Safety and Soundness Certification
Certified Examinations Manager (CEM)
The CEM certification is step 4 in the CSBS bank safety and soundness credentialing program for those who have managerial and/or supervisory responsibilities. Candidates for the CEM designation must provide evidence of the following:
- Completion of a minimum of five (5) years employment with a state regulatory agency including one (1) year of on-the-job service and training related to a management/supervisory role (e.g., Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, Chief Examiner, etc.).
- Satisfactory completion of the following course offerings or their equivalent:
- Course requirements for the COE, CCE, and CEIC designations and
- CSBS LEAD School (formerly, Senior School) or
- Advanced management training (including in-house programs) or
- Graduate School of Banking or
- University graduate programs, particularly those focusing on banking, economics, finance, and/or business
- Attestation of successful job performance and mastery of appropriate job-related skills by the applicant's direct supervisor or another individual familiar with the applicant's performance.
The applicant's direct supervisor must provide at least "meets expectations" ratings in the following competencies; additionally, the supervisor's supporting narrative assessment must provide detailed and unique examples of the applicant's performance in these competencies:
TECHNICAL - Provides effective leadership and organization to the department by:
- Effectively supervising personnel to ensure adherence to all procedures and policies
- Monitoring senior examination personnel to ensure department mission, goals, and responsibilities are being met
- Effectively organizing and delegating assignments
- Effectively supervising the entire examination process
- Effectively providing for personnel management in the areas of budgeting, recruiting, training, team-building, negotiation, motivation, coaching/counseling, performance evaluation, and disciplinary actions
- Effectively participating in departmental policy formulation and strategic planning
CONCEPTUAL - Provides effective supervision of the overall activities of financial institutions by:
- Effectively determining financial institution condition from completed reports of examination
- Effectively administering appropriate departmental response from examination findings
LEGAL/COMPLIANCE - Effectively demonstrates knowledge of policies, procedures, laws, rules and regulations.
HUMAN RELATIONS - Provides effective oral and written communications by:
- Effectively and clearly communicating with people and organizations internal and external to the department
- Effectively conducting meetings with management and the boards of directors of financial institutions
- Effectively coordinating examination planning, execution and regulatory response with other state and federal financial institution supervisory authorities
- Effectively and clearly communicating with other state agencies and the state legislature
Every three years, certified examiners are required to submit 63 continuing education hours (CEHs) in order to renew a CEM certification. If an examiner exceeds this requirement, up to 14 CEHs may be carried over into the new three-year term. Continuing education should be selected with the goal of maintaining, improving, or expanding the examiner's knowledge, skills, and abilities.