How can cooperative housing boards govern effectively to protect their investment? What skills are important for property managers to be successful in their careers?
To meet the needs of boards and managers, NAHC offers two educational seminars: “The 3Rs for Cooperative Boards: Roles, Risks & Rewards” (for boards and managers) and the Registered Cooperative Manager (RCM) program, the only nationally-recognized designation and certification specializing in cooperative management. A sought-after designation for cooperative housing managers, the RCM is recognized by the Registered in Apartment Managers (RAM) program.
Your housing cooperative is home for you and other cooperative members. To represent all members effectively, board members must have a clear understanding of board responsibilities and how to manage and make decisions regarding capital improvements, finances, management and other issues.
Learn WHY a cooperative governs, HOW the cooperative governs and WHAT the cooperative governs. This six hour seminar will build your knowledge of cooperative housing governance: ranging from board member responsibilities to bylaws and financial operations. An NAHC-trained instructor conducts the seminar at your cooperative, referencing your organization’s documents (such as articles of incorporation and occupancy requirements), financing and restrictions using a variety of hands-on activities.
The seminar consists of three modules:
1). An overview of cooperative board governance
2). Governance resources and how boards govern
3). A discussion of board roles and responsibilities
Seminar topics include:
- Goals and purposes of cooperatives
- Understanding and adhering to bylaws and your cooperative’s other basic legal documents
- Ethical governance and the NAHC’s “Director’s Code of Ethics”
- Creating a business philosophy and goals
- Anticipating challenges to the cooperative and how the board can minimize them
- Identifying the four categories of board responsibilities
- Tools for sound financial planning, analysis and management
- Creating an action plan to govern more effectively
Allow a minimum of 60 days to schedule your 3Rs Seminar. Visit the 3Rs education page for more information.
An NAHC affiliate, the Registered Cooperative Manager (RCM) program strengthens cooperative housing management, helping the profession achieve ever-increasing professional standards. After successfully completing coursework and a certification exam, managers are awarded the designation, which demonstrates that they meet the RCM standards of excellence, understanding, and achievement in the area of cooperative housing management. The RCM curriculum focuses on general knowledge of housing cooperatives; renews a commitment to the principles of cooperative housing, codifies the ethics of cooperative housing management, and improves housing management practices.
Specifically, the RCM curriculum covers three areas fundamental to cooperative managers: ethics, business and the history of housing cooperatives.
The RCM Course Program and Ethical Practices Recertification is offered twice a year, in the Spring and Fall in conjunction with the NAHC Annual Conference. Check out the RCM education page for more information on the next scheduled training courses.
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