What good is accreditation?

March 6, 2015 11:16 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We uphold high standards.Many association management companies (AMC’s) wonder: why go through the hassle of becoming accredited? After all, it’s an arduous process involving the documentation of all of your policies and procedures in order to conform to the incredibly detailed standard, not to mention thousands of dollars in cost. It requires hiring an independent auditor to review all of your policies who will scrutinize them with a fine tooth comb. And maybe that’s why only 17% of the more than 500+ association management firms are accredited by the prestigious Association Management Company Institute (AMCI).

However, like a lot of things that are hard to do, it’s worth it. It requires dedication and perseverance to put the right systems in place to even qualify for accreditation. That means making a significant investment in technology and personnel. It means committing staff to providing clients with consistent service excellence and innovative practices.

Then once you’re accredited, you’re still not done. You must reapply for accreditation every four years and go through the difficult process all over again. You must continually improve your systems to make sure you are still in compliance with the standards.

So here’s the bottom line. Accreditation is a tremendous accomplishment, demonstrating an AMC’s commitment to high quality service. It assures volunteer leaders looking for new management services that comprehensive quality control systems are in place. In fact, many association proposals stipulate that they will only consider accredited AMC’s. Accreditation clearly distinguishes your firm from the competition. You will find that accreditation gives you a better handle on your processes and systems than ever before. So go for it and display the distinctive accreditation mark with pride!

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This post was written by Elizabeth Schlicht

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