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RMA Launches New Web-Based Training Commercial Real Estate Lending Courses

RMA and Allen help financial institutions learn best practices for commercial real estate investing

SALT LAKE CITY (October 25, 2010) — The Risk Management Association (RMA), in partnership with Allen Communication Learning Services, is launching a new series of web-based training courses on The Commercial Real Estate Lending Decision Process. This new fourteen-part CRE course series is the latest addition to the RMA University Online program, which provides best practices training for financial services professionals.

Mark Zmiewski, RMA director of enterprise risk management, said the addition of commercial real estate content to RMA University Online is both timely and timeless. “Commercial real estate has been, is currently, and most like always will be a major exposure for banks. Therefore it’s critical to invest in our training capabilities and provide quality, engaging, and cost effective solutions to our members in this subject area.”

RMA’s Commercial Real Estate Lending Decision Process courses will help financial professionals improve their lending decisions by providing a better understanding of commercial real estate lending procedures and principles. The CRE course series entails fourteen modules that cover a spectrum of practical information; including: Underwriting Basics, Collateral Value Considerations, Understanding Property Cash Flows, Understanding and Evaluating Appraisals, Types of Construction Projects and Related Risks.

The RMA Commercial Real Estate Lending Decision Process online courses offer greater accessibility and flexibility for new financial professionals, or for seasoned professionals wanting to brush up on specific topics.

This marks the third series of finance training courses Allen has designed for RMA’s University Online Program. Allen’s previous course work for RMA has included a seventeen course program on The Lending Decision Process, which was an Omni Award recipient, and an accounting refresher course.

“The partnership between AllenComm and RMA has proven to be a good fit for developing relevant financial training courses,” said Ron Zamir, CEO of Allen. “RMA’s depth of knowledge in sound lending practices combined with AllenComm’s core expertise in developing strategic learning initiatives, for industries such as Pharma, Manufacturing, Retail and Finance, are producing robust courses that are sure to help financial institutions navigate successfully.”

For more information on this course, as well as other RMA course offerings, go to

About RMA

Founded in 1914, The Risk Management Association is a not-for-profit, member-driven professional association whose sole purpose is to advance the use of sound risk principles in the financial services industry. RMA promotes an enterprise approach to risk management that focuses on credit risk, market risk and operational risk. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, RMA has 3,000 institutional members that include banks of all sizes as well as nonbank financial institutions. They are represented in the association by more than 18,000 risk management professionals who are chapter members in financial centers throughout North America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. Visit RMA on the Web at

About AllenComm

For three decades, the learning and development experts at Allen Communication Learning Services () have helped many of the world’s largest companies sharpen their organizational performance. Allen expands their client’s capabilities by using progressive approaches in custom training, e-learning, and blended learning development, as well as learning portal development and technologies. This bold approach results in highly-customized organizational training solutions that help departments scale and achieve more, while improving ROI.