Recurring disasters, increased thefts, and a growing desire to protect one’s assets have encouraged many homeowners, renters, and business owners to pursue the services of home inventory professionals. Schools, medical facilities, factories, professional offices, municipalities, and many other industries have become more aware of the necessity to have an inventory of their personal and business assets.
Professional advisors such as Insurance Agents, Financial Planners, Attorneys, Appraisers, and Accountants are seeking credible, trustworthy inventory professionals to recommend to their clients or to collaborate with on projects.
Busy lifestyles have encouraged many to hire an inventory professional to create this documentation for their permanent residence, vacation homes, and/or off-site storage units. This helps them provide the required information to their police department or insurance adjuster after a loss from theft, fire, or natural disaster. Savvy business owners and entrepreneurs are equally as busy and realize that it is important to focus on what they do best – building their own businesses and responding to customers’ needs – while leaving the task of creating the inventory to the industry experts.
These needs have encouraged the growth of the home inventory industry, also known as personal property, contents, or asset inventory. This growth has resulted in a desire for cohesiveness and structure within the industry. The search and attainment of knowledge and education are imperative for all industry professionals when starting and growing any business, and is what encouraged the creation of the National Inventory Certification Association™ (NICA).
National Home Inventory Month
In an effort to raise awareness of the home inventory industry, the National Inventory Certification Association has designated April as National Home Inventory Month. NICA welcomes all home inventory professionals - members and non-members alike - to join us as we continue to share the many benefits a home inventory document provides.
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"NICA (National Inventory Certification Association) is a great association for knowledge, education and networking your asset inventory business. The Managing Director provides excellent customer service and is dedicated to help you achieve your goals. I would recommend NICA to any asset inventory professional that is looking to enhance their education and business."
"NICA is a great place for those of us in the industry to go and get continuing education. It is also a great resource for the consumer to find a service professional to meet their needs."
"I recommend NICA to every new or existing Inventory specialist. The membership fees are very reasonable and the education gained from the courses is so valuable. I wish I had known about NICA early in the stages of my business development. Much of what I learned from trial and error I could have gleaned from the great content in the courses. Additionally, NICA has provided me with the opportunity to share my knowledge by contributing to the course catalog and being a committee member for the CAE certification. I have also received business growth as a result of referrals from the association. Last but not least, I have developed great relationships with the Directors and other NICA members as a result of my membership. It is such a joy to share knowledge within the industry in a non-competitive environment. Thanks NICA for all you have done and continue to do for us in this industry!."
"The eBook that is offered by NICA, 'A Business Guide to Asset Inventory: Protecting Your Company Assets,' was very informative. It filled a gap in my knowledge."
"I have owned my own business since 1981, and have been a Web developer since 1995. It is such a pleasure to work with clients who know what they want, are beyond professional, and totally approachable. If you want to build a viable business backed by the best education and support, join and participate in NICA. You won't be sorry."
"Becoming an Associate Member of NICA was a winning move for our firm. We have come to rely on the skills of the inventory professionals that are certified by this organization. In fact, a substantial part of our current growth is due to the training and preparation that is consistently provided by NICA. If you are an Inventory Professional that wants to take your business to the next level, or are considering a career change into the field, I suggest you start with NICA."
"As an Inventory Professional, it is hard to find continuing education course materials in our field. I appreciate that NICA offers online study courses on subjects of importance to our industry. NICA will do surveys of the members and take into consideration the request of members for subject material when they develop a new educational piece. The courses are reasonably priced and CEU’s associated with each course."