The recognised standard in credit management
www.cicm.com CREDIT ACADEMY
The recognised standard in credit management
Welcome... Chartered Institute of Credit Management The Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM) is Europe’s largest professional association for the credit community. The trusted leader in expertise for all credit and collections matters, it represents the profession across trade, consumer and export credit, and all credit-related services. We pride ourselves in setting high standards and oﬀer a comprehensive range of training and Ofqual accredited qualiﬁcations that have become the recognised standard in the credit profession. Our qualiﬁcations and range of ﬂexible learning opportunities equip our members with the professional skills they need at every stage in their career. We help organisations of all sizes manage credit and maximise cash collection eﬃciently and professionally in an increasingly challenging business environment. Through a comprehensive programme of publications, communications, conferences and regional events, we ensure our members are supported, kept up-to-date and equipped to meet the demands of the crucial role they perform in modern business. We promote professionalism and best practice, for example we administer the Prompt Payment Code on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and are authors of the hugely popular CICM Managing Cashﬂow Guides.
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If you’re looking to enhance your career in credit management or just keep up-to-date with legislation, regulation and current thinking, the CICM oﬀers a wealth of learning opportunities including traditional training courses, online learning, regional masterclasses and conference events. Our support doesn’t end there – you will also ﬁnd a wealth of advice and networking opportunities at the CICM through our regional branch network that meets regularly for information exchange, brieﬁngs and social events. The CICM is the recognised standard in credit management and our learning portfolio oﬀers a range of industry-recognised qualiﬁcations, training and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) covering essential, advanced and management skills. Training modules and courses are ﬂexible to suit your preferred learning style, whether that be classroom-based training or online with full tutor support, enabling you to ﬁt study with busy work and social schedules. Members also receive a monthly e-brieﬁng, focusing on topical issues which oﬀer opinion, advice and industry updates.
As a member you will receive ‘Credit Management’, our official magazine. Packed with news, views, features and articles, this quality publication is highly acclaimed for its content and consistently proves a real winner with our members as an important resource for keeping up-to-date.
Individual membership Invest in yourself
Individual membership grades are awarded on a combination of experience and qualiﬁcations. As you progress through the membership grades you will be awarded post nominal letters that you can proudly use after your name.
Probably one of the best investments you will ever make
Joining the CICM couldn’t be simpler – just go to www.cicm.com and click ‘Join now’. Because the CICM is a not-for-proﬁt organisation, we are able to keep subscriptions at an aﬀordable level. There are ﬂexible payment options.
The sooner you join, the sooner you can start to enjoy the benefits of CICM membership
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Corporate membership Invest in your team
Corporate Membership is aimed at organisations with a signiﬁcant number of staﬀ working in credit management and related areas.
Membership is contracted at organisation level and offers:
• Corporate Aﬃliate membership for all staﬀ in credit management and related areas • Discounts on learning and development • An ongoing learning partnership with signiﬁcant savings on learning and qualiﬁcations • A dedicated Education Advisor • A route to CICM Centre of Excellence status • Monthly e-newsletter for staﬀ, tailored to the organisation
Learning & development “Employers view qualiﬁcations from the Chartered Institute of Credit Management
(CICM) as desirable and it is rare to see credit management job speciﬁcations that do not request CICM qualiﬁed candidates. In credit management, a clear correlation exists between training and business performance”
Source: Accountancy and Finance Salary Guide published by Hays, recruiting experts worldwide
Why study with the CICM?
Continuing Professional Development
Professional qualiﬁcations raise knowledge, skills and performance and transmit an important message about you and your organisation.
We ﬁrmly believe that learning should continue throughout your entire career, and not just while studying for qualiﬁcations. Continuing Professional Development will keep you right up-to-date and on top of your game. You will therefore ﬁnd many activities and events that we organise throughout the year award CPD hours and the CICM CPD scheme will help you recognise your achievements, identify areas for development and measure your success.
The Chartered Institute of Credit Management has awarded qualiﬁcations since 1949 and is the only organisation to be directly recognised by the Oﬃce of Qualiﬁcations and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) to design, deliver and award qualiﬁcations in credit management and related areas.
• are globally recognised • are ﬂexible and relevant • demonstrate professionalism and commitment • boost your earning potential
What can I study? CICM oﬀers ﬁve areas of study: • Credit Management • Money and Debt Advice • Debt Collection • High Court Enforcement • Taking Control of Goods Key levels of achievement are CICM Certiﬁcates and Diplomas, including the prestigious Level Five Diplomas. Also, at certain levels, you will have the ﬂexibility to study ‘vocational’ skills-related units, rather than the traditional ‘knowledge-based’ path, if that suits your learning style better.
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In-company training - improve the performance of your entire team If you are a manager or team leader, our in-company programmes are the most cost-eﬀective way to upskill and motivate your credit and collections teams. Our inspirational trainers are experts in their ﬁeld and can tailor all our standard programmes to your individual requirements. All courses are fully supported with pre-course assessment, post-course action planning, course evaluation, course notes, slides and follow-up six weeks later. One-to-one coaching and post training coaching sessions are also available.
Our inspirational trainers are experts in their field and can tailor all our standard programmes to your individual requirements.
Full details of CICM learning options, resources, qualiﬁcations and support are available at www.cicm.com – it’s a great place to learn more, and once you have absorbed the basic information you may want to talk to one of our Education Advisors who would be happy to discuss your options and ﬁnd the best path for you.
Typical events include:
Events Throughout the year the CICM organises a full programme of national conferences and regional events for its members. our aim is always to educate and inform our members of current and future thinking on key issues and themes.
• Masterclasses, which we run nationally focusing on topical subjects such as Risk and Compliance, Technology Solutions and Change Management • More specialist conferences such as the CICM Law Conference, CICM Education Conference and the Turner Lecture • The annual CICM British Credit Awards is the most prestigious awards ceremony in the credit and collections industry, a celebration of professionalism, best practice and outstanding achievement • CICM Best Practice Conferences for those organisations that are CICMQ accredited • Regional Roadshows, held in association with our regional branch network • Branch events, including locally-focused guest speakers and social events Many events are FREE To MEMBERS and all feature top class speakers from the world of credit management and collections.
There are two options for assessment:
CICMQ CICMQ accreditation is awarded to organisations that are able to demonstrate commitment to quality, continuous improvement and best practice in all things credit. Applicable to all types and sizes of organisation.
• Standard assessment • Workshop approach Assessments are run by our highly qualiﬁed, experienced CICMQ Assessors who will guide and support you and your team throughout the accreditation process. In many cases other CICMQ accredited organisations will also assist, sharing their knowledge and experience.
Six key areas of the credit department are assessed: • • • •
Policy Compliance Customer service Performance measurement
• Personal & professional development • Stakeholder management & roadmap
Once accredited, you will gain an award with certiﬁcate, a comprehensive consultation report highlighting areas of best practice as well as recommendations for improvement. You can use the CICMQ logo on your website and literature and you will be invited to join the best practice network, gain access to the best practice library, and receive invitations to best practice events.
Centre of Excellence the ultimate accolade
To apply to become an CICM Centre of Excellence an organisation must: • Commit to, and demonstrate, promotion and adoption of best practice in credit management and collections • Establish a ‘Learning partnership’ with the CICM or be a Corporate Member • Achieve and maintain CICMQ accreditation • Promote the CICM within their organisation
Here are twelve great reasons why you should
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You’re passionate about this exciting, unique profession – and so are we The Chartered Institute of Credit Management is the recognised professional body for the credit community in the UK, the largest in Europe, and second largest in the world.
Getting qualified – the recognised standard in the industry Qualifications that really count - increasingly, CICM qualifications are a mandatory requirement for employers. The CICM is proud to be Ofqual accredited.
Career progression Wherever you set your sights, being a member of the CICM will show your employer that you are serious about your career, your performance and your personal development.
Keeping up-to-date Regular briefing events, Conferences and Masterclasses are held around the country featuring key speakers from the credit community.
Profile and influence An organisation that genuinely sits at the table with government, collaborates with it and influences its thinking and direction. Our view and comment is regularly sought by international and national media including radio, TV and newspapers.
The magazine ‘Credit Management’ - the Institute’s highly acclaimed magazine packed with features, news and information is distributed free to all members. Our member survey confirmed CM as the most popular magazine for the credit community.
Networking The CICM has an extensive regional branch network in the credit industry. Local branches support members, hold networking events, briefings and arrange social gatherings.
The CICM British Credit Awards The most prestigious credit and collections event in the calendar, the CICM British Credit Awards reward outstanding achievements and celebrate professionalism in the credit industry.
Reference Access to essential, informative and useful reference material, industry white papers and the popular online CICMos fact-sheets. Each quarter we publish the CICM UK Credit Managers’ Index, the most comprehensive study of how businesses are managing their cash.
The Quality Marque - CICMQ CICMQ accreditation is awarded to organisations that deliver industry best practice and world-class credit management.
Social media interaction Interact and share your views and challenges with CICM communities dynamically on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and the CICM discussion forum.
Not-for-profit The Chartered Institute of Credit Management is a not-for-profit organisation run entirely for the benefit of members and the credit community.
Be part of the CICM community A unique and knowledgeable community
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Onethingisforsure-bybeingamemberyouwillhaveaccesstothemost signiﬁcantknowledgepoolinthecreditandcollectionscommunity. TheCICMpartnerswiththebestinBusiness CICM Corporate Partners have a special place in our community. Not only do they deliver a wide range of great products and services to the credit management and collections industry, but they also feature regularly in our magazine and at CICM Masterclasses, Conferences and Roadshows, where they provide expert opinion and speaker support. Find out who our Corporate Partners are and how they can help you at www.cicm.com/about-icm/corporate-partners/ Aglobalcommunity The CICM is a truly global community, a founder member of the Federation of European Credit Management Associations (FECMA) and works in association with the International Credit and Trade Finance Association (ICTF)
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