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What You Need to Know
by Janice Pyka, MinuteBids
Similar in some ways to a government, an association is a community and a business, making it a unique type of organization. For some small associations where cost is a significant factor, self-management through a strong volunteer structure can work well. Many associations, however, choose to contract with a professional management company, while others hire on-site managers who become association employees. Some combine elements of different types of management.
If you are a volunteer or board member seeking to hire a manager, insurance and risk management consultant, reserve provider or attorney for your association, hiring a credentialed professional is your best bet to protect yourself and your association.
CAI awards qualified professionals with credentials to improve the quality and effectiveness of community management.
CAI awards the following credentials:
CMCA—Certified Manager of Community Associations
The CMCA certification, administered by the CAI affiliated organization, National Board of Certification for Community Association Managers (NBC-CAM), is recommended for all community association managers. It can elevate your credibility and your community association’s confidence in you.
AMS—Association Management Specialist
PCAM—Professional Community Association Manager
Recommended for experienced managers who want to demonstrate advanced skills and knowledge and who wish to be recognized as one of the best and most experienced managers in the nation.
What are the prerequisites for the PCAM designation?
How do you pursue the PCAM designation?
If you are looking for additional information or forms, please visit, http://www.caionline.org/career/designations/Pages/managers.aspx#amsPublished by Community Associations Institute — Minnesota Chapter, copyright 2013. All articles and paid advertising represent the opinions of authors and advertisers and not necessarily the opinion of either Minnesota Community Living or CAI–Minnesota Chapter. The information contained within should not be construed as a recommendation for any course of action regarding financial, legal, accounting, or other professional services by the CAI–Minnesota Chapter, or by Minnesota Community Living, or its authors. Articles, letters to the editor, and advertising may be sent to Chapter Staff Editor Joanne Penn at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at CAI–Minnesota Chapter, 1000 Westgate Dr., Suite 252, St. Paul, MN 55114.