Frequently Asked Questions

These are questions we are asked frequently. For more detailed information or to ask us a question, please drop us an email at [email protected]

Why is a Certification important to have?

It's a stamp of excellence: a certification tells your referral partners and clients that you are well-qualified and that you take your career seriously. Investing in your knowledge and education demonstrates a commitment to your profession and that you are willing to invest time and money into your success. 

Certification keeps you current: One of the most important reasons to get certified is that it helps you stay ahead of the competition. If you truly want to succeed in the divorce lending industry, you need to stay current in all regulations that affect your position. Always keep learning and you'll have a knowledge base that will make you an asset far into the future.


What continuing education is required to maintain the CDLP certification and why is it necessary?

1 Hour of continuing education is required each year to maintain an active CDLP Certification. CE is offered directly by the Divorce Lending Association and includes industry updates from family law, to tax changes to guidelines.

The CE requirements are mandated to ensure that CDLPs are current on changes that will affect their divorcing clients. We do not believe in 'one and done' programs as these types of programs ultimately fail the participant and clients.


How long does the online course take to complete?

Please allow at least 12 hours to completely get through the online modules and study guide. The CDLP certification test is available once you have completed the last module. There is a lot of information to cover and the learning process should never end. 


What is the difference between the online and live courses?

There is no difference in content as both options cover the same information. We offer both delivery options as a matter of preference and convenience for our participants.


Is there a membership or ongoing fees required?

No, there is no membership required to the Divorce Lending Association. We only require that you maintain an active CDLP certification through continuing education classes to ensure you are up to date and able to best serve your divorcing clients.


What is included in my membership to the Divorce Lending Association?

There are lots of benefits offered to you from the  DLA. You will be included in the CDLP Member directory for public searches; access to course updates and continuing ed; discounts to other industry associations and organizations, access to industry webinars and interviews, updated job aides, press releases and more.


Do you help with marketing or coaching my new divorce lending practice as a CDLP?

We have offer both for the successful CDLP candidate. We have an enormous library available of marketing collateral you can personalize. We have updated and current educational presentations for you to present to your target audience and much more. 

We also offer a coaching program which includes a semi-monthly group call. The coaching platform is a great way to stay up on instant changes, opportunities as well as connect with other CDLPs, interviews with family law attorneys, divorce financial planners and more. 

We do not do any marketing for you. Building your divorce lending practice is not a sale and marketing game. It is about educating your referral partners why you as a CDLP bring value to the professional divorce team.


How current is your material?

The material in the CDLP course is updated regularly and multiple times per year to include any industry changes of significance. When there is any type of an update, all current CDLPs are notified of the changes so they are kept informed and up to date to better service their referral partners and clients.


What job aides do you have for me?

We have put together some amazing job aides as quick reference tools. For example - Waiting Periods to Count Child Support or Alimony FHA/VA/Fannie/Freddie/USDA - May sound simple, but you'd be amazed at the information it contains.


What if I have a question during the course or after I have become a CDLP?

We are here to help you succeed! If you have questions during the course or scenarios we can help you with while working with a divorcing clients simply reach out to us via email or on the phone. We want to be your resource and help you succeed.


Is your program for real estate agents?

The Certified Divorce Lending Professional (CDLP) course is for mortgage professionals. We have a sister organization, the Divorce Real Estate Institute, which offers the most complete divorce real estate education for real estate professionals available.


What's the difference between a "certification" and a "designation"?

These terms are usually used interchangeably, even though some credentialing organizations may try to create artificial distinctions between them. The key is to look for strong education supported by ongoing requirements: does the mark require experience as a prerequisite and continuing education and adherence to a strong ethical code, and can the credential be removed if participants are not compliant.


Have a question that we didn't answer? Please send us an email and we will gladly respond. [email protected] 


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