The Registered Cooperative Manager (RCM) program strengthens cooperative housing management, helping the profession achieve ever-increasing higher 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 is open to cooperative property managers (for certification) and to cooperative Board Members (non-certification/education only), wishing to understand and gain further knowledge of cooperative 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 curriculum covers three areas fundamental to cooperative managers: History, Business and Ethical Practices of housing cooperatives.
- History of Housing Cooperatives offers participants a perspective of cooperative housing that focuses on the underlying principles of cooperation and a history of modern cooperatives. The module covers the work of the Rochdale pioneers, considered the founders of the cooperative principles. This module examines significant government and non-government initiatives and their impact on the cooperative housing industry.
- The Business of Housing Cooperatives outlines the structure and business of housing cooperatives from their formation to management. A specific review of the cooperative’s corporate documents gives participants a perspective about factors, including governance, that influence the success of a cooperative.
- Ethical Practices for Cooperative Management reviews ethical considerations and requirements for an RCM and the Cooperative Board of Directors. A requirement of Recertification every three years.
IN-PERSON SPRING 2017 RCM REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
Interested in attending the next in-person training course and earning the RCM certification? Registration is now open for the next available in-person certification training for Thursday and Friday May 4-5, 2017 in Washington, DC. Download the registration form for more information.
RECERTIFICATION WEBINAR (Online)
Already earned the RCM designation and need to recertify? Register and pay online for the Ethical Practices Recertification webinar and exam. A confirmation of your registration will be emailed within 48 hours. RCM annual membership dues must be paid for the current year in order to register online.
Not sure if the RCM certificate is right for you? Here’s what recent RCM graduates have to say about the Registered Cooperative Manager certification.
Now that I have my RCM certification, I understand a lot more about housing cooperatives. It has helped me with teaching new members about our cooperative.I am more excited about coming to work; I met many new peers and keep in touch with them.
The RCM course provided the key components for the successful, effective and efficient operation of our cooperative. The skill sets that I gained helped me have a better understanding of housing cooperatives, but also reinforced my dedication to ensure that laws, regulations, and ethical behavior are adhered to when managing such a large multi-family property. And having the opportunity to meet NAHC leadership was a great way to begin my relationship with NAHC. After attending the course, I was excited to get back on the job and practice the ideas presented to me.
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