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What is the CMM Program?
The CMM (Certified Minerals Manager) Program is an educational self-study course exclusively through the NARO Foundation designed to increase your knowledge of minerals management. The CMM Program has two levels:
Associate Level - Associate Level Certification is designed for the individual who wishes to increase his/her base of knowledge in managing personal or family mineral properties. The individual may not receive monetary compensation except for managing personal or family mineral interests. If they receive outside compensation for mineral management, they need to register at the Professional Level.
Professional Level - Professional Level Certification is designed for the individual who is currently, or plans to be involved in any aspect of managing, administration or development of oil and gas properties. Trust officers, landmen and attorneys can benefit from this level. Professional Level CMMs may use the CMM designation after their name in signatures, business cards, etc.
What is required to enroll in the CMM Program?
For either level, you must
What is required to complete the Program?
There are three exams affiliated with each level of the Program. You must obtain a passing grade for all three exams in order to complete the Program. You must also accumulate the required number of Education Credits (ECs) for your chosen level of the Program, including one (1) Ethics Credit.
Associate Level - Pass Exams I,II,III and earn 20 ECs including an Ethics credit
Professional Level - Pass Exams I,II,III and earn 50 ECs including an Ethics credit
How do I accumulate Education Credit (EC) hours?
Attend NARO sponsored events such as town halls, conventions, review classes and seminars. You must submit an Affidavit of Attendance for every event to receive educational credits.
Attend NARO sponsored events such as town halls, conventions, review classes and seminars. Many oil and gas related educational classes and educational events count towards some education credits for the CMM Program. You may submit credits retroactively up to five years prior at the time of your registration for the CMM Program. You also may use past oil and gas professional experience and current industry related certifications towards education credits. There are limitations so please see the CMM Policies and Procedures.
How do I earn the required Ethics Credit?
How and where do I take CMM Exams?
Exams I & II for both levels are held at all of the state chapter conventions throughout the year, as well as at the National Convention in the fall.
Exam III is only available once a year at the National Convention.
To sit for a CMM Exam requires PRIOR registration with the CMM Registrar at the NARO National office. You are not required to pay for all exams up front however, you are required to register for the exams (and pay for them) prior to actually sitting for an exam. In order to sit for the final exam (Exam III), you are required to pre-register (and pay) for the exam AND must have completed and submitted all of the prerequisite education credits affiliated with your level of the Program (Professional or Associate).
What should I study before the exams?
Study resources, including the CMM Review Manual, are listed on the program registration forms and also in the NARO Foundation Online Store
Can I sit for multiple exams at once?You may elect to take exams I & II at one time. However, at most state NARO meetings, they have a single exam time. The time allotted for the exams is
usually 60 minutes. If you elect to take multiple exams (exams I & II) at a single sitting, you will be allotted 90 minutes, not 120. The National Convention does offer TWO exam times.
What is the CMM Review Course?The Review Course is an 8 hour educational course and the fee to attend is $150, plus the cost of the review manual. It is offered multiple times during the year to individuals participating in the CMM Program as exam preparation.
The Course is elective to the program, although most participants choose to attend at some point. This Course is 8 hours, generally from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. You can register to participate in the Course using the NARO CMM Program Registration Form located in the toolkit at the top of the page.
This course is also available for audit to those not currently enrolled in the CMM Program.HOWEVER, those that intend to audit this Course must still pre-register and pay the $150 fee to attend. Auditing this Course will not enroll you in Exams or any other aspect of the Program. Additionally, it does not include registration for any NARO Convention, or vice versa.
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