Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why did the NASC launch this program?
A. Since its inception, the NASC has been dedicated to raising the standards of professionalism in the industry. Discussion concerning establishment of our own branded certification program began as early as 1995. The first steps toward our own program began in 1999 when a series of professional development seminars in conjunction with the annual and semi-annual meetings was instituted. These continued through 2000 and 2001, for a total of six seminars over three years. In addition, the NASC Professional Development Committee has worked closely with staff on the development of the program. The committee will continue to monitor each set of modules as they are presented. This will help ensure continued relevance to your day-to-day operations.
Q. What will I learn?
A. You will be provided with cutting edge knowledge about all of the topics relevant to the sports event industry. Sessions will cover a variety of topics that will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your daily operations.
Q. Why do the modules cost extra?
A. A survey of NASC members produced a consensus that most CSEE training should be held in conjuction with our existing meeting schedule. Thus, stipends and travel expenses must be provided to our presenters.
Q. How often are modules held?
A. Two modules are held each year: Spring and Fall. The Spring module is held each April in conjunction with the NASC Sports Event Symposium and the second in the Fall.
Q. Can I audit or observe the modules of training?
A. No. Only NASC members in good standing who have registered for the certification process and paid the registration fees may attend.
Q. If I register for one module, am I committing to complete the entire program?
A. No. You may enter, leave and re-enter the program at any time. However, you are required to meet all of the requirements before you become certified.
Q. When can I enroll in the CSEE Program?
A. Participants are invited, and encouraged, to join the program at any time! The program has been developed to allow for members to join at any time and work to complete the requirements at their own pace. All you need to do is fill out a registration form and you will be notified of all upcoming Modules when details are available. You may participate in as many Modules as you wish, at your own pace.
Q. How long will it take me to complete certification?
A. You can earn up to two (2) credits per year if you attend both the Spring and Fall Modules. Furthermore, one additional credit can be obtained if you have earned your Masters Degree in Sports Administration/Management/Marketing. Those members that are eligible for "Grandfather" status have to earn less credits and therefore become certified quicker.
Q. What are the requirements for certification?
A. For Standard participants, the requirements for certification are as follows: 1) earn eight credits, 2) have at least five years' experience in the sports event industry at the time of graduation, 3) be a member in good standing throughout the entire process of certification and 4) pay the fees required for each module.
For Grandfather participants the requirements for certification are as follows: 1) earn five credits, 2) have ten or more years' experience in a leadership position in the sports event industry at the time of enrollment in the CSEE program, 3) be a member in good standing throughout the entire process of certification and 4) pay the fees required for each module.
Q. How are credits earned?
A. Credits can be obtained in three ways:
1) By attending the CSEE Spring Module (1 Credit)
2) By attending the CSEE Fall Module (1 Credit)
3) If you have earned your Masters Degree in Sports Administration/Management/Marketing and can demonstrate event experience (Degree = 1 Credit).
Q. What do I need to do to have one (1) credit applied for my Masters Degree in Sports Administration/Management/Marketing?
A. You will need to send a copy of your diploma along with a statement of event experience earned while studying for your Masters Degree to the NASC office. You will be notified when the one (1) credit has been applied.
Q. What is “grandfather” status and how do I qualify?
A. The CSEE Program offers “grandfather” status for those with ten (10) or more cumulative years in the sports event industry in a position(s) that includes bidding and hosting sporting events. This does not include major or minor league sports, collegiate athletics, media or other positions that are in the sports business but not in the sports event industry.
Q. For Grandfather Status, how and when do I prove my "10 Years of Experience" requirement?
A. In order to demonstrate 10 years of experience, a professional resume including employment history and sports event industry specific experience, is required. Years of experience must be proved upon admission to the program.
Q. What is the fastest track to my CSEE designation?
A. The CSEE Program is not a race to the finish line. The knowledge obtained through the modules, and the experience gained through your employment by a NASC member organization are part of the process. If you are “grandfathered” you can earn your designation in two and a half years, standard participants require four years (this pace requires attendance at both modules offered per year).
Half a year can be deducted if you have earned your Masters Degree in Sports Administration/Management/Marketing as you can earn one (1) credit towards your certification for this accomplishment.
Q. How do I sign up?
A. When a module is not currently open to accepting registrations, complete an Enrollment Form. Or you can register for a Module and you will be automatically enrolled in the program.
Q. How do I register for each individual module?
A. Each enrolled CSEE participant will receive, a few months before the next module, information on that module and instructions on how to register.
Q. How much does it cost?
A. The current cost is $300 and includes snacks and beverages throughout.
Q. How late can I sign up (and pay the fee) to attend the next module?
A. Online registration will be available for each module a few months prior and the cut off is generally two weeks before the Module. Remember your dues must also be paid to attend any certification training, which can also be done at any time until the sessions begin.
Q. This seems like a substantial commitment on my part.
A. Yes, it is. Adding CSEE to your professional resume will prove valuable to you and your employer.
Q. Once I complete my certification, what are the continuing education requirements to maintain my certification?
A. In order to maintain your active CSEE designation, you are required to earn a minimum of one continuing education credit per year and remain an active member of the NASC. You can earn your continuing education credit by attending one of the two modules offered each year (Spring and Fall).