Key Benefits of Becoming a Certified Construction Manager (CCM)
iConnectEngineers® Conversation Series with Nick Soto, vice president of certification for the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA)
Those seeking to learn more about the Certified Construction Manager (CCM) program have the unique opportunity to gain insight from Nick Soto. Soto discusses how the recertification process leads to what every professional is looking for: more business, financial success and growth.
iConnectEngineers® recently invited Nick Soto from the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) to share information about the Certified Construction Manager (CCM) program. As the vice president of certification for CMAA, Nick has been with the organization for more than five years. During iConnectEngineers® Conversation Series, we asked Nick to tell us about the benefits of becoming certified and what it entails.
By iConnectEngineers® Editors: December 8, 2016
This conversation has been edited and condensed. To view the full conversation, click the video below.
Conversation highlights from the interview conducted by Stacey Phillips, a writer, blogger and editor with iConnectEngineers®:
Stacey: Can you tell us about the CCM program?
Nick: The CCM is recognized as the official designation for professional construction managers (CMs). It provides a level of competency and professionalism that helps identify the CM who has the experience and know-how about industry standards, best practices and latest trends.
Receiving the CCM is an indication of achieving the highest standards in construction management. When you see the CCM designation, you know that the CM has voluntarily met a prescribed criteria in regards to formal education, field experience and demonstrated the capability of having the CM body of knowledge.
Stacey: What are some of the benefits for construction managers who are considering getting certified in terms of advancing their businesses?
Nick: More and more owners are asking CMs to be involved in their projects. A growing number of organizations have adopted the culture of certification, requiring CCMs on their RFPs and RFQs. Some organizations provide financial and other recognition for achieving the credential.
A few years ago, the application process was streamlined and we’ve seen a tremendous growth and interest in the program because of that. The program has grown over 54% since 2011. Now there are more than 3,400 professionals who have earned the right to call themselves Certified Construction Managers.
What’s in it for the CCM? It increases their professional marketability; they are able to manage their experience and maintain their professionalism through the recertification process; and they enhance their professional network. All of these potentially lead to what every professional is really looking for: more opportunities, more options, more money and more growth.
Stacey: How can the Construction Manager in Training (CMIT) path help young CMs achieve their CCM certificate?
Nick: The CMIT certification program is really the gateway to the CM career path. CMAA’s view on the certificate program is that the CMIT is a stepping stone to becoming a CCM. It links you with the CCM as a mentor and helps provide that path towards becoming a professional CM. Whether you are a general contractor, recent graduate or subcontractor looking to start your career in construction management, the CMIT will show your supervisor or the organization that you are with that you are dedicated to become a professional CM.
Stacey: What sets this credentialed program apart from others in the industry?
Nick: The CCM is accredited by the American National Standards Institute, also known as ANSI. Less than 60 other credentials have been able to meet that standard. The accreditation ensures that we are fair, legitimate and is really the backbone of the credential. Many potential applicants always ask one of two questions:
- Why do I need this if I have a PE?
- What is the difference between this and the Project Management Professional certification?
(Nick discusses the differences in the video)
Stacey: What are the top reasons an industry professional should pursue certification?
Nick: Having the CCM behind your name really is about giving you that edge. It’s like wearing your resume on your shoulder. Because you have the CCM credential, you know longer need to worry about your boss and a new client asking you questions about the ability to lead a project. You have at least two references, you’ve passed the exam and you’ve signed the code of ethics.
Stacey: How can construction managers find out more information about the CCM program?
Nick: The easiest way to get information is on the website: www.cmcertification.org. We also offer a free webinar bimonthly where you can ask questions and obtain information on the benefits, procedures, eligibility and criteria.