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2017 NASC Sports Event Symposium in Sacramento, CA

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.

The program has been completely revised for 2016 and beyond. Online courses will be offered for the first time.

Q. What will I learn?
A. You will be provided with cutting edge knowledge about all of the topics relevant to the sport tourism industry. Sessions will cover a variety of topics that will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your daily operations.

Q. Why do the courses 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 courses offered?
A. Two live courses are offered each year: Spring and Fall. The Spring module is held each April in conjunction with the NASC Sports Event Symposium and the second in conjunction with NASC Market Segment Meetings.

Q. Can I audit or observe the courses?
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 course, 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 courses when details are available. You may participate in as many courses as you wish, at your own pace.

All new participants must complete all three core courses, which will be offered online.

Q. How long will it take me to complete certification?
A. You can earn up to eight (8) credits per year if you attend both the Spring and Fall courses.  Those members that are eligible for "Grandfather" status have to earn less credits and therefore become certified more quickly. Participants will also earn four credits for each completed online course.

Q. What are the requirements for certification?
A. For Standard participants, the requirements for certification are as follows: 1) earn 32 credits, 2) have at least five years of experience in the sport tourism industry at the time of graduation, 3) be employed by a member organization in good standing throughout the entire process of certification and 4) pay the fees required for each course.

For Grandfather participants the requirements for certification are as follows: 1) earn twenty credits, 2) have ten or more years' experience in a leadership position in the sport tourism industry at the time of enrollment in the CSEE program, 3) be employed by a member organization in good standing throughout the entire process of certification and 4) pay the fees required for each course.

Q. How are credits earned?
A. Credits can be obtained in two ways:
1) Attend a live course (4 credits)
2) Complete an online course (4 credits)

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 sport tourism industry in a leadership position that includes bidding on and hosting sports 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 sport tourism 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 sport tourism industry specific experience, is required. Years of experience must be verified upon admission to the program.

Q. What is the fastest track to my CSEE designation?
A. Earning your CSEE credential is not a race to the finish line.  The knowledge obtained through the courses, and the experience gained through your employment by a NASC member organization are part of the process.  If you are “grandfathered” you could earn your credential in about two years. Standard participants could become credentialed in about three years.

Q. How do I sign up?
A. When a course is not currently open to accepting registrations, complete an Enrollment Form.  Or you can register for a course and be automatically enrolled in the program.

Q. How do I register for a course?
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. Each course (live and online) is $400.

Q. How late can I sign up (and pay the fee) to attend the next course?
A. Online registration will be available for each course 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 course begins. Online courses will be offered for limited periods of time each year. Ample notice will be provided.

Q. This seems like a substantial commitment on my part.
A. Yes, it is.  Adding the CSEE credential to your professional resume will prove valuable to you and your employer.

Q. Once I earn my credential, how do I maintain my certification?
A. For recertification, CSEE graduates must complete at least one course offered annually (live or online).

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