the site for Safety & Soundness, Mortgage, and/or Specialty certifications on the left-hand menu to view detailed requirements for all available ECP credentials. Applicant and supervisor will be required to submit a signed Applicant/Supervisor Agreement (see ECP Documents on the right) before final application review may be completed.

Online: The online application process is the easiest and most secure way to apply for ECP certification. To begin the process online, request account setup by sending the applicant's name and email address, and the name and email address of his/her supervisor, to certification@csbs.org. Both parties will receive a welcome email containing login information, demo video, and other pertinent information.

Paper: Paper applications are also available at the Downloadable and Printable Forms tab on the left of this page. A completed paper form should be emailed to certification@csbs.org or sent by regular mail to Rose Shaheen, CSBS Education Foundation, 1129 20th Street NW, Ninth Floor, Washington, DC 20036.

Recertification: In order to maintain certification, ECP participants are required to complete continuing education hours over the three-year certification term (40 for specialty credentials, 63 for all others). Please consider your ability to meet this critical requirement before applying for certification.

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Safety and Soundness Certifications

Safety and Soundness Acceptance of Equivalent Certification

An examiner who has attained certification from another state or federal agency and/or association in related skills may apply for consideration of equivalent certification in the CSBS Examiner Certification Program. An abbreviated application form is available for an applicant requesting consideration under equivalent certification criteria. Please call Rose Shaheen at 202-728-5710 for more information.

Safety and Soundness Recertification

Participants will be required to provide evidence of the successful completion of a minimum of 63 continuing education hours (CEHs) over the three year certification period; at least seven CEHs must be completed each year. Nontraditional credit for speaking, authoring, teaching, etc., count as continuing education.

Mortgage Certifications

Mortgage Designation Recertification

Participants will be required to provide evidence of the successful completion of a minimum of 63 continuing education hours (CEH) over the three year certification period; at least seven CEHs must be completed each year. Nontraditional credit for speaking, authoring, teaching, etc., count as continuing education.

Specialty Certifications

Recertification

CSBS Examiner Certification Program participants will be required to provide evidence of the successful completion of continuing education hours (CEH) over the three year certification period; at least seven CEHs must be completed each year. Check your designation description for specific CEH requirements. Nontraditional credit for speaking, authoring, teaching, etc., count as continuing education.