April is National Home Inventory Month: Find out more
15 May 2014

Business Contents Inventory Continuing Education Course

ContinuingEducation 200 x 225The National Inventory Certification Association’s main focus is to provide industry education for those who provide inventory services. Recently, NICA and The Inventory Institute, conducted a survey to capture the needs of these industry professionals. One of the main areas of interest was for a course on business asset inventory. Therefore, with a focus on serving our members, creating this course was placed as a high priority.

The growth of inventory services has expanded to include – in addition to personal property – other business asset categories such as consumables, fixed assets, and retail. This course focuses on the contents, but also provides a general knowledge about these other commercial asset inventory needs.

Business Contents Inventory course

Many inventory options are introduced in this course, based on the successful processes and practices currently being used by inventory professionals. This enables the inventory service professional to develop and/or alter their business asset inventory process based on previously implemented procedures.

For the beginner, the Business Contents Inventory course will introduce the differences between providing a home inventory and a commercial inventory. For those who currently provide commercial inventory services, the course information is two-fold. First, they can verify that they have considered all options in their service process. Secondly, they can learn of other commercial inventory service needs, which may introduce them to add another service to their business inventory services.

Topics covered in this course are:

Lesson 1: Business Inventory

  • Asset Inventory Definitions
  • Business Needs for A Contents Inventory
  • Insurance Basics

Lesson 2: The Inventory Process

  • Getting Started
  • Determine Your Process
  • Photographic Documentation
  • Written Documentation
  • Tools of the Trade

Lesson 3: Your Business Inventory Service

  • Establish Your Inventory Routine
  • The Finished Product
  • Additional Inventory Services
  • Documenting Assets Other Than Personal Property
  • Best Practices
  • Safety

The introductory price for this course is $60; National Inventory Certification Association members receive a 50% discount.

01 May 2014

Get Caught Reading

BooksMay is “Get Caught Reading” month. As an association developed to create education and knowledge for the asset inventory industry, this focus on reading caught our attention.

There are so many opportunities available today to pursue reading. Book stores offers shelves and shelves of books covering every topic you can think of. Ordering on line allows you to purchase reading material without leaving the house. And with today’s electronic options, you can read eBooks, order downloads to your electronic reader, or just peruse articles on the internet via your computer.

Zig Ziglar said, “You can make positive deposits in your own economy every day by reading and listening to powerful, positive, life-changing content and by associating with encouraging and hope-building people.”

This sounds exactly what our vision is for the National Inventory Certification Association. We are a young association and have the vision to grow. But not only grow, but to grow with the focus of education and membership benefits leading each decision made. We are creating continuing professional education courses and have a strategically centered collection of materials offered on our website.

Knowing that one needs more than industry-related education, we also provide material that is helpful for all small business owners. Topics covered are goal setting, self-maintenance for your computer, networking, and achieving success. We encourage you to visit the Book Store for these downloadable books and audio files. Get caught reading!

18 Apr 2014

Now Available! Continuing Education Course – Residential Contents Inventory

Professional DevelopmentA large number of inventory professionals are seeking continuing education. This was made evident by those who completed the survey recently distributed through a joint effort by National Inventory Certification Association and The Inventory Institute. In response to this survey, NICA has just completed “Residential Contents Inventory.”

This course includes the variety of processes that are currently used by successful inventory professionals. Therefore, this material serves two purposes: 1) to introduce the many options from which a new inventory service professional can select and develop a quality service of their own, and 2) to provide this collective information for established inventory professionals who seek to learn other methods, in an effort to continually improve their process.

Additionally, this course offers a general understanding of homeowners insurance. This is to enable the inventory professional to properly recommend when it would be a benefit for the homeowner to discuss coverage with their agent.

It is imperative that a home inventory service provider conduct business with honesty, integrity, sound business judgment, and professionalism. Course material reinforces best practices, which support the National Inventory Certification Association Code of Ethics.

Documenting the contents of a residence is the foundation of the asset inventory industry, and in essence, where the home inventory industry began. It makes sense that this be the focus of our first course.

Residential Contents Inventory Course

Some of the topics addressed in the Residential Contents Inventory course are:

  • Disaster Preparedness and Recovery
  • Additional Reasons for a Home Inventory
  • Determine Your Process
  • A Systematic Approach for Your Service
  • The Finished Product
  • Best Practices
  • Safety

Visit the Continuing Education Section of the NICA website for a full description of the course. Members of the National Inventory Certification Association receive a 50% discount off of all Continuing Professional Education (CPE) courses.

02 Apr 2014

The Rhyme and Reason for a Home Inventory

quillApril is National Poetry Month, so we decided to invite home and business inventory professionals to share their passion for the industry through verse.

The need for an inventory is often a serious discussion. However, we don’t always have to be a serious bunch!

With that in mind, NICA is taking this opportunity to lighten it up a bit while sharing the many reasons for an inventory.

 

The Rhyme and Reason for a Home Inventory

Do you have photos and a list
Of the assets that you own,
Often called personal property
They are the contents of your home.

To recover from a disaster
Insurance won’t pay what you think
You’ll need to list all items
Even glasses from which you drink.

The list will be extremely long
You’ll spend outrageous hours of time
The deadline will cause excessive stress
While noting details, line by line.

You need this list for financial planning
For pre-nups, moving, or divorce
It’s also helpful for estates …
An asset inventory sets the course.

Yes, there are many life events
When you need an inventory
Talk to others who needed and didn’t have one
They’ll be happy to share their story.

Cindy Hartman
Hartman InventoryAvon, IN

12 Mar 2014

Inventory Survey Results Are In

SurveyThe Inventory Institute and the National Inventory Certification Association (NICA) joined together to conduct the first Inventory Industry Survey. It was distributed in late February 2014, and netted a better-than-normal response rate. This shows that Asset Industry Professionals welcome the opportunity to provide feedback for their growing industry. In response to the two organizations’ goals of being member-focused, there are plans to reach out to industry professionals again to gather more pertinent information.

As Industry Organizations, The Inventory Institute and NICA will continue to work on developing information, creating metrics, and achieving industry related initiatives that will enable them to support their members and the industry as a whole.

As a gesture of thanks for the time spent answering the survey, a drawing was held after the survey. Congratulations to Patty Kreifels of Picture This Asset Inventory Service, as the winner of the book, A Business Guide to Asset Inventory.

If you did not receive the first survey, and would like to provide your thoughts and ideas in the future, please email Johanna Curtiss of the Inventory Institute at jkcurtiss@inventoryinstitute.org to be placed on the mailing list. The results of the Inventory Industry Survey, along with the comments associated with the questions, are provided for your review.

Both organizations welcome members as well as non-members to share ideas that will benefit either The Inventory Institute, the National Inventory Certification Association, or the industry in general.

 

01 Mar 2014

Survey Responses – Winner Announced

Business Inventory CoverA recent survey was distributed to asset inventory professionals throughout the United States. The purpose of requesting this information was to gain insight from those who offer this service. Knowing the needs of these business owners will help The Inventory Institute and the National Inventory Certification Association serve them individually, as well as the industry as a whole.

Some chose to skip questions. That was fine, as we value all responses, and appreciate everyone’s input. We did offer a gift to one person who completed all questions. A drawing was held; we are pleased to announce that Patty Kreifels, of Picture This Asset Inventory Service, in Lincoln, Nebraska, is the winner! She received a book titled, “A Business Guide to Asset Inventory – Protecting Your Company Assets,” which contains tips on how to complete a commercial inventory.

The survey results are being tabulated and and the information will be shared soon on this news page as well as on the LinkedIn Asset Inventory Group Discussion Board.

 

26 Feb 2014

The Value of Industry Certification

Blue Ribbon-Gold MiddleCertifications are become more prevalent today, especially in the home-based business sector. There are certification programs for home organizers, pet sitting, photograph restoration and organizing, even for creating pet fashions.

The asset inventory industry also has a certification; inventory professionals can achieve designation as a Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS) through the National Inventory Certification Association.

Some professionals are required to achieve certification, and maintain it with continuing education (accountants and insurance agents, for example). If your industry does not require certification to perform your services, why should you spend your time and money?

Leadership

Being considered a leader in your industry comes with certification, especially when it is not a prerequisite to being in business. You have chosen to go above and beyond what is required of you.

Trust

A Code of Ethics is often included with membership in many industries. This gives a comfort level to your clients. Additionally, by achieving your designation, you are making a statement to others in the industry that they can trust you, and thus refer business to you, without hesitation.

Professional and personal development

Most certification programs include or offer continuing education. By always learning, you are growing your knowledge level. This extra effort again makes the statement that you are serious about your business, and choose to be among the top in your industry.

Expertise

Often a prospective client will be considering other service providers in addition to you or your company. Your certification can be the detail that encourages them to choose you.

Pride

When all is said and done, there is one key reason to be certified. Pride in yourself! No matter the profession, knowing you achieved a goal, knowing that you stand out from the crowd, knowing that you strive to excel, brings a sense of pride that will show in your attitude, your work, and the way you interact with others.

Certification sets you apart from those who are not certified. You show your fellow professionals and your prospective and current clients that you are a leader in your industry. And that is value!

12 Feb 2014

Forrest Gump Your Networking

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In our continued effort to assist new business owners gain knowledge and skills that will help create a successful company, we are pleased to announce our most recent addition to the National Inventory Certification Association Book Store.

Networking is often a confusing process to a new business owner or sales representative.  Once you start this business-building process, are you getting business from all the networking you do?

Forrest Gump Your Networking with Best Practices for Networking Success can help you.  “Stupid is as stupid does.” The line from the iconic movie Forrest Gump suggests that you have control over your results and it is never as true as it is in using business networking as a marketing strategy to grow your business.

Just collecting business cards isn’t enough

Going to networking events and collecting business cards does not bring you more business!

In order for networking to be the strategy that does bring you business, you have to know what to do, how to do it, when to do it, and what the reason is for the steps you are taking.

In this audio and booklet, Jack Klemeyer, business consultant and coach, gives you the strategies and tools proven successful time and time again with clients in several industries. If you use networking to grow your business, you need to make networking a profitable activity on your schedule. With this program you’ll clearly understand how everything works together and what you have to do before, during, and after a networking event to see a real change for your business.

What you will learn about networking

Here are some of the things you will learn:

  • What essential tools you must take with you to every event (and not just networking events)
  • How to create a clearly defined goals and targets for each event
  • What goes into turning prospects into clients and how to strategically make that happen
  • The importance of (and steps how to) systemizing your network activities
  • And much, much more!

This audio program was presented to a national association group by premier business coach and consultant, Jack Klemeyer. Join him and turn your networking into a moneymaking machine.

Included: audio, booklet, and worksheet, all for only $24.95.

07 Jan 2014

What Is A CEU?

ceuWith the implementation of the improved certification process, the National Inventory Certification Association has assigned CEUs to our courses and so-to-be offered seminars and webinars offered by the Inventory Institute. So, what does this mean?

CEU stands for Continuing Education Unit. A CEU is a unit of measure assigned to each course, seminar, and webinar that can be applied toward your requirements for certification and re-certification. One CEU is equal to 10 clock hours (50-60 minutes) of approved education for the asset inventory industry. Therefore, a one-hour CEU-approved seminar or webinar earns you 0.1 CEU.

Courses are assigned CEUs according to the length and level of the content. Each course description includes the number of CEUs earned by successfully completing that course.

The International Association for Continuing Education & Training (IACET) is the organization that establishes these standards. Sara Meier, executive director, states “IACET grew out of a national task force on continuing education and training commissioned by the Department of Education in 1968. The task force developed the CEU and determined universal guidelines for continuing education and training.”

IACET sets the standards and assists organizations in creating and administering the programs that provide their member professionals with their individual continuing education opportunities. NICA follows these standards now, preparing for the ultimate goal of achieving accreditation in the future.

Some inventory professionals choose not to work towards certification, but see the value in continuing education none-the-less. All industry professionals are welcome to take any of the courses offered here. If you choose to become certified at a later date, these CEU-qualified courses, seminars, and webinars will be able to be applied toward your certification.

23 Dec 2013

Goal Getting – Creating Your Blueprint for Success

GoalGetterPkgCoverandCDsTiltGoal Getting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future and for motivating yourself to turn your vision of the future into reality.

In short, the process of setting goals is just the beginning to choose where you want to go. By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you know where you have to concentrate your attention and efforts.

Are you not making the progress towards your yearly goals like you wanted? “People don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan.” That is a statement that is unfortunately overused too much by too many, but the fact is, failing to plan is in effect planning to fail. You develop that plan through goal setting.

Goal Setting DOES NOT Guarantee Goal Getting!

Goal Getting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future and for motivating yourself to turn your vision of the future into reality. In short, the process of setting goals is just the beginning to choose where you want to go and by knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you know where you have to concentrate your attention and efforts.

What you will learn about Goal-Getting

– The Goal-Setting strategy used by super-goal achievers.
– A step-by-step, Goal-Getting process that can be implemented immediately.
– A Goal-Getting strategy that they can use to break through any barriers to their goal-achieving success.

Get the 2 audio files (more than 90 minutes), book, and worksheets presented by highly acclaimed and sought after coaches and training professionals, Jack Klemeyer and Tommy B. Richardson.