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10 Steps to Becoming a Certified Mortgage Consultant

Updated on September 26, 2011

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Mortgage professionals are under increasing pressure to keep up with regulatory and other changes in the industry while providing the highest level of service to existing customers and meeting their business-development goals. One way to show you're up to the task is by earning professional certifications such as those offered by the National Association of Mortgage Brokers. NAMB's highest level designation, Certified Mortgage Consultant, tells clients and colleagues that you're a highly knowledgeable, well-qualified professional who upholds high ethical standards.

Step 1


Gain at least five years of experience in the mortgage industry.

Step 2


Earn at least 100 qualifying points through work experience, continuing education, college courses, professional certification and through industry leadership and participation.

Step 3

Download and complete a Certified Mortgage Consultant application from the NAMB website.

Step 4

Make copies of your diplomas and course certificates showing your name, the date you completed the program, the name of the program, the name of the program provider and the number of credit hours you completed.

Step 5

Submit your application, the certificate and diploma copies and your application fee to NAMB, as instructed by the application material.

Step 6

Register online for your exam after you receive notification from NAMB that it has accepted your application.

Step 7

Use the registration confirmation NAMB sends upon receipt of your registration to schedule your exam according to the confirmation's instructions.

Step 8

Prepare for the exam by reviewing general mortgage industry topics, ethics issues, insurance, legal topics and residential and commercial financing.

Step 9

Sit for your exam at the exam center where you're scheduled for testing.

Step 10

Wait for your exam score and pass/fail notification immediately following the exam.

Helpful Hints

25 of the 100 points -- five years' worth at five points per year -- must be from industry work experience; 30 points -- one per credit hour for 30 credit hours -- must be from continuing education.

You can use your Certified Mortgage Consultant designation immediately after passing the exam, although documentation of your certification won't arrive for up to 10 business days.

Your certification is valid from the date you pass the exam through December 31 in the third year following your passing date. For example, if you pass your exam on June 1, 2011, your certification remains valid through December 31, 2014.

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