More than 15 years ago, I decided to invest in my future (and my company’s as well) by taking the first steps into gaining my professional designation, signing up for NACM’s Business Credit Principles class. It was a great class. I had a wonderful instructor who brought a lot of different experiences to us. One of my fellow industry credit group members held the class in their conference room. There were 8 students and we all passed. This class started me on my path to my CCE.
This class also helped me build a network of contacts that I still keep in touch with today. Every course that I have participated in has other credit professionals just like me who are willing to share. They may not be in my industry, they may be new or very experienced but we all have one thing in common, we all have the common goal of building a better credit world.
During my service on the CMA Board, I have not been shy about expressing my strong support of the education arm of CMA and NACM. I believe every credit professional benefits from learning. Whether it is a seminar, webinar or a certification class, every member should further their education, especially considering how fast the credit world is changing.
Why have you not taken advantage of the NACM / CMA Education? Did you know that it only takes 3 classes and passing one test to achieve your Credit Business Associate (CBA)? It is easy, there is a button for that, right? You need to dedicate time, it is a commitment but the rewards are endless. As a credit manager with direct reports, I have encouraged my team to get their designations, and I prefer to hire credit managers who have theirs over ones who don’t.
I encourage you to take that first step on the road of growth, the road of certification, become a CBA or take that next seminar or webinar. I am confident you will not be disappointed with the outcome.
Melissa Kobus, CCE, is the Credit Management Association Chair and Regional Credit Manager for Anixter Inc., based in Anaheim, CA. She can be reached at 714-695-2219, or email@example.com