When did you achieve your CRA, and why did you decide to pursue it?
I achieved my CRA recently in November of 2013. I took the exam because I wanted to prove to my community that I am a quality administrator. I entered my profession very young and I am often seen this way; as a young supervisor or manager it takes a lot to prove to others that you are capable of leading and managing others. I needed to prove that I was capable.
I am the first and only CRA in El Paso, TX. I took a year to prepare for my exam and I am glad I did. I truly felt ready.
Have you referred a peer to take the test?
I have referred one of my old Army NCOs to take the exam. He was hesitant to take it, but he will take it this year.
Any additional comments?
Regardless of my situation here in this community, I am very proud to be a CRA. I will begin educating my community and its leaders what the CRA designation means to their facilities and to our community.
CRAs, tell us about your experiences earning the CRA and holding the credential here