1. Perfectturflawnservices

    Perfectturflawnservices Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Has anyone taken the sima courses ?
    If so was it helpful ? if not why ?
    Thank you
     
  2. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,613

    The CSP course?
    Ya there’s a bunch of people that have taken it.
    There’s also a bunch of people that have taken ASCA courses

    can’t say I’ve ever won a bid because of being a member of either
     
  3. OP
    OP
    Perfectturflawnservices

    Perfectturflawnservices Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Appreciate the honesty
     
  4. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,613

    Let me clarify, I’ve been member of both.
    Currently a member of sima. Both have valuable resources to use to run and operate a snow business.
    One of them pushes legislation (asca)
    When I say I haven’t won a bid being a member.
    I mean directly saying I’m a member of such and such group, or putting their symbol on my bids, most people that aren’t in snow and ice mgmt, have never heard of either organization
     
  5. OP
    OP
    Perfectturflawnservices

    Perfectturflawnservices Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    I understand that , being in the snow and ice buisness as a plower my employer has never heard of sima neither have I until I recently
    Joined this site , as a new business owner I’m always looking into ways to make my buisness better or be more efficient and I also could use the help on bidding etc for snow so I figured get some reviews before I dish out the cash
     
  6. Hydromaster

    Hydromaster PlowSite.com Addict
    from 406
    Messages: 1,712

    Have you tried DOT #’s
    Make you look very professionaler.

    I can see the pluses and minuses of being accredited in this industry.

    Would I go threw it,probably not.
     
  7. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,750

    I believe the mantra with any of these Associations is " You get out what you put in"
    When you are just starting out they help you with education about marketing , budgeting, regulations , work life balance etc. If you built your business are cynical, close minded and introverted, they probably aren't for you.
     
  8. OP
    OP
    Perfectturflawnservices

    Perfectturflawnservices Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    im very open minded and always looking for new information and ways to better myself as well as my buisness and give my clients the best I can offer but so far I probably will just pull the trigger on it and try it out it can’t hurt to learn . I watched one of there videos explaining site plans etc and that was informative , like I said just starting out haha have pushed snow for 9 years but never was exposed to the technical end so I have a lot to learn before I jump into it . Looking at next year adding snow to my list of added services
     
  9. Luther

    Luther PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,154

    You will benefit from both associations in gaining education, certification and good networking opportunity’s.
     
  10. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,613

    I left asca to pursue my csp and when I ran into someone at MGIA, they looked at me like had 3 heads when I told them that.
     
  11. Luther

    Luther PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,154

    I think the OP has a good attitude and can certainly benefit from both associations. Some people can’t. It’s not a requirement. It doesn’t hurt you though.
     
  12. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 28,564

    2 out of 3 ain't bad...
     
  13. OP
    OP
    Perfectturflawnservices

    Perfectturflawnservices Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Well sounds like it can’t hurt so I will give it a shot thanks for all your input