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160 Funeral Professionals Have Earned New NFDA Certified Crematory Operator Designation in 2014
For Immediate Release: July 21, 2014
Brookfield, Wis. – The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) Certified Crematory Operator (CCO) Program is off to a strong start in 2014. The CCO designation has been conferred on 160 funeral professionals to-date this year; they join the 131 funeral directors who earned the designation after the program launched in September 2013. As the profession's recognized certification seminar, the NFDA CCO Program offers a unique perspective from the funeral director's point of view.
FAMIC Unveils New Have the Talk of a Lifetime Workbook
Posted: July 21, 2014
NFDA is proud to support the Funeral and Memorial Information Council's (FAMIC) national consumer education campaign, Have the Talk of a Lifetime, and encourages you to get involved. This campaign will help consumers understand that every life is special and worthy of remembering with a meaningful funeral or memorial service. With your help, the campaign will be successful and we will begin to change consumer attitudes toward memorialization. FAMIC recently unveiled a new 14-page workbook that will help families in your community to "have the talk" with their loved ones.
Update: Social Security Office Changes
Posted: July 18, 2014
Late last year, the Social Security Administration announced that, as of February 1, 2014, its field offices would no longer offer Social Security number (SSN) printouts and benefit verification information. However, the SSA recently changed the initial date of implementation to October 1, 2014, to help the public adjust to this change and to allow additional time to conduct outreach and provide education to our customers on the alternative, more convenient services that it offers. SSA field offices will continue to provide benefit verification letters until further notice.
FTC Halts Internet ‘Yellow Pages’ Scammers
Posted: July 18, 2014
New Federal Trade Commission (FTC) actions have stopped three Montreal-based telemarketing operations that allegedly bilked millions of dollars from small businesses, churches, nonprofits and local government agencies by charging them for unwanted listings in online "yellow pages" directories. In addition, a federal court has entered a judgment and order against another Montreal-based directory scam in a case brought by the FTC last year.
Preplanners: The NFDA CPC Program is Coming to Virginia
Your next opportunity to earn the only national certification for preplanners, the NFDA Certified Preplanning Consultant (CPC) designation, is August 21-22, in Ashland, Va. The application deadline for this certification seminar, which is being hosted by the Virginia Funeral Directors Association, is July 31.
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