Requirements for Eligibility to Take the CCM Exam
• 200 credits (a minimum of 100 must be from CMAA [CMI or chapter] Education, at least 25 of which must be earned at the chapter or regional level)
Association Activity Credits:
• 50 credits
• 50 credits (Education, Association Activity or Experience).
• 300 credits
Eligibility Requirements Include Completion of One of the Following Certification Tracks:
Attainment of a four-year hospitality degree from a college/university (150 Education credits):
• Attendance at one CMAA World Conference with attendance at a minimum of four education sessions.
• Active membership status in CMAA for a minimum of three years.
• Successful completion of a minimum of two CMAA/CMI pre-approved workshops.
• Successful completion of BMI III.
Attainment of a four-year non-hospitality degree from a
college/university (90 Education credits):
• Attendance at one CMAA World Conference with attendance at a minimum of four education sessions (See Note 4).
• Active membership status in CMAA for a minimum of four years.
• Successful completion of a minimum of four CMAA/CMI pre-approved workshops.
• Successful completion of BMI II and BMI III.
Less than a four-year degree or no degree attained
• Attendance at one CMAA World Conference with
attendance at a minimum of four education sessions
(See Note 4 below.).
• Active membership status in CMAA for a minimum of five years.
• Successful completion of a minimum of six CMAA/CMI pre-approved workshops.
• Successful completion of BMI I, BMI II and BMI III (See Note 5 below.).
NOTE 1: The 25 chapter/regional Education credit requirement is waived for CMAA international members (those not residing within an established chapter area). Only CMI Education credits can be substituted.
NOTE 2: Chapter Education credits in excess of the 25 required can be used to satisfy the Association Activity requirement provided they are not needed to satisfy the 200 Education credit requirement. The CMAA Chapter Education Requirement is waived for CMAA international members. Only CMI credits can be substituted.
NOTE 3: The accrual of credits for club management experience ended as of March 31, 1991. Experience credits earned prior to that date and submitted before December 31, 1991, count toward the 300 total credit requirement for certification as well as the requirements for Honor Society and the MCM designation. They do not count toward the Education or Association Activity credit requirements for certification.
NOTE 4: Assistant managers who have completed all other CCM eligibility requirements and have been unable to attend one CMAA World Conference will be permitted to substitute 50 or more additional CMAA Education credits (CMI and/or chapter) for attendance at a World Conference. Attendance at Assistant Club Manager Conferences or attendance at a World Conference as a student member does not satisfy the CMAA World Conference requirement.
NOTE 5: The BMI I requirement is waived for managers who have earned an associate degree in a hospitality course of study from an accredited college or university, successfully completed the Air Force Basic Club Managers Course or have completed the ClubCorp Star University program.
The Certification Process
How to apply for certification:
1. File the Certification Petition Form provided by CMAA together with the non-refundable petition fee of $75. A Certification Petition is included in each CMAA Yearbook and can be found on page 27 of this brochure.
2. Members need not have completed all of the eligibility requirements before submitting a petition, but they should be reasonably close to completing all of the requirements before petitioning.
3. Members claiming Education credits for college education must include an official final college transcript (not a copy of the degree or diploma) with the petition unless a transcript has previously been submitted to CMAA National Headquarters.
4. The petition is reviewed at the National Headquarters to ensure eligibility requirements have been met.
5. The applicant will be notified by mail of approval or disapproval of the petition. If approved, the candidate is notified of the cost, date, time and procedure to follow for taking the examination.
How Much Does it Cost?
A non-refundable $75 administrative fee is required to file the petition. If eligible to sit for the exam, an additional $150 registration fee will be charged to cover the cost of the exam. For members who have to take the exam more than once, there will be a $95 charge for each retest. These fees are subject to change at the discretion of the CMAA Board of Directors.
Preparing for the Exam
For CCM candidates desiring an in-depth review of the nine competency areas of club management, the Certification Review Course is offered twice a year. This concentrated five-day course is given at Georgia State University in Atlanta each November and during the five days immediately before each World Conference on Club Management at the Conference site. At both locations, the CCM exam is given on the day following completion of the course.
Candidates choosing not to take the Certification Review Course may have the exam administered by a proctor at a college or university near the individual’s home or club. Suggestions for making arrangements for a proctored exam are included with each candidate’s response to his/her Certification Petition.
The final requirement for certification is to pass the CCM exam. To pass the exam requires an overall score of 70 percent or higher, with a score of 50 percent or higher on each of the nine parts of the exam. The exam consists of 400 objective questions covering the following nine competency areas: Private Club Management, Food and Beverage Operations, Human and Professional Resources, Management, Marketing, Accounting and Financial Management, External and Governmental Influences, Building and Facilities Management and Golf/Sports and Recreation Management. Candidates who do not pass the exam on the first attempt are limited to two attempts in any 12-month period.
Scheduled dates for the CCM examination vary from year to year. As a general rule, the exam will be given during the World Conference (at the Conference site and locally) on the first Monday in May and August and in November after completion of the last BMI III course for the year. The following exam dates have been scheduled: