While education can take on many forms, for certification purposes, CSCM/CMAA Education is defined as a structured experience that enables the purposeful growth of the individual in the club management field, in a manner that can be assessed by CSCM. Credits are given for CSCM/CMAA/CMI-endorsed education programs and for CSCM/CMAA approved equivalents. At least one-half (50%) of the total education credit requirement for certification must come from CSCM/CMAA sponsored education programs.
The general rule is that one education credit is awarded for each full hour of instruction. For example, a program of 2.5 hours will earn attendees two education credits. When computing credits, time for breaks, meals and other non-instructional activities is excluded. The only programs for which fractional credits are awarded are the 90-minute CMAA World Conference or CSCM Annual Conference sessions for which 1.5 credits are awarded.
CSCM Webinars account for 2 Branch Education credits if participating as a Branch meeting OR 2 Association Activity credits if participating on own or as part of a club session. No credits for listening to recorded versions of webinar.
On an annual basis, all CSCM members will receive an online form entitled Professional Development Credit Verification Report. This will support the validation of member educational activities.
CSCM members may earn certification credits through various approved programs: academic programs, CSCM Branch / CMAA Chapter Education programs, CMI-approved workshops, national conferences, programs with specified allied associations (although there are limitations on maximum number of applicable credits), educational programs presented by designated Other Professional Organizations, other education credits from an accredited college or university, independent study (CMI-approved) courses, and other hospitality-related certifications and credentials.
A table depicting a summary of the allocation of education and association activity credits is available here for easy reference.
Education and other credits are assessed and tracked by the CSCM National Office, which collects credit reports from each CSCM Branch. Members must report any additional credits earned through programs outside CSCM or CMAA and provide the required supporting documentation. This documentation allows National Office to assess the appropriate number of credits earned and confirms attendance in outside programs.
CSCM has developed a customized module for the web site for tracking certification credits which will allow members to log on and view their credit history at any time. A link to the report is visible on the Members Only side of the web site once the member has logged on.
PLEASE NOTE: CSCM does not receive notification of any programs completed through CMAA such as BMI courses. CSCM members taking programs through CMAA are responsible for providing CSCM National Office with proof of completion of these courses once they have received confirmation from CMAA. The only exception is the annual CMAA Conference as CSCM does request credit reports from CMAA following the Conference.
While the National Office will make every effort to maintain an accurate record of each member’s certification credits, it is the responsibility of the individual members to keep track of education and experience credits they have earned. Members should check with their Branch Secretary and/or with the National Office to ensure that all credits earned are recorded. CSCM has developed a special module for this web site that allows members to view their progress towards certification, maintenance and designations beyond the CCM, as well as a detailed "transcript" itemizing all activities since registering. This is particularly helpful in preparing resumes!
Credits are tracked as follows: