March 11, 2013
Written By: Lisa Russell
New learning tracks and the evolution of professional designations are part and parcel for keeping up with the varying and progressing needs of today’s business professionals, including those in credit. After a review of existing programs, and careful consideration and development, NACM announced in March the latest in a long line of world-class program designations: The Certified Credit & Risk Analyst (CCRA).
The CCRA is unlike NACM’s other longtime designation programs in that it is a standalone program. It exists outside of NACM’s “Career Roadmap” that includes the Credit Business Associate (CBA), Credit Business Fellow (CBF) and Certified Credit Executive (CCE), the latter of which is still NACM’s top-level designation for members.
The CCRA was created after Financial Statement Analysis II was removed from the CBF designation, with the new requirements effective January 1, 2013. NACM’s Education Department updated the extracted course and renamed it Financial Statement Analysis, Interpretation & Credit Risk Assessment to better reflect its emphasis. The updated version is now considered by NACM to be the cornerstone of the CCRA.
“We realized that Financial Statement Analysis II wasn’t for everyone, and that it served as a bit of a roadblock to the CBF for some members. However, we also recognized that some credit department personnel need that in-depth, advanced financial analysis background, which is why this standalone designation was created,” said NACM President Robin Schauseil, CAE.
As with other designation courses, Financial Statement Analysis, Interpretation & Credit Risk Assessment can be completed alone as a certificate session. However, earning the CCRA requires the completion of three courses: Basic Accounting, Financial Statement Analysis I and the new Financial Statement Analysis, Interpretation & Credit Risk Assessment. The methods available to complete each course vary and can be found under “Education” at www.nacm.org. The first opportunity to take Financial Statement Analysis, Interpretation & Credit Risk Assessment is a five-segment session and exam held at Credit Congress from May 18-23.
Though separate from the “roadmap” lineup of certifications, the CCRA will serve as key program for credit professionals tied to deeper financial analysis responsibilities and for those who will be in the future. It is also designed to build background and add key skill sets for those pursuing a designation path already in play.
“If you’ve earned your CBA and want, or need more financial analysis skills, this is for you,” Schauseil said. “It’s a great precursor to the CCE even though it’s not a part of the NACM career roadmap. It’s also a great precursor for NACM's Graduate School of Credit and Financial Management.”
This story was provided by NACM National and was included in the weekly eNews.
October 15, 2012
Written By: Maggie Bessenbacher
In mid-September, I was in Seattle for the annual CFDD conference. If you aren’t familiar with NACM’s Credit and Financial Development Division, this is a group that is committed to developing tomorrow's business leaders through core offerings.
While the intent of the CFDD conference is to provide education and networking opportunities, which is similar to NACM’s annual Credit Congress, there are a few differences.
There are pros and cons to these differences. No vendors means no hounding phone calls when you get back to the office. Fewer people mean the overall experience is a little cozier, a little more manageable and a little less intimidating. The registration price is easier to sell to those who approve your expenses.
However, none of this impacts the quality of the experience. There is very good education and networking opportunities the two days of the conference. For example, some of the educational topics included:
There are networking opportunities throughout both days as well. Lunches are perhaps on of the most valuable networking experiences. At each lunch you are assigned a table to sit at. When you sit down for lunch you do not know anyone at your table. By the time lunch is over you know seven new people who work in credit, where they are from and what type of industry they work in.
Of course, no conference is complete without some social time, and the evenings are designed to be fun. The first evening they held a networking social and silent auction. CFDD prides itself on the scholarships they provide for members. Overall, CFDD chapters and CFDD National have awarded 171 scholarships at a total value of $50,867 over the last year, bringing the cumulative total from 1990 to 2012 to 7,416 scholarships worth $1,623,889. This year CFDD awarded 63 scholarships in the amount of $24,613.
The closing night party always has a theme. This year’s theme was Margaretville and they encourage people to dress according to the theme. You never know what you will see. This year the CFDD Kansas City Chapter (of which I belong) dressed up as pink flamingos. If you would like to see a picture of this let me know and I will embarrass myself and send you one. The closing night party also includes a Dessert Auction to help the scholarship fund.
If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, we’ll keep you posted about next year’s event, which is scheduled for the third week of September in Albuquerque.
September 5, 2012
Written By: NACM Heartland
The NACM National Education Department is making a change to the CAP/ACAP program. They are eliminating the second Financial Statement Analysis course from the CBF designation requirements, and requiring only the two law classes, Business Law and Credit Law.
Financial Statements: Interpretation and Credit Risk Assessment has been an important class to many NACM Heartland members over the years. It has allowed credit professionals to dig deep into the numbers and get a better understanding about their company and how the decisions they make impact the bottom line.
This change does not go into effect until January 1, 2013, so anyone taking the CBF exam before then will need to this class. In addition, NACM National believes this course is important enough to offer on its own, and it will be available at least online going into the future.
If you have any questions, please contact Maggie Bessenbacher at 888.222.1447.