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, visit our Directory of Credentialed Professionals.
If you are a manager, insurance and risk management consultant, reserve provider or attorney wishing to enhance your career, the information here can help you.
CAI awards qualified professionals with credentials to improve the quality and effectiveness of community management. The following credentials are awarded by CAI:
In addition, CAI's affiliate, National Board of Certification for Community Association Managers (NBC-CAM) awards the Certified Manager of Community Associations® (CMCA®) certification.
View additional resources to find qualified professionals.
Many CAI chapters offer member directories and hold local events where you can find and meet qualified professionals in your area.
View more information regarding credentials and how they can benefit you:
Community associations, board members, and homeowners
Are you putting your most valuable assets in the hands of the most qualified professionals? Read why you should hire credentialed professionals, what the credentials mean and how you can find qualified professionals in your area.
Do you want to gain a competitive advantage, earn more money and obtain valuable experience? Learn how you can stand out from the crowd and enhance your career. If you already have a credential, you can download redesignation forms and stay on top in your career.
Do you want to expand your business, increase your earning potential and retain experienced employees? Learn how you can increase the quality of your staff and get noticed by associations.
Are you seeking to expand your clientele and enhance your career? Learn how you can obtain a credential that will instill your client communities' confidence in you.
Insurance and Risk Management Providers
Demonstrate a high level of competence within your profession by obtaining CAI's newest credential. If you wish to improve your career potential, start by learning about the CIRMS credential.
College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL)
CCAL acknowledges CAI-member attorneys who have distinguished themselves through contributions to the evolution or practice of community association law and who have committed themselves to high standards of professional and ethical conduct.
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