Two Fife based PGA Golf professionals Anthony Caira and Michael Braidwood have recently tested their knowledge and experience in club management by sitting an exam, which has resulted in the pair being awarded the globally recognised and much coveted Certified Club Managers designation (CCM).
After many years in a variety of club management positions, Caira who is the PGA Professional at Kirkcaldy Golf Club and Braidwood who is the Operations Director of St Andrews based Braemar Golf Developments ( exporting golf management and advisory services) both entered the Club Managers training program in November 2012.
Scottish Golf Club Development Manager Kevin Fish commented on their pairs success “Both Anthony and Michael have thrown themselves into the Management Development Program hosted by SGU & SLGA, and to pass this particular exam before the full MDP education pathway is available is an incredible feat which shows just how much knowledge they have gained at the coal face of club management over many years.”
Commenting on his success Caira said: “I am delighted to have passed. I am continuously upgrading my education to stay at the top of my profession. To add the CCM to my PGA Director of Golf status is a great honour and I now feel equipped to tackle any golf industry challenge”.
Braidwood commenting on his success said: “It was recommended to me a couple of years ago to ‘walk the talk’ and get the official qualification to go with my managerial experience. I am delighted that I enrolled on the CMAE Management development program. It has been extremely educational and I am delighted to have passed the CCM exam.”
Braemar Golf’s Managing Director, Keith Haslam, added “We are delighted for Michael and it is recognition of the hard work he has put into achieving this MDP as well as the experience and expertise he adds to Braemar Golf and our clients. I would also like to congratulate Anthony, who I have known for some while and his commitment to education and improving himself is outstanding.”
The CMAE has been in existence for over 12 years, and is now successfully mirroring their American counterparts (CMAA), in the creation of an effective education pathway for club managers. In 2011 CMAE launched the Management Development Programme (MDP) throughout Europe encouraging club industry leaders to enhance their education with the ten core competencies of the modern club manager. To date over 300 club managers have attended the MDP programme, with over 30 now achieving the globally recognized Certified Club Manager status(CCM).