ICMI Unveils Next-Generation Call Center Professional Certification, Setting the Standard for Excellence in Contact Center Leadership and Management

CIAC Certification Offers Industry New Competencies, Training and Assessments

Apr 17, 2012, 11:30 ET from International Customer Management Institute (ICMI)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Customer Management Institute (ICMI) today unveiled the next-generation of CIAC Certification, the industry standard for professional excellence in contact center leadership and management. This first of its kind certification is the only industry-recognized and accredited credential that develops and validates the competency of contact center professionals. The certification reflects the challenges of contact center professionals and cultivates a new breed of leaders and managers who create and sustain high performance contact centers that consistently deliver outstanding service, optimize customer value and contribute to business goals.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120417/AQ88417)

To help contact center professionals and organizations worldwide achieve excellence, ICMI and the Call Center Industry Advisory Council (CIAC), an international group of contact center practitioners and industry subject matter experts, identified role-specific knowledge, skills and attributes/competencies that underlie superior contact center job performance. The resulting competency training and testing are focused on knowledge as well as the ability to apply it in a real-world environment.

ICMI has been a licensed provider of training for CIAC Certification since the program's introduction in 2003.  In 2011, ICMI began exclusively managing the CIAC Certification program.

"ICMI is proud to play a part in elevating the profession of contact center management through CIAC Certification," said Brad Cleveland, ICMI Senior Advisor.  "Designed by the industry, for the industry, CIAC Certification prepares call center managers and executives for customer service excellence."

Global in scope and definition, the competencies are applicable to contact center strategic leaders and operations managers in organizations of every business type and size.  The competencies are modeled to drive results-based outcomes and in-depth conceptual and practical comprehension and application of all aspects of contact center business, strategy and operations. The competencies are categorized into four domains of contact center management responsibilities:  Leadership; People; Customers; and Operations & Technology.

Ninety-nine percent of surveyed CIAC-Certified professionals say they are more effective managers of operations and processes because they have completed the CIAC Certification process. "Given the increased complexity of technology, the greater demands of customers, and the abundance of competitors, it makes good business sense for every call center manager or executive, regardless of industry, to pursue this important credential," said Lisa Minear, CIAC-Certified Operations Manager, American Automobile Association (AAA).

The CIAC Certification competencies specify job role-specific knowledge, skills and abilities for superior leadership and management of a contact center. Achieving CIAC Certification requires mastery-level competence of job role responsibilities; validation of professional competence through rigorous testing of knowledge and skills; and recertification that ensures up-to-date competency and promotes commitment to continuous learning and improvement. 

"The CIAC Certification standard has been updated to reflect the challenges of today's contact center professional," said Linda Riggs, Strategic Training Director, ICMI.  "In an era where customer expectations – and the consequences of not meeting them – have never been higher service excellence is essential for contact center professionals to be at the top of their game."

For additional information on the CIAC Certification, visit: www.icmi.com/ciac

About ICMI
The International Customer Management Institute (ICMI) is the leading global provider of comprehensive resources for customer management professionals – from frontline agents to executives – who wish to improve customer experiences and increase efficiencies at every level of the contact center. Since 1985, ICMI has helped more than 50,000 organizations in 167 countries through training, events, certification, consulting, and informational resources. ICMI's experienced and dedicated team of industry insiders, trainers, and consultants are committed to helping you raise the strategic value of your contact center, optimize your operations and improve your customer service. For more information, visit www.icmi.com.

ICMI is a part of UBM (www.ubm.com), a global live media and B2B communications, marketing service and data provider.

SOURCE International Customer Management Institute (ICMI)