Management Certification

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Laboratory animal resource managers face many challenges, including an increasingly multicultural workforce, rapidly changing technology, and ever-changing regulations and institutional policies. The Certified Manager of Animal Resources (CMAR) program is designed to raise competency and professionalism in the field of laboratory animal resources management.

The benefits of becoming CMAR certified:

  • You will be recognized as an industry professional
  • Employers often consider certification credentials as a factor in promotions or hiring
  • Certification helps managers evaluate strengths and weaknesses
  • Employees engaged in certification usually have greater longevity in the profession
  • Certification builds confidence and improves performance
                                 

The CMAR designation involves a series of  examinations: Presently it consists of three exams arranged via an organization called the Institute for Certified Professional Managers (ICPM), and the Animal Resources Exam offered by AALAS. Coming in late 2018 or early 2019 AALAS is offering an alternative to the 3 CM exams from ICPM. A new management module complete with a new Management Training Manual (available now). Two general Management Exams, M1 & M2 will be covered in the new manual. This offers the candidate the option of completing a total of 4 exams if they choose the CMs from ICPM or a total of 3 exams if they choose to take the M1 & M2 Exams with AALAS both options will include the Animal Resource (AR) Exam.  Laboratory Animal Management Association (LAMA) is also a sponsor of the CMAR program and offers the education training for all the exams. Contact info@lama-online.org for  more information.

In order to maintain their CMAR designation, CMAR recipients will have biannual requirements of a re-certification fee and a specified number of continuing education credits.