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Minnesota Community Living May/June 2008

From the President
By Sara Lassila

Featured Community: Beachside I
By Deanna Symington

Best rate...your Bank?
By Daniel Denekamp

CAI-MN Legislative Action Committee Activity Report
By Jack Bouquet

Reaching the Top with a Ladder
By Tom Engblom

How to Have an Honest and Productive Relationship with a Contractor
By Don Huizenga

Worried About the Safety of Your Money?
By Mark Kragness

Homeowners Associations: The Unintended Victims of Mortgage Foreclosures
By Nancy Polomis & David Hellmuth

CAI National Courses Come to Minnesota

CAI National Courses Come to Minnesota! Back to Index

The following CAI Professional Management Development Program (PMDP) Courses are being offered in Minnesota. Don’t miss this opportunity to get national-level training right here in Bloomington, Minnesota. All courses are applicable toward CAI credentialing programs.

M-201: Facilities Management, May 29-30
Take this course to learn how to more effectively preserve and enhance your association’s property. Hear proven strategies on maintaining an association’s physical assets and learn how to contract for specific needs. Gain tips for disaster and evacuation planning. Facilities Management provides a hands-on approach to help you analyze, evaluate, communicate, and plan for property maintenance. Your property will benefit from your increased understanding of the various types of maintenance — routine, previous, emergency, corrective, and scheduled. You’ll save your association valuable time and money when you focus on each of these specific forms of maintenance and take the necessary actions required. You’ll also learn how to:

• Inspect physical assets
• Evaluate existing maintenance programs and management controls
• Analyze a maintenance contract for weaknesses
• Oversee maintenance of common areas using checklists & reports
• Make maintenance requests and recommendations to the board
• Identify the basic elements for a disaster plan
• Prepare a request for proposal, including bid specifications
• Review bid proposals
• Monitor fulfillment of a contract
• Interpret and invoke contract warranties as necessary

M-100: The Essentials of Community Association Management, July 17-19
This course is a comprehensive community association management course that provides a practical overview for newcomers, an essential review for veterans, and an advanced course for board members. Even the most experienced managers find it worthwhile—there’s always something to ways to get the job done better and in less time. Whether it’s a step-by-step procedure, a clearer understanding of roles and responsibilities, or a simple remark to defuse a potential confrontation, you’ll find your time in this course is well spent. You’ll take back dozens of sample forms and time-saving tips! A 90-minute, multiple-choice examination is given at the end of the seminar, or at an appointed location for home study students. The passing grade is 70 percent or higher. The designation Certified Manager of Community Associations® (CMCA) is awarded by the National Board of Certification for Community Association Managers (NBC-CAM) to those who attend this event and successfully pass the CMCA Exam.

M-204: Community Governance, September 24-26
Community Governance begins where The Essentials of Community Association Management (M-100) left off. It helps you master one of the most important aspects of successful association management — governance. In this course on the legal basis of community rules, policies, and procedures, you’ll get a better grasp of board and management responsibilities. You’ll learn how to steer clear of problems and give your board and owners the support and advice they need. Using your own community documents, you will learn how to spot potential problems, how to revise policies and procedures to comply with current laws, and how to recommend management practices. This course provides an understanding of a community association as a legal entity and clarifies the corporate, contractual, and ethical basis for a manager’s role in community governance. You’ll learn:

• When to use an attorney
• What the governing documents require
• When a document amendment may be necessary
• Statutes and case law that affect community management
• How to distinguish the corporate roles of community association boards, committees, & managers
• How the management contract affects and protects the manager and the association
• How to tell when you’re legally acting as an agent
• Which situations could lead to conflict of interest or unethical decisions
• How to avoid common problems when developing & enforcing rules
• How to revise existing rules & develop new ones
• How to enforce architectural rules.

This hands-on course gives you immediate answers to some of the most troubling problems in management. This course gives you proven ways to avoid legal problems and helps you get better cooperation from owners. A special bonus: your instructor and colleagues will help you identify and eliminate potential trouble spots in your community’s governing documents.

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