Member Spotlight Blog: Learn to Protect Company Assets
NACM's Professional Certification Program gives credit professionals an opportunity to use their knowledge and skills to their advantage. Whether advancing your career, expanding your knowledge on basic information or even learning completely new skills, earning designations help credit professionals with career growth.
Earning designations are not limited to those who are new to the industry. Terri Michelle Kelly, CCE, CCRA, senior credit manager at Mansfield Service Partners South (Gainesville, GA) has been in the profession for nearly 26 years, and recently earned her Certified Credit and Risk Analyst (CCRA). Kelly said she not only wanted to advance her career but gain additional resources to provide to her employer. "My employer benefits from this because it helps me continue to protect their assets even better," Kelly said. "It was a win-win for not only me, but for the company as a whole."
Certifications and designations provide benefits for your company and your customers. Acquiring them demonstrates credibility and professionalism in the credit. "It also says the company I work for is holding me to a professional standard as well," Kelly added. "I think it gives confidence to internal and external customers knowing I'll give them excellent care and that's important as well."
Once Kelly learned about the certification program, she felt the need to pursue her CCRA. In her journey of obtaining the CCRA, she was able to take the Financial Statement Analysis II: Credit and Risk Assessment class in person at NACM's 127th Credit Congress earlier this year. "I met a lot of wonderful people and have a sense of community with the other credit managers who also took their class there and got a bit of networking and support as well," Kelly said. "I loved what NACM had to offer so much that I earned my Certified Credit Executive (CCE) one month later."
For more information about each designation within NACM's Professional Certification Program, visit our website.