Notaries and their employers in a variety of industries are increasingly are relying on the National Notary Associations Trusted Notary Program to assure customers that their notarizations are conducted professionally, ethically and as securely as possible. The program assures employers that their Notaries are following the standard of care being demanded by the public as well as state administrators.
Courts also are beginning to hold businesses responsible for the actions of their Notary employees. So employers now must make sure their Notary employees follow the requirements of state law and broadly accepted notarial principles, an assurance that the program provides.
One of the biggest casualties of the economic crisis has been consumer confidence, and businesses across a wide spectrum of industries are turning to professional certification programs to help rebuild public trust. Government agencies, too, are refocusing their licensing and oversight priorities on professional standards.
For example, the Fair Mortgage Collaborative a real estate industry group has launched a campaign to certify participating lenders as safe, fair and free of predatory lending practices. To date, 21 financial institutions with annual mortgage originations of $520 million have been certified. On the government side, the California Board of Accountancy which oversees and licenses the states 81,000 accounting professionals has revamped its continuing education requirements to place ethics at the forefront of the profession. In order to have their licenses renewed, California accountants now will have to complete four hours of continuing education on professional ethics.