Thank you to those of you who recently submitted an InFRE
volunteer application form. Many of you have indicated an interest
in volunteering but have questions regarding the time commitment and
responsibilities related to serving on the various subcommittees.
This article in the most recent issue of
Retirement InSights and Trends provides additional information about
subcommittees and will hopefully answer most of your questions.
As a reminder, the Board of Standards and Policy Development
(BOS), the policy-making and oversight body of Certified Retirement
Counselor® (CRC®) Certification, is currently accepting applications
for individuals interested in serving on the BOS or one of the
standing subcommittees. We have extended the deadline to
submit applications until November 30th.
In particular at this time, we are asking for volunteers to
help conduct the 2018 Certified Retirement Counselor®
(CRC®) Practice Analysis (Practice Analysis). Keeping the
Practice Analysis up-to-date is critically important to maintaining
a credible CRC® exam and to meet National Commission for Certifying
During the first quarter of 2018, InFRE will be forming a
team of 10-12 CRCs to serve on the Practice Analysis Task Force
(PATF). The PATF will make recommendations for updates and changes
to the CRC® Test Specification based on current trends and gaps that
may not have been addressed in the 2013 Practice Analysis
The focus of the PATF will be to
- Changes in the practice of retirement education since the
completion of the previous practice analysis
- Reflections concerning future directions in
- Areas missing from the delineation of domains, tasks, and
- Any knowledge essential to the delivery of services that
was not identified in the previous job analysis
Results of the Practice Analysis will be documented in a
technical report, submitted to the InFRE Board of Standards for
review, and published as an examination guideline for future CRC®
candidates. The key to a successful Practice Analysis study of
the retirement industry is having experienced and thoughtful
participants on the PATF from the CRC® certificant community.
PATF volunteers will receive ten hours of CRC®
continuing education credit and a waiver on the annual CRC® renewal
fees for two years.
If you are interested in
volunteering for the PATF or other standing subcommittees, please
download and complete the electronic InFRE Volunteer Application Form or fax the
completed form to 847-756-7350 on or before November 30,
The InFRE BOS benefits greatly from the
contributions of professionals and other stakeholders, and there are
many opportunities for CRC® Certificants to become involved with
furthering the work of InFRE in meaningful and rewarding ways.
If you have any questions about InFRE volunteer
opportunities, email Kirsten Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.