I don't know if you are aware of this fact yet but as of today 10/29/2008, there are a handful of companies and websites that offer a supposed, "BPO Certification Class," or to get your "BPO Certification."
One of the BIGGEST PROBLEM with all of the companies and websites that are offering this is that NONE of them are accredited through ANY of the 50 states in the U.S., nor will you get CE credit or clock hours.
Plus, on top of being able to obtain this special, "Certification," title it is not recognized or adopted within the BPO or REO industry by the hundreds of BPO, REO and Asset mgmt companies that are out there. So even if you decide to take their course and put their special 'made-up certification title' on your business card, on your website, or on your marketing material it is not a guarantee that you will get more BPO or REO work.
Lastly, none of these online certification courses are recognized with the NAR in any way. I don't know about you, but I think this is a HUGE problem! One, I hope to be a part of fixing!
I am very proud to announce that after one year of having my BPO Class be just something I'd hoped to put together and offer that this is starting to become a reality. I have become affiliated with a long-time real estate trainer and certified instructor where we are in the final negotiation phase for putting together and offering an accredited class on BPO's here in Washington state. (To start!)
We are in the beginning phase and have been working to put together a real "BPO Class," (and certification). It will be accredited through Washington state (to start with and then move onto as many more states as possible in where it makes sense to offer this).
I have decided that this is a very important niche that needs addressing because of my own personal experience but also because of seeing that a real need exists for this type of course. Not only could BPO, REO and Asset mgmt companies benefit from a standardized, BPO Certification Course, but I feel that the BPO Agents who take the class would also benefit greatly in more than one way. (More than just getting CE credit and Clock hours!)
I have been wanting to check in with other BPO Agents to see if there would be interest in having a BPO Class like this be available.
My questions to you are:
"Do you think that this type of course would be helpful to our industry?
"Would you consider taking a class like this to help you in your BPO business?"
"Do you think that a course like this would be beneficial to you?"
Thanks in advance for your comments! I look forward to reading what you think and have to share!