CMA Trains 400 At IWF 2012 Seminars

By Dave Grulke | Posted: 08/27/2012 11:48AM

 

Dave Grulke Cabinet Makers Assocation custom woodworkDave Grulke MILWAUKEE, WI - Nearly 400 custom woodworking shop owners and managers, industry professionals and suppliers attended its inaugural expanded educational sessions at IWF in Atlanta last week. These seminars and classes are part of the CMA’s new professional certification program.

We’ve obviously struck a chord within the woodworking industry With most of the attendees at our IWF live sessions coming from outside the CMA’s membership, it seems the executive level management training we are offering is very much needed and desired by shop owners and managers. Considering this program didn’t exist a year ago, we’re absolutely elated with the response on this brand new education and credentialing program.”

Tracy Yarborough, the CMA's newly elected president, says “The CMA began this process with its own membership in mind. After we began gathering the curriculum we saw the value in the information and wanted to provide this program to all professional cabinetmaking and woodworking shops. While a good portion comes from our own members and their experiences from the world of hard knocks, we’ve also tapped into experts from inside and beyond the woodworking world to provide this education.”

The CMA’s professional certification program is designed to provide in depth education on management perspectives of running the entire custom woodworking business. Successful applicants from a variety of roles in managing a woodworking enterprise (from foreman level and up to senior managers and owners) will exhibit either advanced knowledge or expert knowledge in a variety of topics before a certification is awarded to them at either of the two levels offered.

It certifies the individual, not the business or the products they make, and provides the knowledge needed to own and operate an ethical, sustainable and profitable woodworking business. This program is a cohesive set of educational sessions with a goal of attaining a valuable acknowledgement of one’s accomplishments in the form of a professional designation. It provides an independent credential for successful enrollees that will become an industry benchmark in the very near future. We invite industry participation in using educational materials they may have already developed for CMA accreditation.

Course work now completed and coming on line (curriculum sessions) will be in excess of 50 hours of sessions at both the junior and master levels. While the CMA’s certification program doesn’t require attendance at any particular curriculum session, it does require that an enrollee passes an omnibus test at the end. The knowledge needed to pass the test is contained in the curriculum sessions. It also requires a commitment from each enrollee to attend a minimum of 4 hours per year of CMA continuing education units (CEUs) from the time they first enroll.

All CMA professional certification program curriculum and CEU sessions delivered at IWF are being converted from live sessions to live webinars that will be scheduled for open participation starting in Fall 2012. Once webinars are completed, they will be recorded so that anyone wishing to attend these sessions will have 24/7/365 access to them. That way, an enrollee can learn at their own pace at times that are convenient to them, while paying for session fees as they go. Watch for future announcements of these and more sessions at the CMA website, in the CMA e-newsletters and in the trade press.

One is not required to be a CMA member to participate in and earn CMA professional credentials. There is, however, a two tiered pricing schedule where CMA members enjoy substantial discounts on annual fees, curriculum and CEU course fees and all other costs of the program.

To stay current and relevant, as with any kind of quality professional educational program, the CMA is constantly evaluating and re-evaluating its course offerings and invites industry participation in development and review of its material. If you’d like to assist in our efforts in course development, course review and teaching or delivering content to live and webinar audiences, please contact Dave at the CMA office.

Here's a linnk to the CMA’s professional certification program.

 


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Dave Grulke

Dave Grulke is executive Director of the Cabinet Makers Association, formed by cabinet shop owners to provide a national voice and presence for the small cabinet shop.

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