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Certified Examinations Manager (CEM)

Candidates for the CEM designation must provide evidence of the following:

  • Completion of a minimum of twelve (12) months 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 CSBS course offerings or their equivalent:
    • Course requirements for the COE, CCE and CEIC designations
    • Senior School or Advanced Management Training
  • Attestation of successful job performance and mastery of appropriate job-related skills by a superior within the candidate's organization. "Superior" is defined as an individual whose job classification is at the Examiner-in-Charge level or higher. All attestations shall be considered final once signed. Attestation as to a candidate's skill will be supported by a defined response form that outlines the necessary and appropriate skills. A high degree of reliance is placed on the attestation forms provided by the applicant's supervisor when granting certification. For that reason, the individual signing the form should be familiar with the applicant's experience, performance, and skills/abilities, and should be confident that the applicant meets all the requirements as noted on the form.

The attestation form addresses the following categories:

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.