What is the CCM?


The Certified Club Manager (CCM) designation is awarded based on a process that utilizes club management competencies to establish the requirements for an examination that tests a club manager’s skills and knowledge.  The CCM provides a means of recognition that an individual has achieved a certain level of competency based on standards set by the profession.

In many professions, a successful career is marked by an appropriate degree of professional development, verified by a credible certification program and recognized by both the public and one’s peers. With society in general and clubs in particular in constant flux, it is imperative that club managers commit to continuing education and life-long professional and personal development. Learning, sharing and growing within a dynamic profession is one of the keys to a successful career.

The Certified Club Manager (CCM) designation was launched by the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) in 1965.  CSCM adopted the program in 2000 and launched it a few years later.  Now recognized internationally, the CCM is a professional certification that acknowledges the unique skills and special knowledge required of today's club manager.  CSCM is recognized by CMAA as a "Tier One Partner" within the global certification community.  As such, it is committed to complying with the standards for education and the requirements for achieving the designation set by CMAA within the Canadian context.

The core competencies established for the club management profession are based on extensive research conducted by the CMAA and were verified once again through a study recently conducted to confirm the currency of these competencies.  They are:

  • Club Governance
  • Food and Beverage Management
  • Accounting and Financial Management
  • Human and Professional Resources
  • Leadership
  • Membership & Marketing
  • Golf, Sports and Recreation Management
  • External and Governmental Influences
  • Facilities Management
  • Interpersonal Skills

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Certification Maintenance

All CCM designations will be valid for a period of five years.  With the exception of Alumni or Honourary members,  CCM's are required to earn at least 120 credits, at least 60 of which must be education credits, during the 5-year period following their certification (or most recent recertification) to maintain their CCM designation. 

Special Offer from CMAA for CCM Graduates

CSCM members who have achieved the CCM and are required to meet the maintenance requirement every 5 years are offered a complimentary education program registration for a CMAA Conference once within each five year period. This offer is in addition to a similar offer for those completing a BMI course.

CSCM provides and updates the list of Canadian CCM grads to CMAA to track. CMAA will issue a special link to CSCM in advance of each conference and CSCM will send it out to the members for them to register.