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Facilitating Growth in a Changing Industry Landscape

Continuous learning is a necessity for professionals in the servicing and mortgage industry. With this in mind, the Five Star Academy (FSA), a Five Star Institute brand, recently launched a learning platform with independent certification programs and courses written by experts from the housing and mortgage industry.

“The objective of the Five Star Academy is to provide relevant, timely, and actionable education tailored for professionals of all levels servicing the mortgage industry. We expect these certifications to not only contribute to the careers of those who complete the coursework, but to the overall progress of the industry as a whole,” said Ed Delgado, President, and CEO of the Five Star Institute in a statement released recently.

Covering a wide range of topics from regulatory compliance and legal practice to diversity and inclusion, and distressed asset disposition, these courses cover a wide range of topics in an easy-to-use online format.

“FSA provides the latest instruction, presented by subject matter experts, in a manner that allows you to become certified while you simultaneously continue with your profession and with your personal life—it’s a no-brainer,” said Michelle Gilbert, Managing Partner, Gilbert Garcia Group.

According to Clint Welser, VP, Laudan Properties, these courses are an excellent reference point for real estate and lending professionals who want to learn more about legal and regulatory topics.

“As the real estate, banking, and servicing industries become increasingly more complex, it’s great to have the resources that the Five Star Academy provides at the ready. Certifications such as these, help set professionals apart from their peers about an ever-evolving industry,” Welser said.

Each program contains eight courses, with each certification equivalent to 20 credit hours of relevant material. Currently, FSA offers three ways in which an individual can pursue a certification. They include independent coursework where professionals can pick and choose the courses most applicable to their business and then revisit or pursue other coursework as needed; obtaining a certification when they complete all courses within a program; and completing all certification courses to obtain a Master Certification from FSA.

“These courses enable you to learn from top industry professionals about many things that you may need to be sharper on. Often, agents learn the most from other agents. Five Star Academy is a place where the entire industry can learn from each other and make that happen for all of us,” said Jim Hastings, Broker/Owner, Hastings Brokerage.

To enroll or learn more about the courses offered by FSA, click here.


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