Thursday, June 27, 2013

SIMA previews ASM program at Symposium







"Our membership felt there was strong need for in-depth training for operations and field managers, as well as individual operators--those with boots on the ground, so to speak."

By Cheryl Higley
Seeking to offer a rigorous, qualitative training program for snow management operators, SIMA is launching its new Advanced Snow Management certificate training program this fall. It unveiled a preview of the program during the 16th Annual Snow Snow & Ice  Symposium.

The program has been in the serious development stages for more than 18 months, and the instructional content has been created in concert with American National Standards Institute guidelines. SIMA has worked with a curriculum development expert and a  stakeholder advisory group made up of SIMA committee members, industry experts, insurance companies and end users to develop the program.

While SIMA currently has appx. 200 Certified Snow Professionals, that designation is geared for owners and high-level management. SIMA is hopeful that the ASM program will fill a void in the industry.

Phill Sexton, director or education and outreach for SIMA says "Our membership felt there was strong need for in-depth training for operations and field managers, as well as individual operators--those with boots on the ground, so to speak."

The ASM program will be available online 24/7 and includes four online training certificate courses:

   Safety & Core Principles
   Sidewalk Operations
   Plowing Operations
   Ice Management

Safety & Core Principles is a required prerequisite. Once that module is passed, operators can choose to take any or all of the remaining certificate courses. Those who pass all four will earn the Advanced Snow Manager designation.

To learn more about Advanced Snow Management, contact SIMA at 414-375-1940.

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