The CCMA Certification Committee was formed Oct. 24 at the annual conference in Riverside. Seven members were appointed, with George Eachus of Orange County being chosen as the chairperson. Since George's retirement on July 5, 2007, the committee has not designated another chairperson or adopted any formal structure, but it continues to serve at the pleasure of the CCMA officers for the purpose of developing a certification program for cadastral mappers in California. When an official certification program is finally developed and approved by both the CCMA membership and the CAA, details and materials will be available at this web site. Until then, news and updates are posted below.
May 2, 2007: The first draft of a voluntary, point-based certification program was submitted to the CAA Education Committee at the 2007 Central/ Southern Assessors’ Conference in Santa Barbara. The minutes from this meeting report as follows:
"Discussion was held regarding the letter of request received from the California Cadastral Mapping Association Certification Committee Chair, George K. Eachus, P.E., for review, discussion and guidelines of the cadastral Mapping Professional Certification Program, and consideration of forwarding an action item to the CAA Executive Committee. Some concerns were the absence of a test or demonstration requirement. General classifications used to cover areas in an assessor’s office, mapping, change in ownership, other areas which offer administrative advantage, specialization within the union environment and its implications, and certain definitions needed of terms within the proposal. There is, for example, an optional test for Recorder-Clerks, which some have taken. There is a difference between informal certification, personal certification and legally sanctioned certification. Another term may be advisable to use since the Assessor’s offices certification refers to “legal” certification. Support for professionalization, education and continuing education, and benefits for staff to achieve this level. It was observed that the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) has a cadastral mapping designation model that might be used. Although courses are offered out of state, the structure might be replicated. Job skills, job descriptions, job technical knowledge has changed and increased and certification makes sense. It is good for morale, but should not be too easy. Should work in conjunction with the State. Motion made by Mark, Second by Dan to distribute the CCMA proposed certification program to all 58 assessors to request review, comments and survey, any concerns there might be. Responses will be discussed and addressed at the next CAA Education Committee scheduled in August 2007 at Squaw Valley. Approved 5-0"
Aug. 21-22, 2007: The CAA met at a conference at Squaw Valley where Randy Worley, CCMA President 2007, presented the proposed certification program and answered questions from Assessors. The Assessors then discussed the issue and expressed their concerns and offered some suggestions on how we could proceed. The details are summarized in a letter from the CAA.
Oct. 17, 2008: The CCMA Certification Committee was called to a meeting at the annual conference at Sacramento by Bret Keesler of San Bernardino County. Jim Isbell (Kern) was appointed to replace Steve Wolfinger (San Luis Obispo), and Sal Duran (San Benito) was added to the group.