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NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association provides high-quality, timely telecommunications-related education and training to member managers, directors, and employees in the form of seminars, conferences, concurrent sessions and round table discussion groups at NTCA meetings and in stand-alone venues. The association offers online training programs as well.

The association also provides a full complement of consulting services to help member companies in the areas of human resources and board development.

To provide high quality, topical telecommunications-related education and training to member general managers, directors, and employees at significant savings over commercially available training, NTCA holds Educational Seminars on such topics as management, board of director responsibilities, technical, legislative, regulatory, finance and accounting, customer relations, legal, and human resources.

NTCA also holds a number of additional events through the year, including the Annual Meeting and Expo, spring Legislative and Policy Conference, Summer Business Conference, Pre-Retirement Seminars, Trustee meetings, NTCA Board Meetings, NTCA Committee Meetings, a Legal Seminar and a Finance and Accounting Conference.

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Revised NTCA Certificate Program
Frequently Asked Questions


How will the new certificate credit system work?

You are automatically enrolled in one of the three certificate programs when you register for your first NTCA conference/seminar. Each certificate has a certain number of credit hours in various subject areas that must be obtained in order to complete the program. Once all of the credits have been met, you will receive a copy of your certificate in the mail.


How can I track my credits?

For assistance with transcript contents, NTCA's certificate programs, or general transcript questions contact membership@ntca.org, 703-351-2118.


Why did NTCA overhaul the certificate programs?

In an ongoing effort to provide continued value for our members, NTCA wanted to modernize the certificate program and bring it up to today's standards with built-in flexibility. Today's members are taking courses online, via webcasts, and at face-to-face conferences and events. Further, the program format needed to be restructured to facilitate a broader range of sessions and subject areas that NTCA attendees are learning about today. Now, our Telecom Executive Certificate (formerly General Manager Certificate), Director Core Curriculum Certificate and Key Employee Certificate will require fewer credits, in most cases, to complete. NTCA's diversified content delivered at today's programs will fit into defined areas of study, which will give you greater flexibility when working to complete your certificate.


What will happen to credits that I already earned?

You will not lose any credits that you already have. All the courses you have taken will be converted to corresponding courses in the new system. The only change you will notice is that the new course numbering system is slightly different than before. From the 2013 Fall Conference onward, the new course numbers will be used for tracking certificate candidates. If you have received conference information from NTCA that contains the new course numbers and need to know what old course numbers those correspond to fulfill your certificate, download the course numbering reference chart.


What other changes are happening with the program?

One other change that CEOs and general managers should be aware of is that the former General Manager Certificate is now called the Telecom Executive Certificate. This change was made to recognize the diverse group of industry leaders who are going by titles such as CEO, owner, partner and general manager.

Questions? Contact membership@ntca.org


Speaker PresentationsNEW!
Tuesday, September 8
1:00–4:00 p.m. Pre-conference Workshop:
Introduction to Telecom Finance
Gregg Amend, Partner, Moss Adams LLP, Spokane, Wash.
4:00–6:00 p.m. Registration
Wednesday, September 9
7:00–8:00 a.m. Networking Continental Breakfast and Registration
8:00–8:10 a.m. Welcome
Scott Reiter, Director of Industry Relations, NTCA, Arlington, Va.
8:10–10:00 a.m. General Session: Key Note
Creating Enduring Connections: Build Rapport, Relationships and Connect
Arnold Sanow, MBA, CSP, Reston, Va.
10:00–10::15 a.m. Break
10:15–11:00 a.m. General Session
Washington Update
Scott Reiter, Director of Industry Relations, NTCA, Arlington, Va.
Rick Schadelbauer, Economist, NTCA, Arlington, Va.
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. General Session
Understanding Your Communications Style and How to Adapt it to Persuade, Motivate and Influence
Arnold Sanow, MBA, CSP, Reston, Va.
12:00–1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00–1:50 p.m. Concurrent Sessions (Track One)
1A. Increasing Revenue Through Creative Pricing
Rod Ballard, Principal, Jackson Thornton & Co., Montgomery, Ala.

1B. Cash Flow Management In Turbulent Economic Times
Jeff Gough, Division Manager, GVNW Consulting, Denver, Colo.

1C. Focus on the Future
Kim Stumpp, Director of Client Relations and Marketing, Consortia Consulting, Omaha, Neb.
1:50–2:40 p.m. Concurrent Sessions (Track One Repeats)
2:40–2:55 p.m. Break
2:55–3:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions (Track Two)
2A. Contracts and Agreements from an Accounting Perspective
Steve Meltzer, Vice President, Operations, John Staurulakis, Inc., Greenbelt, Md.

2B. Implementing and Maintaining Effective Internal Controls
Mike Smith, Director of Finance, and Kellie Klein, Controller, NTCA, Arlington, Va.

2C. Benefits Update (NO REPEAT)
Sheridan Wangler, Vice Presidents of Field Services, NTCA, Arlington, Va.
4:00–4:55 p.m. Concurrent Sessions (Track Two Repeats) 2A and 2B only
4:55–6:00 p.m. Welcome Reception
Thursday, September 10
7:00–8:00 a.m. Networking and Continental Breakfast
8:00–9:45 a.m. Keynote
Leadership and Conflict Management: Our Values Define Behavior
David Gerber, President, Synergy Development & Training LLC, Springfield, Va.
9:45–10:00 a.m. Break
10:00–11:00 a.m. General Session
ID Theft 911: The Cost of Securing the Workplace
Judd Rousseau, Chief Fraud Officer, Identity Theft 911, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Dan Taylor, CPCU, ARC, AIC, Client Relations Manager, Identity Theft 911, Greenwood, Ind
11:00–11:45 a.m. General Session
FCC and Small Telcos
Jonathan P. Claffey, RUS Assistant Deputy Administrator, Washington, D.C.
11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Lunch–on your own
12:45–1:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions (Track Three)
3A. Understanding Emotional Intelligence and Conflict Management Strategies
David Gerber, President, Synergy Development & Training LLC, Springfield, Va.

3B. Managing the Latest Risk: Wage and Hour Violations
Brian Blahnik, Senior Consultant, Kiesling Associates LLP, Madison, Wis.

3C. Economic Stimulus and Rural Broadband Buildout: Fact or Fiction for Community-Based Providers
Brian Sullivan, CPA, Director, Revenue Requirements, John Staurulakis, Inc., Greenbelt, Md.

2:00–3:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions (Track Three Repeats)
3:00–3:15 p.m. Break
3:15–4:05 p.m. Concurrent Sessions (Track Four)
4A. Balanced Score Card: A Management Tool
Albert Bodamer, Principal, Bodamer Consulting, Alpharetta, Ga.

4B. Accounting for Broadband Assets, Group Accounting Methods & Depreciation
Kathy Jackson, CPA, Senior Audit Manager, Curtis Blakely & Co., Longview, Texas (presentation #2)

4C. CPNI and Red Flag Rules: The Accounting Procedure
Nancy Nowak, Esq., President, U-Tech, Centennial, Colo. (presentation #2)

4:15–5:05 p.m. Concurrent Sessions (Track Four Repeats)
7:00–9:00 p.m. Tour: Monuments by Night
Friday, September 11
7:00–8:00 a.m. Networking and Continental Breakfast and Registration
8:00–9:00 a.m. Keynote
Leading Through Turbulent Times
Rod Ballard, Principal, Jackson Thornton & Co., Montgomery, Ala.
9:00–10:00 a.m. General Session
Benchmarking and Management Reporting
Rick Betts, CPA, CMA, Partner, Moss Adams LLP, Portland, Ore.
10:00–10:15 a.m. Break
10:15–11:15 a.m. General Session
Top 10 Predictions That Could Affect the Telecom Industry
Kent Larsen, Senior Vice President, Financial Services, CHR Solutions, Dallas, Texas
11:15–12:15 p.m. General Session
Finding Capital in a Tough Economy
Roger Opp, Vice President, CoBank, Portland, Maine
William Brown, CPA, Principal, Berry Dunn McNeil & Parker, Portland, Maine

General Managers & Boards

NTCA provides high-quality, timely telecommunications-related education and training to member managers, directors, and employees in the form of seminars, conferences, concurrent sessions and round table discussion groups at NTCA meetings and in stand-alone venues. The association offers online training programs as well.

The association also provides a full complement of consulting services to help member companies in the areas of human resources and board development.

 

Technical Professionals

 

For those focused on the technology and technical aspects of rural telecommunications, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association has products and services to meet your information and resource needs. For those employees focused on the technical side of the telecom business, take advantage of the following:

 

Financial Professionals

NTCA offers training and development and resources in every area of expertise in your organization. Expand your team’s knowledge and skill level to help take your business to the next level of success. NTCA’s learning opportunities are available online, in print or onsite. NTCA programs offer credits, advanced learning, case studies and networking. You and your staff can get all that you need to advance your career from NTCA.

Finance and Accounting

Continuing Professional Education
NTCA offers Continuing Professional Education (CPE) hours for its annual Finance and Accounting Conference and a few select standalone events.

Finance and Accounting Conference
The annual Finance & Accounting Conference includes a variety of general sessions, roundtable discussions and concurrent breakout sessions about telecommunications accounting, financing, telco financial policies, business planning principles and regulatory trends. The program qualifies for continuing professional education (CPE) credits under the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), and typically offers 18 credit hours.

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