Finding Ethical Professionals
In an effort to assist seniors with finding ethical professionals they want to do business with, The Society of Certified Senior Advisors (SCSA) has created a CSA Locator. The Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) Locator is an online resource that offers two easy ways to search for Certified Senior Advisor professionals. The first way to search for a CSA is by location. Upon entering a zip code, seniors can locate Certified Senior Advisor professionals according to their profession and they can also search within a 25 to 250 mile radius. The second option of locating a CSA is by name. Upon entering the professional’
The Society of Certified Senior Advisors is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Ed Pittock, President of SCSA, states that the “NCCA accreditation means that the process used to assess a Certified Senior Advisor’s knowledge about aging has been independently measured and verified. This will allow the seniors that they serve to have confidence in the CSA professionals that they are working with.” The NCCA is a non-profit organization that ensures the health, welfare and safety of the public through certification programs. At the Society of Certified Senior Advisors, professionals who have earned the CSA designation have:
• Passed the CSA exam: candidates for the CSA designation must pass a comprehensive exam that covers, but is not limited to, financial, legal, social, physical, and mental aspects of aging. An educational course covering these topics is also available.
• Completed continuing education requirements:
• Adhered to strict ethical standards: SCSA, through an independent third party, enforces the compliance of the CSA Code of Professional Responsibility, ensuring that competent, honest, fair, and trustworthy standards are adhered to by all CSAs.
• Passed a background check: every CSA must pass a thorough background check to ensure that they are of excellent character and without a record of professional mis-conduct.
Through the CSA course, Certified Senior Advisors are able to better understand how to build effective relationships with seniors. In return, senior citizens are able to trust that the Certified Senior Advisors that they are working with have been held to the strict ethical and educational guidelines required by the Society of Certified Senior Advisors.
SCSA’s mission is to educate professionals to work more effectively with their senior clients. For those who work with seniors, this means understanding the key health, social and financial factors that are important to seniors—and how these factors work together. CSAs are able to integrate this into their professional practices, no matter what field they’re in. They’ve learned how incredibly gratifying it is to help seniors achieve their goals, and the seniors they’ve worked with have learned how important it is to work with someone who truly understands their age-related circumstances. For more information about SCSA and its educational course, please visit www.csa.us
Erica Ananich, SCSA
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SCSA educates professionals to work more effectively with their senior clients. That means understanding the key health, social & financial factors that are important to seniors — so you can find success in the senior market.