The Club Managers Association of Europe (CMAE) is encouraging club managers to apply for the first internationally recognised professional qualification for club managers in Europe before the deadline of 31st March.
The Certified Club Manager (CCM) qualification, which is set to become the global industry benchmark, is open to suitably experienced managers who aim to become the best in their business and wish to develop their careers.
Now, following the signing of affiliation agreements with 11 European organisations, including the national club managers associations of Sweden, Ireland and Spain, as well as the European Golf Course Owners Association, the new European CCM is available to more than 2,500 managers in 17 countries across Europe.
“Club managers in Europe have been asking for a high-quality, internationally recognised, professional qualification, so CCM will be of significant benefit to those managers who gain certification,” said Jerry Kilby, CMAE chief executive officer.
“The affiliation agreements we have signed with club managers associations across Europe will benefit managers by giving them affiliate membership of the CMAE, enabling them to earn credits towards CCM by participating in education programmes in their own countries. I would encourage the most experienced club managers across Europe to visit the CMAE website and return the registration form for CCM before March 31, the deadline for this year’s exam intake.”
Experienced club managers taking the CCM will attend the first CCM two-day review and examination on October 15 and 16, 2008, which focuses on ten key club management disciplines, including financial, leadership, facility, and food and beverage management.
The organisations that have signed affiliation agreements with the CMAE are:
• European Golf Course Owners Association
• Golf Management Association of Sweden
• Golf Management Association of Norway
• Finnish Golf Club Managers Association
• Irish Association of Golf Club Secretaries
• Belgian Association of Golf Club Secretaries
• Golf Club Managers Association of The United Arab Emirates
• Club Managers Spain
• Association of Golf Managers of Portugal
• The Private Clubs Alliance of Russia
• The Club Managers Association of America, European Chapter
There are approximately 10,000 clubs with professional managers in Europe, half of which are golf clubs, the remainder being sports, leisure, health and fitness clubs, plus city and dining clubs.
For more information about CCM and to download the registration form, visit: www.cmaeurope.org