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Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS)

This certification process is designed to provide knowledge of the asset inventory industry. Required courses help establish a firm foundation in the personal property inventory sector, including best business practices, professional processes and procedures, and a working knowledge of the various life events that require or benefit from having a thorough record of assets.

A Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS) is an individual who has indicated proficiency in the asset inventory industry by successfully completing the required courses and the Certification Exam, agreeing to conduct business according to the industry Code of Ethics, and meeting other stated requirements.

How to earn the CIS designation:

The candidate must accumulate a total of 25 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). This can be accomplished through various opportunities.

  • Successfully, complete the six required courses (Inventory 101, Business Inventory, Code of Ethics, Residential Inventory, Structure Inventory, and Loss Inventory) and two elective courses (Customer Service, Project Management, Time Management or Insurance Knowlege) to earn a total of 21 CEUs.
  • Successfully, complete the CIS Certification Exam.
  • Successfully, complete additional NICA elective courses – CEUs awarded are noted in each course description.
  • Submit the number of years providing inventory services – 1 CEU for each year.
  • Submit the number of years of military service – 1 CEU for each year served.
  • Submit formal education credit hours – based on the degree earned.
  • Certifications from related industries (insurance, organizing, appraisals, etc.) – 2 for each certification.

To exhibit experiential knowledge, the candidate must have completed a minimum of 2 inventories.

Apply for your CIS designation:

When these requirements have been met, click below to submit your application for your CIS designation. The Education Committee will review your application and notify you upon acceptance.

Core Courses

Course

Businesses Inventory – 3 CEUs

Member

$100

Non-Member

$200

Enroll

Code of Ethics – 1 CEU

$75

$150

Inventory 101 – 3 CEUs

$100

$200

Residential Inventory – 3 CEUs

$100

$200

Structure Inventory – 3 CEUs

$100

$200

Loss Inventory – 3 CEUs

$100

$200

Must Choose 2 Electives

Course

Customer Service

Member

$100

Non-Member

$200

Enroll

Project Management – 2 CEUs

$87.50

$175

Time Management – 3 CEUs

$100

$200

Insurance Knowledge – 3 CEUs

$100

$200


Member
$762.50 – $775.00

Non-Member
$1,525.00 – $1550.00


Certified Inventory Specialist Exam 

Member $200

Non-Member $400

Member-only price for a single purchase of all 6 core classes, two electives, and the Certified Inventory Specialist Exam $600.00

Business Plan $300.00

Ultimate Business Start-Up Manual $1,500.00