AGIF Club Management Education Resumes

Singapore: With impetus from the Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF), world-class education for club management professionals around the region is making a welcome return to the agenda.

Following a Covid-19 enforced break, the AGIF is resuming its partnership with the Club Management Association of America (CMAA).

To be staged in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta from July 24-28, the Business Management Institute (BMI) General Manager/Chief Operating Officer course will feature top-level instructors, headed by Jason Koenigsfeld, CMAA’s Chief Learning Officer. 

The AGIF is an International Associate partner of the CMAA and authorised to run BMI programmes as well as Chapter and Association Education, which are part of the pathway to the Certified Club Manager (CCM) designation.

“The AGIF has been a partner with CMAA since 2015 and we’re delighted to be able to relaunch the BMI courses,” said AGIF Board member Steven Thielke, who chairs the Federation’s club management education committee.

Thielke who graduated from the CMAA’s AGIF-administered programme in 2020, added: “The CCM is a professional certification recognising the unique skills and special knowledge required of today’s club manager. It’s the gold standard in club management certification globally.

“Whether you’re seeking a promotion, exploring a position outside of your current club, or simply pursuing professional development opportunities to help you tackle increasingly complex responsibilities while preparing for future challenges, the CCM designation can help you gain credibility and respect in the field, enhance your skills and knowledge and demonstrate your commitment to the profession.”

The five-day BMI course in Indonesia will be the platform for the AGIF to launch its broader club education strategy in partnership with the CMAA.

Thielke said: “This will include clarity on the credit earning potential with AGIF for the pathway to earning the CCM designation.”

The BMI is a professional development programme developed and launched by the CMAA in the early 1980s. Noting managers at all phases of their careers need instruction, education or inspiration, the concept of the ‘lifetime professional development programme’ was born.

The vision was realised as a multi campus-based programme that provides tangible career benchmarks by which managers can track their progress and strive for various levels of competency, including a respected certification.

The curriculum is based on 10 competency areas covering every aspect of a club manager’s job.

Jason Koenigsfeld.

Founded in 1927, the CMAA is the largest professional association for club management professionals with 6,800 members.

CMAA members contribute to the success of more than 2,500 country, golf, athletic, city, faculty, military, town, and yacht clubs.

“The objectives of the CMAA are to promote relationships between club management professionals and other similar professions; to encourage the education and advancement of members; and to provide the resources needed for efficient and successful club operations,” said Koenigsfeld.

*For further details and registration for the BMI course in Indonesia in July, please email [email protected]

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