The National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA) has announced the first class of members who have met all the qualifications and have received their Certified Reverse Mortgage Professional (CRMP) designations. NMMLA's first round of CRMP designees include:
►Henrietta Belcher-Stack, reverse mortgage assistant vice president at WSFS Bank
►Clarence “Buck” Harbuck, Gulf Coast area sales manager for Financial Freedom
►Eric Kirschbaum, reverse mortgage manager for Cambridge Senior Capital
►Kenneth Klawans, president of iReverse Home Loans LLC, a subsidiary of Hopkins Federal Savings Bank
►Anissa G. Palmatier, a reverse mortgage consultant with PNC Reverse Mortgage LLC
►Eric Rittmeyer, president, Fidelis Mortgage
Each of the designees was required to have a minimum of two-years of experience in the reverse mortgage business and close at least 50 loans; take 12 hours of continuing education courses as well as NRMLA’s three-hour ethics course; pass a background check; and sit through a three-hour exam. The certification is valid for three years, during which time designees must sit for an additional 12 hours of continuing education per year to be re-certified.
“We were intent on creating a Certification that is rigid enough to demand the respect of professionals and government officials and the confidence of America’s seniors,” said Peter Bell, NRMLA president. “On behalf of the entire membership, we congratulate our inaugural designees all of whom, have demonstrated a deep understanding of the product and an eagerness to continually pursue additional education.”
“Through this process, I discovered a lot of things I wouldn’t otherwise have had the opportunity to learn,” said Palmatier. "What the underlying political reasons were in how they structured the reverse mortgage. What everyone else does in the process from beginning to end. My knowledge is much more comprehensive now which should give my borrowers much more confidence in me.”
The CRMP designation was created by an Independent Certification Committee comprising members of NRMLA that will administer the program, while working in concert with Professional Testing, Inc. For three decades, Professional Testing has developed more than 2,500 programs, administered over 1.2 million exams, and maintained licensure and professional certification examination programs for 125 occupations.
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