Certifications and Training

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Internationally Recognized Professional Certifications

The IdeasAmerica Association's primary objective in providing certification programs is to improve the image, role and effectiveness of administrators and managers of idea, involvement and innovation systems. 

Certified Administrator of Suggestion Systems (CASS)

Is available to IA members.Currently, on-site certification training is offered in conjunction with the IA Annual Conference.  The next training and recertification will be provided offered at our next Training and Networking conference in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Recertification will also be available to take on-line through-out the year. You will be able to register for this program with your Annual Conference Registration

Certified Manager of Suggestion Systems

Established and administered by IdeasAmerica, the CMSS certification program is intended for those professionals who are currently working in  the employee involvement/suggestion field.  While that work  may not always be exclusively with suggestion systems, it is expected that work in the field be the individual's main activity.

CASS Certifications

CASS Program Objectives

  •  Establish professional standards of excellence
  • Assist management in recruiting, selecting and evaluating personnel  
  • Provide a means for qualified individuals to receive professional recognition for the knowledge of the principles and practices  
  • Stimulate greater pride and satisfaction
  • Identify principles and ethical practices for suggestion systems and expand knowledge and improve performance


 

CASS attendees receive 6-hours of classroom instruction (prior to testing) to receive their certification. CASS training is recommended for administrators and others working with employee suggestion programs. 

CASS CERTIFICATION RECIPIENTS

CASS Certification Recipients 2019

Congratulations to those who received their training and certification at the AI Summit in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.


From Left to Right: Mike Richards (Huntington Ingalls), Joe Schenk (Quality Bridge), Brenda Kelly, IA President (Instructor), and Isaac Chapman (Quality Bridge).



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CASS CERTIFICATION RECIPIENTS

CASS Certification Recipients 2018

Congratulations to those who received their training and certification at the IA Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Front Row: Left to Right:  Mathias Neuroff, Blake Leaphart. Roland Rausch, Shiquita Wells, Kelly Flynn, Angela Ramos, Kathy Banks, Suzy Clark (Instructor) and Brenda Kelly (Instructor) 







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CASS Certificate Recipients

CASS Certification Recipients 2017

  

 Congratulations to those who received their training and certification at the IA Summit in Mesa, Arizona. 


First Row, Top to Bottom: Johan Lengl, Shanna Cummings, David Dobbins, Georganne Fok, and Shirley Israel. Second Row, Top to Bottom: Sadin Al Falasi, Islam Fakhri Mohd Abuhamdah, Brenda Kelly (Instructor), and Laura Barsh Third Row, Top to Bottom: David Fisher, Kimberly Brown, Kim Martinez, Bryan Miletta, Lowell Kriser

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CASS Certification Recipients

CASS Certification Recipients 2016

 

Congratulations to those who received their training and certification at the IA Summit in Atlanta, Georgia.


Front Row: Joi Silver (Integrated Manufacturing & Assembly), Mahasal Khan (EGA), Katie Biehl (Morton Salt), Shanna Cummings (Harris Health Systems)

Back Row: Khalid Al Zarooni (Dubai Customs), Veronica Thomas (Savannah River Nuculear Solutions), Dave Sharpley (Asama Coldwater Mfg.), Suzi Clark (BMW), Brenda Kelly (IA President & CASS Insructor/Savannah River Nuclear Solutions), Andrea Kelley (IA Director & CASS Instructor/Harris Health Sytems), Diana Allen (IA Treasurer & CASS Instructor).

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CASS Certification Recipients

CASS Certification Recipients 2015

 

Congratulations to those who received their training and certification at the IA Summit in Baltimore, Maryland.


Front Row: Eng. Amel Al Hammdi (DEWA), Eng. Maryam Al Neaimi (DEWA), Diana Allen (SHOWA) and Brenda Kelly (SRNS) (CASS Facilitators), Second Row: Irfan Shahid (DEWA), Deanna Goodlove,(SRNS), Sami Essa (Dubai Customs), Manoj Philip (Almajdouie Holding Co.), Third Row: Kelly Flynn(Asama Coldwater, Mfg. Inc.), Maher Al Sayed Ali (Emirates Transport), Mohammed I Sonqi (DEWA), Fourth Row: Khahlid Ahmed (Dubai Customs), Swamynathan Subramanian (DEWA), Matthias Nehrhoff (Continental AG), Top Row: Eng. Matar Suhail Al Mheiri (DEWA) and Joe Legge (SRNS).

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Basic Concepts Training and Program Assessment

Basic Concepts for Employee Involvement Programs

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 Basic Concepts answers questions about how your organization can drive innovation, engage your employees, and ways to further develop your innovation/suggestion program performance.  We can also provide this training at your own site.   Contact IA office to make necessary arrangements.

Basic Concepts Program Assessment

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 The Assessment Program provides a comprehensive review of every aspect of your employee involvement program and helps you to determine how your program ranks compared with platinum standards of program effectiveness.  Contact the IA office to make necessary arrangements