National Inventory Certification Association – Education and certification for industry professionals
02 Dec 2013

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25 Nov 2013

National Inventory Certification Association Launches New Website

New website offers certification, education, professional development, and referrals to meet the needs of members and the community.

The National Inventory Certification Association™ (NICA) has launched a new website to meet the needs of the continued growth of the asset (personal property) inventory industry. This new easy-to-navigate site offers a certification portal, membership directory, and a book store of resources for small business owners and the community in general.

NICA Managing Director, Cindy Hartman, stated, “We have the vision and commitment to provide education and referrals for our membership, as well as professional development materials that are relevant for small business owners in any industry.” Debbie Mahler, president of Internet Tech Specialists (http://www.internettechspecialists), is the technical and creative resource for this easy-to-navigate website. NICA contracted Mahler for this project after Hartman received exceptional results for other company websites, Hartman Inventory and Nationwide Inventory Professionals (http://www.NationwideInventoryProfessionals.com), that Mahler developed.

The new National Inventory Certification Association website contains key elements that will serve a variety of purposes.

Members Directory

Homeowners and business owners have become more aware of the need to protect their financial future through professional documentation of their assets. When seeking ethical and honest service providers, the Members Directory will assist in this search. All members of NICA are certified and have agreed to abide by the Code of Ethics, as outlined on the website.

Certification and Continuing Education

The certification portal is completely electronic, which allows each asset inventory professional seeking certification to work at his or her own pace. Designation as a Certified Inventory Specialist places them among the ranks who have chosen to be recognized as leaders in the industry. Soon-to-be available continuing education courses will cover home inventory procedures as well as business, boat, and structural inventories. Additional courses will be developed to meet the needs as the industry expands.

Professional Development

In addition to residential and business asset inventory ebooks, members and guests of the website can purchase ebooks, audio files, and workbooks on topics of marketing, goal-setting, and PC maintenance. Additional resources will continue to be added, offering topics pertinent to all small business owners.

Association- and Industry-related News

For industry professionals, and those interested in learning more about this essential service, the News page includes press releases and other current information regarding the industry and individual members of the National Inventory Certification Association.

Hartman concludes, “We spoke with quite a few asset inventory professionals prior to creating this website in an effort to serve their needs. The feedback we’ve received has assured us that we’ve done exactly that.”

20 Nov 2013

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Inventory Professional Achieves Certification

National Inventory Certification Association congratulates Charles Will for achieving the designation of Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS).

The National Inventory Certification Association™ (NICA) is pleased to announce that Charles (Anthony) Will, owner of Harrisburg Home Inventory, has earned the designation of Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS). Achieving this recognition from NICA confirms his knowledge and competence to provide quality contents inventory services.

A requirement for certification and membership with NICA is to agree to the Code of Ethics, which helps ensure that their clients are served with integrity, respect, and confidentiality. Harrisburg Home Inventory provides a full inventory documented of your personal property in a format that insurance companies prefer, using digital photography and video.

Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Mr. Will joined the US Army in 1989 and served in all three phases of the Gulf War. After ending his active service in 1995, he lived in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and joined the Army National Guard as a Federal Civilian Technician.

Continuing on his quest to serve others, he established Harrisburg Home Inventory to help people get organized, understand exactly what they have, and prove it in case of loss. Will’s intention is to “help educate others and make friends along the way.”

As the general public gains knowledge of the necessity and benefits of having a photographic and written record of their belongings, the asset inventory industry continues to evolve. The number of inventory service companies is increasing due to the demand for this professional service for both residential and commercial clients. Choosing to achieve certification will enable Mr. Will and Harrisburg Inventory to stand apart from other asset inventory professionals.

In addition to home and business inventories, his interest in boating, dirt track racing, and NASCAR encourages him to place an additional focus on assisting off road racing teams secure a thorough list of assets.

About National Inventory Certification Association

Established in 2011, the National Inventory Certification Association™ (NICA) is the officially recognized certification authority for the personal property/asset inventory industry. The certification and continuing education opportunities ensure that members have access to quality industry knowledge as well as business and professional development resources to help achieve the success they seek for their home and/or business contents inventory companies.

18 Nov 2013

Industry Organizations Announce Exclusive Business Partnership

The Inventory Institute and National Inventory Certification Association announce an Exclusive Business Partnership for good of the industry.

The Inventory Institute™ and National Inventory Certification Association™ (NICA) are pleased to announce a long-term partnership to create cohesiveness and unity in the asset inventory industry. Under the terms of this agreement, the Inventory Institute has recognized NICA as the officially recognized certification authority for the asset inventory industry.

The two organizations have joined forces through this exclusive business partnership to ensure the industry members are served properly and thoroughly. Working together enables each to operate with focused initiatives.

The Inventory Institute provides the following:

– Industry resources

– Annual conference of networking and education

– Project management for large inventory projects

– Referrals and recognition through individual web pages linked to members’ websites

National Inventory Certification Association offers the following:

– Certification as a Certified Inventory Specialist

– Continuing education that enables inventory professionals to focus on a niche or variety of niches

– Credibility through CIS designation

– Recognition in the Member Directory with a live link to each member’s website

“Aligning the Inventory Institute with NICA is a very large step for the asset inventory industry. NICA is quickly becoming THE recognized educational solution for the industry that offers tremendous industry professional and personal growth and support through membership. This partnership provides the members of the asset inventory industry an opportunity between the two organizations to have a full circle of support, and I am proud to be partnered with Mike & Cindy Hartman. They are, without question, leaders of the industry that have proven success in their offerings and their entrepreneurial endeavors. Who better to be offering the education and training for our industry,” said Johanna Curtiss, CEO of the Inventory Institute.

“The past few months have been exciting as we took a vision and worked it through to fruition. The value of being aligned with other professionals in the industry is evident, as this joint venture creates many benefits for all involved in this growing sector of the service industry. Being chosen by the Inventory Institute as the exclusive certification authority is an honor. We have a tremendous amount of respect for Johanna Curtiss, and are look forward to work closely with her and the Inventory Institute,” said Mike Hartman, Executive Director of NICA.

Having the two organizations working cohesively, but separately, provides a good check and balance for all members of both organizations. Both Curtiss and Hartman agree that this long-term business partnership provides the best option to serve the needs of the industry.

Along with the announcement of this partnership, the two organizations have launched a joint membership drive through 2013. This packaged discount provides Certification and 1st year Membership with NICA, plus Enrollment and 1st year Membership with the Inventory Institute.

About The Inventory Institute

The Inventory Institute is the source for Members and Consumers; providing reputable referrals, resources, partnerships, business coaching, marketing, PR and standards for success for and within the Industry.

About National Inventory Certification Association

The National Inventory Certification Association (NICA) provides certification and continuing education for those in the asset inventory industry. The team assembled to lead this organization is well experienced in the fields of asset inventory, management, and education.

15 Nov 2013

Pompano Beach, Florida Inventory Professional Earns Certification

National Inventory Certification Association congratulates member Bob Freund, who has achieved the designation of Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS).

National Inventory Certification Association™ (NICA) is pleased to announce that Bob Freund, owner of Good Neighbor Services, Inc., has earned the designation of Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS). Achieving this designation through NICA confirms his knowledge and competence to provide thorough contents inventory services to businesses, homeowners, condo owners, and renters.

A requirement for certification and membership is to agree to the Code of Ethics, which helps ensure that clients are served with integrity, respect, and confidentiality. One of the standards itemized in the Code of Ethics is that members conduct business with honesty, integrity, sound business judgment, and professionalism.

Good Neighbor Services, Inc. is a family owned and operated business that was created to meet the needs of absentee condo owners to have a secure, dependable way to protect and monitor their property while they are out of town. A natural extension of additional services for these and other clients is Freund’s asset inventory service. Good Neighbor Services’ clients realize the need to protect their structural assets, and the contents within their buildings falls under the desire to protect their financial future as well. Good Neighbor Services provides asset inventory services to clients in communities throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami Dade counties.

Mr. Freund states, “Our goal is to provide our clients with the same kind of care and attention that a truly Good Neighbor would provide to their friends.”

Contact Good Neighbor Home Inventory Services, for more information.

About National Inventory Certification Association

Established in 2011, the National Inventory Certification Association™ (NICA) is the officially recognized certification authority for the personal property/asset inventory industry. The certification and continuing education opportunities ensure that members have access to quality industry knowledge as well as business and professional development resources to help achieve the success they seek for their home and/or business contents inventory companies. For more information visit www.NationalInventoryCertificationAssociation.com.

12 Nov 2013

Aiken, SC Inventory Professional Earns Certification

National Inventory Certification Association congratulates member Rachel d’Entremont, who has achieved the designation of Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS).

National Inventory Certification Association™ (NICA) is pleased to announce that Rachel d’Entremont, owner of For the Record Inventories, has earned the designation of Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS). Achieving this designation from NICA confirms her knowledge and competence to provide thorough contents inventory services to businesses, homeowners, and renters in the Aiken, South Carolina area.

As the general public gains knowledge of the necessity to have a photographic and written record of their belongings, the asset inventory industry continues to evolve. The number of inventory service companies is increasing due to the demand for this professional service for both residential and commercial clients.

A requirement for certification and membership with NICA is to agree to the Code of Ethics, which helps ensure that their clients are served with integrity, respect, and confidentiality. After 13 years as a Planner for the City of Aiken, Ms. d’Entremont was ready for a career change. Seeking certification in the same year she opened her business indicates that she has chosen to be recognized as a professional, setting herself apart from others.

About National Inventory Certification Association

Established in 2011, the National Inventory Certification Association™ (NICA) is the officially recognized certification authority for the personal property/asset inventory industry. The certification and continuing education opportunities ensure that members have access to quality industry knowledge as well as business and professional development resources to help achieve the success they seek for their home and/or business contents inventory companies.

08 Nov 2013

Inventory Institute CEO Earns Industry Certification

The National Inventory Certification Association congratulates Johanna Curtiss, CEO of the Inventory Institute, for achieving the industry designation of Certified Inventory Specialist.

National Inventory Certification Association™ (NICA) is pleased to announce that Johanna Curtiss, CEO of the Inventory Institute, has earned the designation of Certified Inventory Specialist™.

As the asset inventory industry continues to grow and evolve, certification is becoming a key step to help bring credibility and recognition to this home and business services sector. Always seeking opportunities to lead by example, Curtiss takes great pride in her role of the asset inventory industry, and views becoming certified as a way to not only step up her game, but also to lead by example.

In addition to her role with the Inventory Institute, Curtiss is also owner of Greenville-based Asset Data Inventory LLC, an inventory service company providing this documentation for homeowners and business owners throughout the state of South Carolina. She and her husband, Alan, began Asset Data Inventory after suffering a total structure and contents loss from a house fire. The devastating experience gave them first-hand experience to realize the dire need for a thorough and up to date record of what one owns.

Johanna is committed to this industry, and achieving the designation of Certified Inventory Specialist through NICA is just one more professional achievement that she is proud to display.  In addition to being the CEO of the Inventory Institute and owner of Asset Data Inventory, she has created a home inventory software program. MyAssetData.com has recently launched to aid in the asset documenting process. Through all of these accomplishments, she continues to be instrumental in the growth and the positive new direction the asset inventory industry is taking.

About National Inventory Certification Association

Established in 2011, the National Inventory Certification Association™ (NICA) is the officially recognized certification authority for the personal property/asset inventory industry. The certification and continuing education opportunities ensure that members have access to quality industry knowledge as well as business and professional development resources to help achieve the success they seek for their home and/or business contents inventory companies.

28 Oct 2013

Asset Inventory Certification Program Now Led by Industry Professionals

Founders of Nationwide Inventory Professionals assume ownership and control of national industry certification program.

Mike and Cindy Hartman, of Avon, Indiana, have further invested in the growing home and business inventory industry. Personal property inventory service professionals, the Hartmans have recently taken ownership and control of the National Inventory Certification Association (NICA).  An announcement from NICA last week stated, “The inventory industry is growing, and new leadership is required to take this certification program to the next level. Focus, commitment, and an understanding of the industry are imperative.”

The Hartmans currently own two other asset industry-related businesses, Hartman Inventory LLC and Nationwide Inventory Professionals LLC. Hartman Inventory, established in 2004, is an asset inventory company, providing written and photographic personal property documentation. Having established proven successful processes and procedures through years of trial and error, the Hartmans developed Nationwide Inventory Professionals. This business package and licensing agreement provides their knowledge, experience, and support for those who have chosen to start their own inventory company.

Mike Hartman explained, “We see value in national certification, to the extent that certification is a component of our business package. We are looking forward to this opportunity to take NICA in a positive direction, and are already making plans to enhance the designation as well as offer other educational opportunities.”

According to Johanna Curtiss, CEO of The Inventory Institute, the majority of inventory service companies are independent business owners, amounting to approximately 150 verified operating businesses throughout the United States. One of the reasons the Hartmans chose to add this company to their business portfolio is to help establish consistency and cohesiveness in the industry.

About National Inventory Certification Association

The National Inventory Certification Association (NICA) provides a certification program for those in the asset inventory sector. Designation as a Certified Inventory Specialist confirms an understanding of the industry, agrees to conduct business in an ethical and professional manner, and will abide by the National Inventory Certification Association Code of Ethics. The team the Hartmans have assembled to head up this separate entity is well experienced in the asset inventory industry. http://www.nationalinventorycertificationassociation.com/final

About Mike and Cindy Hartman

Mike and Cindy Hartman are recognized leaders of the industry, and achieved this by constantly reviewing their inventory processes, then implementing improvements and revisions on a continuing basis.

Always eager to share their knowledge, they are Approved Speakers for Kiwanis International and also provide educational presentations for Chambers of Commerce and other civic, business, and networking organizations. The Hartmans have been featured in the Indianapolis Business Journal, the Hendricks County Business Leader, and various other publications. They have co-authored the book, “Home Inventory – A Guide for Homeowners and Renters,” which is available on Amazon.com. Their second book, “A Business Guide to Asset Inventory,” will be completed soon.

28 Oct 2013

Owners of Hartman Inventory Achieve Certification

National Inventory Certification Association extends congratulations to Mike and Cindy Hartman, owners of Avon, Indiana-based Hartman Inventory

Helping to raise the bar for their chosen profession, Mike and Cindy Hartman of Hartman Inventory, Avon, Indiana, have invested in achieving their Certified Inventory Expert (CIE) designation. National Inventory Certification Association™ (NICA) recognizes their knowledge and competence to create thorough personal property inventory services to schools, municipalities, businesses, homeowners, and renters.

A requirement for certification and membership is to agree to the Code of Ethics, which are approved standards for the personal property (home) inventory industry. Members of NICA hold themselves and each other accountable to ensure the public is served with integrity, respect, and confidentiality.

Certification and Membership with NICA enables the Hartmans to be associated with other like-minded inventory business owners, helps bring credibility to Hartman Inventory, and also national recognition to the industry as a whole.

The asset inventory industry continues to grow, and becoming certified represents the dedication and professionalism of this husband and wife team. Certification places Mike and Cindy in a favorable position – that of being recognized as professionals who have chosen to establish themselves as leaders in the industry. In addition to being certified, they are also bonded and insured.

The Hartmans take this leadership role quite seriously. They began their inventory service in 2004, bringing decades of corporate experience to their own company. After years of learning the industry through trial-and-error, they created Nationwide Inventory Professionals, a Business Package and Licensing Agreement, to help others avoid the long start-up phase. The marketing package, mentoring, continued support, and certification are just some of the elements included in the business package, which enables the new business owners to concentrate on building their business.

Most recently, Mike and Cindy Hartman have stepped forward to assume additional roles within the asset inventory industry. They are Executive and Managing Directors, respectively, of the National Inventory Certification Association and also serve on the Leadership Team of The Inventory Institute.

About National Inventory Certification Association

Established in 2011, the National Inventory Certification Association™ (NICA) is the officially recognized certification authority for the personal property/asset inventory industry. The certification and continuing education opportunities ensure that members have access to quality industry knowledge as well as business and professional development resources to help achieve the success they seek for their home and/or business contents inventory companies.

28 Oct 2013

Michigan Home Inventory Professional Achieves Certification

National Inventory Certification Association congratulates Metro-area member Tim Edwards, owner of Elite Inventory, who has achieved the designation of Certified Inventory Expert (CIE).

The National Inventory Certification Association™ (NICA) is pleased to announce that Tim Edwards, owner of Clarkston, Michigan-based Elite Inventory LLC, has earned the designation of Certified Inventory Expert (CIE). Achieving this designation from NICA confirms his knowledge and competence to provide quality contents inventory services to small and medium sized businesses, schools, government offices, homeowners, and renters.

A requirement for certification and membership with NICA is to agree to the Code of Ethics, which helps ensure that their clients are served with integrity, respect, and confidentiality. Having achieved his BS in Engineering Administration from Tri-State University, he understands the value of certification. After years in the corporate environment in various Management and Supervision positions, his entrepreneurial spirit set in.

His desire to spend time with his wife Kelly and their two sons, Edwards found the home and business inventory industry to be a perfect opportunity to create a successful business that would allow for the life balance he was seeking. To assist with the start-up and receive continued support, he chose to invest in a business package and license agreement with Nationwide Inventory Professionals. This provided him with the support and mentoring he sought to start and grow his inventory business quickly and professionally.

As the general public gains knowledge of the necessity and benefits of having a photographic and written record of their belongings, the asset inventory industry continues to evolve. The number of inventory service companies is increasing due to the demand for this professional service for both residential and commercial clients. Choosing to achieve certification will enable Edwards and Elite Inventory to stand apart from other asset inventory professionals.

About National Inventory Certification Association

Established in 2011, the National Inventory Certification Association™ (NICA) is the officially recognized certification authority for the personal property/asset inventory industry. The certification and continuing education opportunities ensure that members have access to quality industry knowledge as well as business and professional development resources to help achieve the success they seek for their home and/or business contents inventory companies.