The Illinois Community Association Manager Licensing Act initially went into effect July 1, 2010, and required professional community association managers to obtain a license to work in the state.
During the 2013 legislative session, the Act was significantly amended to provide for the additional licensing of a supervising community association manager and the licensing of a community association management firm. As of July 2017, the rules that supplement the 2013 changes remain under development, meaning the Department does not have the ability regulate or enforce the updates. Current information and pending changes (Under Regulatory Development) are highlighted below. It is expected that many of the 2013 changes will be struck through legislation; however, no such piece of legislation has been enacted at this time. CAI will update this page and notify our members as soon as more information on compliance becomes available.
There are multiple pathways to licensure for those interested in practicing the profession of community association management in Illinois. Below is a simple pathway for those new to profession. See the sections below for alternative methods to licensure.
A community association manager is an individual who administers for remuneration the financial, administrative, maintenance, or other duties for the community association, including the following services:
Community association manager does not mean support staff, including, but not limited to bookkeepers, administrative assistants, secretaries, property inspectors or customer service representatives.
Individuals applying with the Examination Method must complete 20 hours of approved prelicensure courses. The following is a condensed list of approved prelicensure courses:
The education requirement does not apply to persons holding an Illinois real estate salesperson, broker, or managing broker license in good standing.
Click here for the full list of approved prelicensure courses.
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, and submit the fee of $300 with the application. The Department provides for the three, following application methods:
Click here for the Department's Community Association Manager Application for Licensure.
A supervising community association manager is an individual licensed as a community association manager who manages and supervises licensees in an office. A firm must designate a licensed supervising manager to supervise and manage the firm, and the manager may not be the manager of more than one firm.
In addition to applying and paying the required fees (to be determined in regulatory development), a supervising community association manager must meet all of the following qualifications:
Applicants have three years after the date of application to complete the application process.
A community association management firm is a company, corporation, limited liability company, or other entity that engages in the community association management business. It is unlawful for any firm to provide services to any community association if it does not have a license issued by the Department.
In addition to applying and paying the required fees (to be determined in regulatory development), the firm must provide evidence to the Department that it has designated a licensed community association manager to manage the firm.
The supervising manager or the firm may not have access to and disburse an associations funds unless each of the following requirements are met:
A firm that provides services to more than one association must maintain separate segregated accounts for each association, unless the associations consent to combine the accounts. In no event shall the funds be commingled with the supervising manager or firm's funds.
Licenses expire August 31 of odd number years, therefore a license is valid for two years. The fee for renewal is $300 per license for two years. Continuing education requirements have yet to be determined.
Renewal requirements have yet to be determined for supervising managers and firms.
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