CLE Designation

Become a Certified Lending Expert

"We are happy to announce the first validation program for financial institutions. The CLE program is the first of its kind!  We sincerely believe that regulatory agencies, members and senior management will love the idea that the loan officer is certified in lending and recieved all the necessary training to make the most qualified decision possible.  You will not find this program anywhere else."                  Rex Johnson, LSCI President & Founder

In order to deliver the best value, employees must become the "elite of the elite".  Providing staff with this unique educational opportunity shows the commitment your credit union has to both its employees and owners.

The gateway to having competitive advantage begins with the Certified Lending Expert (CLE) designation.  This is the industry's first designation for lending, developed by Lending Solutions Consulting, Inc. (LSCI).  The CLE is a partnership between LSCI and California Southern University, where online Advanced Lending and financial-based college courses are offered to earn the designation.

The CLE designation requires two WASC accredited courses to be taken online at California Southern University (current tuition rates apply).  One or both courses can be selected from the course list below.  One elective may also be selected from the broader set of business courses under "Electives" also below (more information at 

  • Introduction to Banking
  • Principles of Lending
  • Lending in Consumer and Corporate Markets
  • Management in Banking and Financial Services



Consumer Behavior
Compensation Management
Business Statistics
Business Information Systems
Macro Economics
Micro Economics
Career Management and Personal Marketing
Leadership Theory and Practice
Leadership Communication


Financial Institutions
Behavioral Corporate Finance
Organizational Behavior
Capital Markets
Human Resource Management
Statistical Analysis
Strategic Management
Management of Change


Two courses taken at CalSouthern, coupled with the ALI Online course and its final exam, complete the requirements your CLE designation from Lending Solutions Consulting, Inc.

For more information on these California Southern University courses, click on the link below or contact Kristen Glenn at (800) 477-2254 ext. 2173, or Emma Jones at (800) 477-2254 ext. 4255,

Information on courses at California Southern University

For more information on the CLE program and Advanced Lending Institute, contact Valerie Lentz at (877) 915-7675 x63.  Get started with the Advanced Lending Institute by registering below:

Register for the Advanced Lending Institute