NACM Member Spotlight: Designations Create Opportunities
NACM's Professional Certificate Program creates countless opportunities for credit professionals who seek growth in their careers. For example, if you apply to a managerial or supervisory position, companies want to know if you have the experience to back up the qualities needed to stand out. A candidate who has an NACM designation may be more likely to get a position over someone who does not have credentials to support their expertise.
Nathan Burnett, CBA, credit analyst at The Sherwin-Williams Company (Atlanta, GA), said his journey to earning the CBA was inspired by his supervisors. "My supervisor completed his CBA and explained how several opportunities opened up for him once earning the designation," said Burnett. "In my current role, I run credit reports and oversee best business decisions for our customers. I was 100% able to take what I learned from those courses and apply them to what I'm doing now."
Preparation for exams is one of the most important parts of the course, Burnett added. "Listening in on the review course provided through the NACM's website was a huge help because I retain most information through audio learning."
Earning a designation is a great way to show off your hard work. "It shows you've mastered not only credit business principles, but basic financial and managerial accounting principles as well," Burnett said. "It's always beneficial to have a certification on your resume when it comes to a promotion as well. You want to stand out amongst other candidates and put the skills you've learned to work."
We'll be back next week with another member spotlight. Until then, you can visit NACM's Professional Certificate Program for more information about each designation.