CSSCS stands for “Certified in Social Security Claiming Strategies”.  Any reference to the full title of the designation must be written exactly this way.  A designee may use the full title as long as it is preceded or followed immediately by the designation with the designation or title in parenthesis as appropriate to the context.  Other than immediately after a name as a professional designation presented as part of the designee’s full name, upon first use any editorial material the designation must be used with the full title.

Acceptable examples:

“CSSCS” (Certified in Social Security Claiming Strategies), John holds the CSSCS (Certified in Social Security Claiming Strategies (CSSCS) designation.

“Certified in Social Security Claiming Strategies (CSSCS)”, John holds the Certified in Social Security Claiming Strategies (CSSCS) designation.

NOT acceptable:

Certified CSSCS

Certfied in CSSCS

CSSCS Certified

Social Security Certified

Certified in Social Security Claiming Strategies (by itself without the designation as above)

CSSCS (or separately “Certified in Social Security Claiming Strategies”) is not a job title but a professional designation.  A designee may NOT use the phrase “Certified in Social Security Claiming Strategies” as a job title on a business card or in any marketing material.

For example the following NOT acceptable:

John A. Doe, CSSCS

Certified in Social Security Claiming Strategies

Acceptable:

John A. Doe

Certified in Social Security Claiming Strategies (CSSCS)

John A. Doe

CSSCS (Certified in Social Security Claiming Strategies)

The CSSCS designation by itself does not grant a right to market or claim any particular specialty or expertise.  Specific claims of a specialty or expertise in Social Security Claiming Strategies and “comprehensive” retirement income planning should be supported independently by other means including professional work experience, tenure and/or specific job duties and job title granted by an employer.  It should be noted that any claim of title of “specialist” or “expertise” in certain areas subjects a designee to a higher standard of professional behavior and scrutiny from the Board, compliance supervision and regulators.

Designees may NOT use the following or similar words in connection with, adjacent to or in contextual reference with the CSSCS designation or title:

Expert

Specialist