Not Just For Salespeople: Becoming a Certified Small Business Finance Professional

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Certified Small Business Finance ProfessionalIts aim is to become an industry standard. The newly launched Certified Small Business Finance Professional (CSBFP) program will first become available at Broker Fair in New York City on December 6th.

But what’s the difference between this one and others? Steve Denis, Executive Director of the Small Business Finance Association (SBFA), says that his organization’s backing of the CSBFP makes all the difference.

“We’re the largest trade group in the space without question,” Denis said, adding that the group has about 30 members, several of which are among the largest in the country.

“It’s going to be a signal that you’re doing things the right way and want to go out of your way to show that you are doing things the right way,” Denis said.


The certification will require applicants to complete a course centered on understanding products, laws governing the industry, and compliance. The certification exam will focus on testing applicants’ ability to understand key concepts and best practices.

This course is designed to be taken in person. While it will be available at Broker Fair, Denis said that they plan to partner with other events as well.

SBFA“We’re going to focus on as many in-person training sessions as possible,” he said.

And it’s not just salespeople they’re targeting. Underwriters, collectors, support staff, and more are not only all welcome to obtain their certification, but are also encouraged.

“It’s open to anyone in the industry,” Denis said. “The more the better. […] It will send a very strong message that there is a diverse group of people that want to take a certification and take it very seriously.”

In the official announcement, it was stated that it would be more than just a stamp and that certified professionals would also be provided with “a way to connect, learn and grow beyond the initial education process.”

Denis compared the CSBFP standard to CFPs (Certified Financial Planners) in the financial advisor space.

Attendees of Broker Fair 2021 can take the course at the event at no extra charge.

Last modified: November 23, 2021
Sean Murray

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