How to Motivate Certification Candidates

WBT Systems

The candidates for your association’s certification programs face the same challenges as CAE candidates: Finding time and money to earn the required continuing education credits. How can you motivate certification candidates and keep them on the credential path? WBT Systems will be exhibiting at the ICE Exchange and listening in on conversations about credentialing, but we thought we’d start one first here about motivating certification candidates.

Funding Industry Innovation

Potomac Core

Associations who are Funding Industry Innovation can position themselves as essential partners in helping members achieve business outcomes. Once an organization reaches this point they move to what’s becoming a new trend where Associations are funding Industry Innovation. Marching To Innovation . In several cases nontraditional associations have already partnered with their boards to begin their march toward innovation. Funding Industry Innovation.


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Association Education and Certification: Best Benefit Ever

WBT Systems

Interestingly, Associations Now , the information resource for association executives from ASAE , has a long-running series of articles called “ Best Benefit Ever “, which highlights what innovative associations are doing from a benefits perspective to attract new members and reward membership renewals. Best Benefit Ever = Association Education and Certification Programs. The post Association Education and Certification: Best Benefit Ever appeared first on WBT Systems.

Innovative Workforce Solutions

Potomac Core

Associations are increasingly well positioned to help members and industries build innovative workforce solutions through their professional development and certification products. As waves of innovation, millennials, and baby boomer retirements alter future workforce design, forward thinking organizations can transform themselves and become professional development partners for their members. Innovative Workforce Solutions: Call to Action.

How Can You Plan for Innovation?

Association Adviser

The iPhone spent seven years in production by some of the world’s best innovators before it became a product that has changed how we go about our daily routines. It’s the one of the biggest – if not the biggest – innovations of our generation. It’s sometimes hard to remember that this is an innovation that didn’t exist before the early 2000s. Which all goes to show that innovation doesn’t just happen. Innovation is the product of focus, creativity and hard work.

Study: Certifications Lead To Higher Salaries and Greater Job Fulfillment

Associations Now

A new study found that a majority of professionals who completed an online certification course reported bumps in salary and job fulfillment—promising news for associations and their members. Earlier this year the HR Certification Institute launched a new professional certification for early-career human resource professionals. The findings, while somewhat self-interested given who conducted the survey, do highlight the value of certifications.

Daily Buzz: Don’t Forget About Small-Scale Innovation

Associations Now

Big idea: Successful innovation can be small, too. How do you define innovation? Although most leaders might see innovation as disruptive, transformative change to a process or product, Michael Tatonetti, director of certification and education for the Professional Pricing Society (PPS), argues that there is more to innovation than its large-scale ventures. “I One way to implement this vision of innovation is to focus on streamlining workflows.

Combining Innovation & Cooperation for Meeting Success

Associations Now

To put on the premier scholarly event in radiology, the American Society of Neuroradiology looks for a host city that’s as innovative as the delegation it serves. And in keeping with Vancouver’s commitment to sustainability, the convention space is thoroughly eco-friendly, with double LEED Platinum certification and the largest non-industrial green roof in North America. The post Combining Innovation & Cooperation for Meeting Success appeared first on Associations Now

Bonus Content – Event Garde e-news – February edition

Aaron Wolowiec

Full of energy, a spark for innovation and the courage to be bold and take risks are a few of my stand out characteristics that make me a firecracker! Q: Transfer: Let’s say you just attended a certification course. Filed under: Associations , Learning , Professional Development Tagged: certification , Elyse Kopietz , Event Gardeian of the Month , knowledge transfer , Learning , Michigan Manufacturers Association , networking.

Lean Startup Strategy: Take Your Innovation in Smaller Bites

Associations Now

The problem of fermenting innovation in the association world is well-documented, but the solutions are a little harder to come by. As you might have noticed about a week ago, I was troubled by the challenges that associations face when it comes to doing really innovative things. But what if you winnowed down that huge innovation into the smallest thing you possibly could?

Discover how to Engage Learners with TopClass LMS at iNNOVATIONS 2017

WBT Systems

WBT Systems is proud to sponsor iNNOVATIONS 2017 , hosted by Advanced Solutions International (ASI) in Orlando, Florida on March 8-9. We are very excited to sponsor INNOVATIONS, where this year we will be showcasing TopClass 10 LMS and our seamless integration with iMIS. TopClass LMS is seamlessly integrated with iMIS engagement management system, to provide a flexible, comprehensive solution for education and certification programs for enhanced member engagement.

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The Association Advantage

Spark Consulting

Experience with certification and credentialing. generations innovation whitepaper young professionals Shelly AlcornYesterday, I mentioned that associations have some inherent advantages in bridging the education to employment gap for the audiences we serve. What are they? third post of The Association Role in the New Education Paradigm release week). Direct connection to employers. Market opportunity provided by our non-profit status.

Six Issues Associations Are Having Difficulty Responding To

Velvet Chainsaw

We all want the ability to survey business landscapes, identify trends, adopt and adapt innovations, stay abreast of new endeavors, and create new products and services. Our Board of Directors speak about learning and education in of terms and attendance at workshops, number of butts in seats, compliance, certification and standards. Most certification academic standards have limited value. Many associations are slow to change.

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Steal Like a Fundraiser: Innovations in Cause-Oriented Fundraising for Associations

Mizz Information

A certification? Download the free whitepaper this article is based on, Steal Like a Fundraiser: Innovations in Cause-Oriented Fundraising for Associations. Guest post by Sohini Baliga, Director of Communications, Taxpayers for Common Sense, and Elizabeth Weaver Engel, M.A., CAE, CEO & Chief Strategist, Spark Consulting LLC. Associations don’t always have all the answers (we know, you’re shocked).

Colo. Tech Group Asks Members to Help Break Down Barriers to Innovation

Associations Now

Cory Gardner, the Colorado Technology Association is hosting interactive online sessions to solicit member feedback on barriers to innovation. The Colorado Technology Association is asking its members how they could create one more innovation or one more job—if not for a regulation or another perceived barrier. Through its new One More Job/One More Innovation Initiative , CTA will partner with Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colo.)—a In partnership with Sen.

What Should Associations Do to Bridge the Education to Employment Gap?

Spark Consulting

Consider certification. Remember that we also provide case studies of associations doing good work in these areas: HR Certification Institute. generations innovation whitepaper young professionals Shelly Alcorn

Reduce Barriers to Entry

Spark Consulting

A certification? Learn more about how fundraising organizations create alternate entry points to belonging and how associations can adapt their methods in the latest Spark whitepaper, Steal Like a Fundraiser: Innovations in Cause-Oriented Fundraising for Associations freely available for download at [link]. fundraising innovation marketing membership whitepaper young professionals CFA Society Minnesota National Capital Area Food Bank Sohini Baliga

The Perfect Storm

Spark Consulting

We also share case studies of organizations doing excellent work preparing their audiences for the future of employment: HR Certification Institute. Innovate the Lean Way: Applying Lean Startup Methodology in the Association Environment (co-authored with Guillermo Ortiz de Zarate ), available at [link]. Feature Story generations innovation whitepaper young professionals Shelly Alcorn

Why Is Membership the Only Relationship?

Spark Consulting

We track CE credits for our certification holders. innovation membership Jeff De Cagna Way back in March at ASAE’s Great Ideas Conference, I had the opportunity to participate in an early morning conversation facilitated by Jeff de Cagna.

[WHITE PAPER] Steal Like a Fundraiser: Innovations in Cause-Oriented Fundraising for Associations


A certification? To learn more, download your free copy of Steal Like a Fundraiser: Innovations in Cause-Oriented Fundraising for Associations at [link]. Steal This Idea! Associations don’t always have all the answers (we know, you’re shocked). We definitely have some major advantages, not the least of which is that we are highly a cooperative and collaborative community, in large part because there’s not a lot of intra-industry competition (i.e.,

The Single Biggest Opportunity for Associations Today?

Spark Consulting

There are many ways we could do this: facilitating deep mentoring relationships (thus also allowing us to address the burgeoning retiring members issue ), providing REAL professional development (not just some webinars and conference breakout sessions), supporting apprenticeship programs, creating certification programs, creating certificate programs (and no, those are not the same thing).

OpenBadges: Increasing Visibility of Association Education

WBT Systems

There has been much discussion lately about the value of digital badges for both association education and certification programs. This blog notes that “more than 90 percent of educational institutions are offering credentials and digital badges, in part, to serve their millennial students, who favor badging and certificates to traditional degrees”. We are proud to be contributing to the open source innovation in digital badges through the OpenBadges project.

Driverless Associations

Potomac Core

These innovations help capture consumer imaginations, elevate company operating performance, and grow market share. Innovative Organizations who reach outside the box to help their member’s develop growth solutions can transform themselves into Driverless Associations. In 2015 modest economic performance, disruptive innovation and record merger and acquisition s redefined the scope and purpose of Associations. Ring in the age of Driverless Associations.

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Associations: Solving the Skills Gap with Digital Credentials

WBT Systems

Prior to the digital revolution, these credentials were called certificates of completion. Unlike a paper-based certification, a digital badge is embedded with relevant “ metadata ” such as the badge title, description, date earned, issuer, recipient, expiration date and even specific details about the work submitted by the recipient. Badges recognize program and certificate completion, with badge color based on skill level.

Why are Associations missing from the Digital Credentials conversation?

WBT Systems

” ( Shift Happens , Innovate + Educate, December 2016. Many of these articles on the need for change in continuing education and the importance of alternative and digital credentials seem to overlook the role that associations already play in providing professional development, certification, continuing education, and credentialing to their respective professional or trade industries.

What I’m Reading

Spark Consulting

If you want to promote innovation, you have to get comfortable being the dumbest person in the room. Lowell Aplebaum offers some clever ideas for marketing your conferences, certifications, and components. blog roundup curation diversity innovation leadership Anil Dash creativity Inc. Tips for start-up success. Also, wow. How is creating something new like climbing a mountain? We tend to focus on summiting the peak, but that’s not the hard part. Be happier at work.

Shaking Up Patterns

Jamie Notter

This weekend I taught a three-hour session on Systems to students in Georgetown’s Organization Development and Change Leadership Certificate program. Moneyball and Management Innovation. The Results of Management Innovation. Want Innovation? Consulting. Speaking. About. Contact. Generations. Humanize. Books: Jamie Notter. Leadership insight.right when you need it. Shaking Up Patterns. Posted January 31, 2012. in Change , Leadership - 3 comments. Tweet.

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Move over Fred Flintstone

Aaron Wolowiec

In other words, certification systems (i.e. LEED certification) will be valuable, as will barrier-free accommodations. Best Practices Innovation Meetings 2030 conference conventions Fred Flintstone George Jetson German Convention Bureau Germany globalization infrastructure Internet knowledge transfer Meetings and Conventions in 2030: A study of megatrends shaping our industry megatrends mobile devices social media study sustainability technology

Best Practices Suck

Jamie Notter

Is innovation a best practice? Not if changing your certification standards every ten minutes means people will stop taking it seriously. Believe me, I think agility, innovation, and transparency are important. Agility InnovationNo matter what kind of job you have, I’ll bet that a large percentage of your work day is devoted to one, single activity: Coming up with an answer or a solution to a problem you face. That’s what we do. We come up with answers.

Goodbye e-learning

Aaron Wolowiec

a certification or license), regardless of whether the credential is their own. Filed under: Innovation , Learning , Social Media Tagged: Association Learning + Technology 2014 , association management systems , associations , Celisa Steele , e-learning , Facebook , gamified learning , Jeff Cobb , Learning , LinkedIn , live streaming , social media , Tagoras , technology , technology-enabled learning , trends , Twitter , webinar , YouTube. As a former journalist, I love data.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.15.21

Reid All About it

Judges get an inside look at some of the most innovative and outstanding marketing, membership and communication projects and programs in the association profession. Agnes Amos-Coleman, MBA, CMP, education, conference, event, certification consultant, Amos-Coleman. 8: Innovate.

Mastering Your Craft

Thanks For Playing

and problematic - sure, but the best you can do is a completion certificate. innovation trends leadershipThis past fall, I had the opportunity to participate in a multi-day retreat with a bunch of smart people where we focused on the future of work. Talking about the future of work led us naturally into talking about the future of getting ready to work, aka our education system. One of the concepts that came up, tying both work and education together, was apprenticeship.

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Time to cut the fat

Aaron Wolowiec

That said, eliminating wasted efforts and minimizing defects can lead to new products and innovations, according to a new whitepaper by Elizabeth Engel , CEO and chief strategist for Spark Consulting , and Guillermo Ortiz de Zarate , director of information systems for National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Like most businesses, associations have a lot of bulk. Maybe that’s because it’s hard to trim the fat.

Education Is Not Enough

Eric Lanke

What follows this paragraph in the white paper is indeed some practical advice, including: Conduct ongoing in-depth workforce analysis; Clearly define actual competencies needed, including soft skills; Clearly define career pathways; Consider alternative delivery methods and new technologies; Professionalize content development and delivery; Provide quality certification programs; and Create effective alliances. Associations Innovation

Don’t Nickel-and-Dime Members: Ideas to Increase Non-Dues Revenue


Their new membership model includes unlimited access to certifications, online education, newsletters, industry analyses, and communities—the “ pay-to-play ‘extras’ in most association business models.”. Although certifications are part of HFMA’s all-access membership, your association could choose to provide free education, but charge for credentialing applications, exams, and renewals, and/or digital badges.

What Does the Sale of The Washington Post Mean to Your Association?

Association Navigator

We’re being told that the reason the Graham family is selling The Washington Post is because it’s been losing money for years and they need someone that can afford to continue losing money while he innovates the way the model operates. Is it a certification program, advocacy, a trade show? Uncategorized Association competition Association Leadership Innovation We’re just back from a great family vacation in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.31.20

Reid All About it

If your members have to acquire new knowledge and skills to thrive in this new pandemic environment, WBT Systems suggests offering this type of certificate (and digital badge) program. Agnes Amos-Coleman, MBA, CMP, education, conference, event, certification consultant, Amos-Coleman.

Association Disruption: What’s your Educational Moonshot?


Thinking small isn’t going to turn your association into a market leader and innovator, but an educational moonshot will. They could start with one of your certificate programs. Join us at.OrgCommunity’s Solutions Day 2019 , where you can meet the disruptors, innovators, and cultural shape-shifters who are fearlessly reinventing the association world. How grand is your association’s vision for your educational programs?

Success Stories: 9 Award-Winning Customers Highlighted at Super Forum 2019

Higher Logic

CFP Board’s online community, Candidate Forum, launched in mid-2016 and has been highly successful in terms of supporting CFP Board’s mission of granting the CFP® certification. The Candidate Forum helps create a connection among people who are on the path to certification – from those interested in the certification to those who have a bit more to learn and are attempting the exam again. Just because it's automated doesn't mean you don’t need innovation.

Going virtual: Modified education offerings for community association professionals


For more than 40 years, CAI has been the trusted education provider for community association professionals.