Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), through the Regulatory Council of Community Association Managers, regulates the licensure of community association managers. In most circumstances, community association managers in Florida are required to be licensed in order to carry out their duties as a manager.
If someone provides management services for an association with more than 10 units, or a budget of $100,000 or greater, and receives compensation for those services, a community association manager license is required. A community association manager is defined as a person who is licensed to perform community association management services including the following:
A person who performs clerical or ministerial functions under the direct supervision and control of a licensed manager or who is charged only with performing the maintenance of a community association and who does not assist in any of the management services described above is not required to be licensed.
Applicants for a community association manager license must submit a Prelicensure Education Certificate from an approved provider consisting of at least 18 hours of pre-licensure education.
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The DBPR requires applicants for a community association managers license to pass a Community Association Manager examination with a score of 75 or higher. The examination consists of 100 multiple choice questions based on entry level knowledge of state and federal laws pertaining to the operation and management of community associations, preparation of community association budgets, procedures for noticing and conducting community association meetings, insurance matters relating to community associations, management skills, and association maintenance.
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Manager applicants are required to in addition to the education and examination requirements fulfill the following:
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Manager licenses must be renewed every two years by September 30. There is a $105 biennial license renewal fee. In addition at least 20 hours of state-approved continuing education must be completed prior to the license renewal date.
The continuing education shall be comprised of:
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CAI endorses the Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA®) credential administered by the Community Association Managers' International Certification Board (CAMICB). If a CMCA has held an active Florida Community Association Manager License for at least one year this will automatically satisfy the state, continuing education requirement.
A firm or other similar organization responsible for the management of more than ten units or a budget $100,000 or greater must be licensed by DBPR.
Firm licenses expire on September 30 of odd numbered years and are required to be renewed every two years.
On May 14, 2015, the Florida Supreme Court issued Advisory Opinion SC13-889, The Florida Bar Re: Advisory Opinion - Activities of Community Association Managers ("Opinion"). The Opinion, which has the same force as any order of the Court, identifies a number of activities within the field of community association management which constitute the practice of law. The full Opinion can be obtained at http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/2015/sc13-889.pdf.
The Council encourages all CAMs licensees to carefully read the Supreme Court opinion and consult with their legal advisors to obtain legal advice that is specific to their individual facts and circumstances. The Council has no statutory authority to issue any opinion, comments, or guidance regarding the Opinion, including inter-relations between the Opinion and Florida Statutes relating to the practice of community association management.
The opinion specifically addresses the Unlicensed Practice of Law ("UPL"). Neither the Council nor the Department of Business and Professional Regulation have jurisdiction or authority to investigate or act upon UPL complaints. UPL is investigated, and if necessary, prosecuted, by the Florida Bar, and carries potential criminal penalties.