An NAHC affiliate, the RCM program strengthens cooperative housing management, helping the profession achieve ever-increasing higher professional standards. After successfully completing coursework and a certification exam, managers are awarded the designation, which demonstrates that they meet the RCM standards of excellence, understanding, and achievement in the area of cooperative housing management. The RCM curriculum focuses on general knowledge of housing cooperatives; renews a commitment to the principles of cooperative housing, codifies the ethics of cooperative housing management, and improves housing management practices.
Specifically, the RCM curriculum covers three areas fundamental to cooperative managers: ethics, business and the history of housing cooperatives.
- Ethical Practices for Cooperative Management reviews ethical considerations and requirements for an RCM and the Cooperative Board of Directors.
- The Business of Housing Cooperatives outlines the structure and business of housing cooperatives from their formation to management. A specific review of the cooperative’s corporate documents gives participants a perspective about factors – including governance — that influence the success of a cooperative.
- The History of Housing offers participants a perspective of cooperative housing that focuses on the underlying principles of cooperation and a history of modern cooperatives. The module covers the work of the Rochdale pioneers, considered the founders of the cooperative principles. These pioneers created a food cooperative in Rochdale, England in 1844. This module examines significant government and nongovernment initiatives and their impact on the cooperative housing industry.