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  • CCE - Certifying the Profession Wednesday, October 10, 2018

  • Introductions

    Linda Rabe, CCE, IOM, President & CEO

    Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce

    CCE Commission Chair

    Matt McCormick, CCE, IOM, President

    Columbia Chamber of Commerce

    CCE Commission Chair-Elect

    Crystal Moore, CAE

    ACCE Vice President, Professional Development &

    Convention

  • This session will cover

    • What

    • Why

    • Who

    • When

    • How

  • The CCE Certification Process:

    The Purpose

    A CCE designation represents the highest achievement in the

    chamber management profession.

    • A mastery of the chamber profession Body of

    Knowledge

    • Commitment to the chamber profession

    • Dedication to managerial excellence

    • Leadership within the community and the chamber

    profession

  • Why Get Your CCE ? • Test your own knowledge and skills

    • Elevate your personal and professional status

    • Connect with peers committed to chamber excellence

  • Why Get Your CCE ?

    • A visible mark of excellence in the chamber profession

    • Increase credibility with your peers, members, board and community

    • Advance your career and compensation

    • Raise the standards of the chamber profession

  • Who Qualifies?

    • Six years of senior-level management at a chamber

    • Some of this experience (up to 4 years) may be satisfied by senior-

    level experience. The commission chair makes case-by-case

    decisions on CCE eligibility.

    • Minimum of 175 professional development points

    • Applicants must be currently employed in chamber

    • Chamber does regular yearly financial reviews (for at least the

    last 3 years)

    • Can provide 2 most recent years’ financial reviews for the

    chamber, including 1 year of audited statements

    • Chambers with revenue $500,000+

    • Conduct an annual review by a certified financial firm

    • Conduct an audit every other year

    • Chambers with revenue under $500,000

    • Conduct an annual review by a certified financial firm

    • Conduct an audit every three years

  • When to Apply

    • When you meet the requirements – 175 points

    • When you can present on a significant chamber project or initiative in which you had a major role

    • When you can focus on preparation

    • When your chamber has completed the necessary financial review and audit requirements

    2019 DEADLINE: January 7, 2019

  • CCE Certification Process

    The Five Steps

    1. Application

    2. Essays

    3. Oral Presentation/Interview

    4. Exam

    5. Maintenance

  • CCE Certification Process

    The Five Steps

    Step One – The Application

    ✓Application – with 175 activity points

    ✓Supporting documentation

    ✓Available at ACCE.org/cce

    ACCE.org/cce

  • CCE Application Guidelines Available at ACCE.org/cce

    ACCE.org/cce

  • How to earn points See www.acce.org/cce

    • Education

    ✓ Associate, bachelor’s, graduate degrees or courses –

    range 3 – 30 points each

    • Continuing Education

    ✓ ACCE Conventions – 5 pts

    ✓ State or regional conferences – 3 pts

    ✓ ACCE conferences or eCourses – 3 pts

    ✓ Webinars – 1 pt

    ✓ Institute – 7 pts/year

  • How to earn points

    • Professional Contributions – 5 pts each

    ✓ Presenter or author

    ✓ ACCE Mentor

    • Leadership: Chamber or community organizations – range 2 – 20 points each

    • Awards – 3 pts each

    ✓ Awards or honors

    ✓ Other designations

  • Where are my ACCE points?

    • Log into the ACCE website

  • Where are my ACCE points?

    • And then on “My ACCE Activity”

    • Click on “My Account”

  • Where are my ACCE points?

    • Click on “My Membership”

  • Where are my ACCE points?

    • To see your ACCE activity report:

  • Application:

    Supporting Documents

    ➢ Financial reviews for last 2 years, including 1 year of audited reviews

    ➢ Annual budget, strategic plan, business plan, and annual report for 2 most recent years

    ➢ Position description

    ➢ Chamber organizational chart

    ➢ Personnel manual

    ➢ Resume & five references, including one CCE

    ➢ For details, see ACCE.org/cce

    http://www.acce.org/cce

  • Completed Applications

    • Applications and supporting materials may be

    submitted electronically on www.ACCE.org/CCE

    • Application fee of $400 (ACCE members) also

    due

    • All due on January 7, 2019

    http://www.acce.org/CCE

  • CCE Certification Process

    The Five Steps

    Step 2 - Essays Purpose: to evaluate the candidate’s written communication

    skills

    • Essay 1 – on a recent, significant project of your chamber,

    demonstrating your professional skill, experience, and

    leadership ability.

    ✓ Essay topics will be approved by the Commission. If you

    have questions as you consider the right topic, please reach

    out to ACCE staff (smcguire@acce.org), members of the

    Commission, or your CCE mentor.

    • Essay 2 – on your Chamber’s financial procedures

    • Both essays 2 pages

    • Essays are due on February 11, 2019

    mailto:smcguire@acce.org

  • CCE Certification Process

    The Five Steps

    Step 3 – Oral Presentation/Interview Purpose: To evaluate candidate’s mastery of career benchmarks

    identified in the Body of Knowledge

    • Presentation & interview with CCE commissioner panel

    • Presentation on essay topic

    • Interview on commitment to the chamber profession, knowledge of community, professional expertise, Body of Knowledge

    • Oral presentations/interviews will be March 19-20 2019 in Alexandria, VA

  • CCE Application Process

    The Five Steps Step 4 – Exam Purpose: Written exam to evaluate candidate’s in-depth knowledge

    of chamber operations as highlighted in the chamber profession Body of Knowledge.

    • On the chamber profession Body of Knowledge

    • Recommended Reading List “MUST READ”

    • Multiple choice & short answer

    • Taken at a local CCE’s chamber

    • Given 4 hours to complete

    • Must pass to receive the designation

    • Exams administered May 6 – June 7, 2019

  • Body of Knowledge ACCE.org/cce/body-of-knowledge/

    https://secure.acce.org/professionals/cce-body-of-knowledge/

  • CCE Certification Process

    The Five Steps

    Step 5 - Maintenance Purpose: Maintenance of current, professional experience and

    knowledge of profession and support for chamber executive peers.

    • Designation fee of $200 due after exam

    • To maintain the CCE designation, a CCE must accumulate a minimum of 15 points earned via professional development or professional excellence over each five-year designation period.

    • Maintenance fee is $250 (every 5 years) for ACCE members

  • Are You READY??

    • Resources:

    ✓ ACCE website

  • From any page of site Click on Professional Development

  • And then on

    Certified Chamber Executive

  • For CCE Timeline

  • CCE Timeline – 2019 Class

  • Are You READY??

    • Resources:

    ✓ACCE Website

    ✓CCE Commissioners

  • 2018-2019 CCE Commission

    • Chair: Linda Rabe, CCE, IOM, President & CEO, Rapid City Area

    Chamber of Commerce (S.D.)

    • Chair Elect: Matt McCormick, CCE, President, Columbia Chamber

    of Commerce (Mo.)

    • Past Chair: Robert L. Quick, CCE, President and CEO, Commerce

    Lexington Inc. (Ky.)

    • Tammy J. Carnrike, CCE, Chief Operating Officer, Detroit

    Regional Chamber

    • Doris Carson Williams, President & CEO, African American

    Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania

  • 2018-2019 CCE Commission

    • Kelly R. Hall, CCE, IOM, President, Longview Chamber of

    Commerce (Texas)

    • Rebecca Martin, CCE, IOM, MA, President & CEO, Greater

    Federal Way Chamber of Commerce (Wash.)

    • Troy McClellan, CCE, President and CEO, Boca Raton Chamber

    of Commerce (Fla.)

    • Norma Ritz Johnson, CCE, IOM, Executive Vice President,

    Lubbock Chamber of Commerce (Texas)

  • 2018-2019 CCE Commission

    • Todd L. Shimkus, CCE, President, Saratoga County Chamber of

    Commerce (N.Y.)

    • Elaine Spalding, CCE, President, Rowan County Chamber of

    Commerce (N.C.)

    • Vern Squier, CCE, PaCCE, President & CEO, Chamber of Business

    and Industry of Centre County (Pa.)

    • Joe Unterreiner, CCE, President & CEO, Kalispell

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