Odessa and CLFP Foundation Collaborate to Drive Innovation in Certification Program

Industry leaders building self-service training and education for the equipment finance sector

February 25, 2020

Odessa, a leader in equipment leasing solutions, has partnered with the Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation to expand industry training in the equipment leasing and finance sector globally.

The CLFP Foundation has been delivering excellence in upskilling the industry for 35 years, bringing together experts across leasing law, accounting and tax, origination and servicing, and sales and marketing to develop their ‘body of knowledge’. The last three years have shown exponential growth, driving the number of individuals sitting for the exam each year from 133 to 297 – and delivering a total of nearly 900 active CLFPs today.

To be better positioned for scale, Odessa and the CLFP Foundation are launching a new, robust online portal where industry professionals now have the opportunity to self-serve – taking part in enhanced training and education and accessing necessary resources for their growth. The portal will also aid in reducing administrative efforts for the non-profit, eliminating time-consuming manual tasks through automation.

Today’s announcement includes the following new service:

  • Online Re-Certification is delivered in the cloud, integrated with a seamless payment gateway, to efficiently manage the annual re-certification activity of certification holders. CLFPs may now complete their learning, test, payment and commitment to giving online.

“We are delighted to work with Odessa to be able to benefit from their expertise in self-service enablement through technology,” said Reid Raykovich, Executive Director of the CLFP Foundation. “Industry members increasingly want to the ability to customize their learning schedules and programs. Odessa’s experience and technical capabilities will be a valuable resource for us as we continue to modernize and evolve our offerings.”

“Learning and development has always been a key focus area for Odessa, and we continue to invest in new solutions and partnerships to enable our teams and customers,” said Keelie Fitzgerald, Senior Vice President, Marketing at Odessa. “This partnership with the CLFP Foundation is an example of our commitment to the industry and its stakeholders as they are navigating their own transformation journeys. Enterprises will significantly benefit from the CLFP offerings being available for self-service consumption.”

Learn more about the Online Re-Certification from today’s announcement here.

About CLFP

The CLFP designation identifies an individual as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customers, and peers in the equipment finance industry. There are nearly 900 active Certified Lease & Finance Professionals and Associates in the United States, Canada, Australia, and India. For more information, visit

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