CurriculumOne of the goals that were established by the Education Committee is to add two new courses to the National Inventory Certification Association (NICA) curriculum each year. The purpose of this is to offer more detailed and topic-focused courses in addition to the general, foundation courses. For example, the Collections Inventories course hones in on that one specific type of inventory, following up on the general overview of the Residential Contents Inventory course. In addition to industry-specific topics, the committee also felt a need to offer business-related courses, such as Time Management and Customer Service.

With this in mind, we surveyed you to learn what topics interest you the most for new curriculum. The results are in and we thank each of you who took the time to respond. The three courses that received the most requests are Loss Inventories, Giving Presentations, and Sales & Marketing.

We are currently securing professionals to create these courses. Two will be available this year. The Presentation course is tentatively scheduled for a June release, followed by Loss Inventories available in the fall. The Sales & Marketing is tentatively scheduled to be released in early 2019.

Releasing two courses per year enables us to remain true to our Mission Statement that says, in part, “To provide quality education and certification for inventory professionals by creating a business- and industry-related curriculum that contains the knowledge and skills required to achieve success.”

By you giving just a minute or two of your time, we are able to focus on the topics that you, our members, have stated interest. As always, we appreciate your input on these brief surveys.