About Us

About Us

Who We Are, What We Do

Online learning makes smarter consumers.​

The Consumer Education Council of North America (CECNA) is a not-for-profit membership organization headquartered in Northern Virginia, USA. CECNA was founded in 2020 by veteran consumer journalist James R. Hood.

Our mission is to inform and educate consumers. That is our only mission. We are a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible.

We are located at:

1900 Campus Commons Drive Suite 100 – 60 Reston, VA 20191 IRS #85-1693241

703 359-6800

News & information

Through our websites serving the United States and Mexico we provide consumer news, resources and information. Our content is free of charge, does not contain advertisements and is completely non-partisan. We represent consumers. No one else.

Certified Expert

CECNA’s Certified Expert program trains consumer advisors, customer service representatives (CSR) and others who routinely come into contact with consumers who are seeking information about products and services.

Other activities

CECNA also produces training programs in more general areas, including Truth in Lending, advertising regulation, warranties, product safety and federal and state consumer protection laws.

Additionally, CECNA publishes educational material including websites, email newsletters, webinars and videos for its member companies and for consumers.


CECNA is governed by a Board of Directors elected to three-year terms.


CECNA is funded through corporate memberships, through fees charged for its training and certification programs, newsletter subscriptions and through donations. Corporate members and sponsors are eligible to participate in training and certification programs and are CECNA’s partners in working towards corporate social responsibility and compliance with relevant legal and regulatory standards.