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Business Management Institute (BMI) Programs

In the early 1980s, CMAA’s leaders saw the need for a formal academic program for club industry professionals. Taking into consideration that managers at all phases of their careers need instruction, education or inspiration, the concept of the “lifetime professional development program” was born. The vision was realized as a multi-campus-based program that provides tangible career benchmarks by which managers can track their progress and strive for various levels of competency, including a respected certification. These on campus programs became known as the Business Management Institute (BMI) programs. CMAA currently offers the following BMI programs:

Joe Perdue Certification Review Course

Please Note: It is recommended that managers take this course when they are within one year of eligibility to take the certification exam.

The Certification Review Course is designed to aid managers in their preparation for the CCM exam but should not take the place of individual study and preparation. To take the CCM exam, members must file a petition with the CMAA National Headquarters. An optional sixth day is provided for fully-qualified students to take the exam.

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November 18–23, 2024 (FULL)
Register: January 20-23, 2025 [VIRTUAL]

BMI General Manager/Chief Operating Officer

This program introduces and expounds upon the GM/COO Concept. Learn how to operate your club as a business and be perceived as its leader. Understand the responsibilities and characteristics of a true GM/COO and review the competency areas required for you to achieve the success you desire.

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October 14-18, 2024 (FULL)

Register: March 31-April 4, 2025
Register: September 22-26, 2025
Register: November 3-7, 2025

BMI Club Management

This five-day, 40-hour, intensive session is designed for managers with a desire to explore the basic elements of their profession in a comprehensive manner. The program takes a tangible, hands-on approach to the subject matter.

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September 16-20, 2024 (FULL)
October 7-11, 2024 (FULL)

Register: September 15-19, 2025
Register: October 6-10, 2025

BMI Leadership Principles

Designed for managers seeking an opportunity to develop their leadership, management and critical thinking skills, BMI Leadership Principles can benefit managers at all phases of career development—from rising stars to senior-level executives.

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October 7-11, 2024 (FULL)

Register: January 13-17, 2025
Register: March 31–April 4, 2025
Register: October 6-10, 2025

BMI Tactical Leadership

This course explores tactics for enhancing your management style and tapping into your leadership potential.

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October 21-25, 2024 (FULL)
Register: October 13-17, 2025

BMI Strategic Leadership

This course focuses on strategic management for club managers.

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Register: July 15-19, 2024
Register: November 4-8, 2024
Register: July 14-18, 2025
Register: November 3-7, 2025

BMI Golf Management

This program includes visits to some of the finest clubs in the world. The Club at Admirals Cove in Jupiter, FL, will host attendees in lodging rooms on the property, as well as many of the classroom lectures. During the week, instruction and club tours will include visits to The Club at Ibis and The Country Club at Mirasol. Course content will include sessions on important topics from world class presenters from The PGA of America, USGA, GCSAA and industry experts.

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May 6-10, 2024 (FULL)
September 23-27, 2024 (FULL)

Register: May 5-9, 2025

Register: September 22-26, 2025

BMI Food & Beverage Management

Developed with funding from The Club Foundation, this program provides you with an in-depth look at food and beverage operations from a management and control perspective.

Attendees will have the opportunity to visit River Oaks Country Club, Houston Country Club and 8th Wonder Brewery. A wine tasting and a beer and cheese tasting will also be included in the schedule.

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September 30-October 4, 2024 (FULL)

Register: April 7-11, 2025
Register: October 6-10, 2025

BMI Sports & Recreation Management

This five-day, 40-hour, intensive program is designed for managers to explore and lead all aspects of the club’s recreational features and offerings in a comprehensive manner. Like the other BMI programs, this program takes a tangible, hands-on approach to the subject matter.

The program will be held annually in January and hosted at the premier clubs in the Scottsdale, AZ, area. The curriculum will be multifaceted including the management, staffing, liability, and specific concerns for all areas of sport and recreation within a club.

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Register: January 6-10, 2025

BMI Wine and Food Experience

Whether you're a seasoned wine connoisseur or a curious beginner, this is an experience you won't soon forget.

The 2023 Wine and Food Experience took place in Sonoma in October. Information will be available here when the next one is scheduled.

BMI International

Presented in conjunction with CMAE, BMI International is an educational and cultural experience designed specifically for club management professionals. Join us in Switzerland in 2024!

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Register: October 14-19, 2024

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