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Credentials for Community Managers

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Community associations and management companies are looking for qualified, dedicated professionals to manage their communities. Do you want to gain a competitive advantage, earn more money, and obtain valuable experience? 

The Community Association Institute Professional Management Development Program (PMDP) and credentialing program can help you achieve these goals. As a novice or experienced manager, you can learn something new, increase your earning potential, and further your career goals. If you already have a credential, you can download redesignation forms and stay on top in your career.​

Manager Credentials​

CMCA® - Certified Manager of Community Associations®
AMS® - Association Management Specialist®
PCAM® - Professional Community Association Manager®
LSM® - Large-Scale Manager®

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Definition of a community manager: A community association manager will have the knowledge, ethics, professionalism and skills with verifiable experience in financial, administrative, and facilities management in at least one community association, either commercial or residential. The community association manager must be compensated for providing professional guidance and assistance to the board of directors of any association(s) managed by that community association manager, whether the individual is acting as an full time independent contractor, or as an employee of a management firm, or as a general manager or executive director of a common interest development. Management of property other than community associations will not meet the qualifications for community association manager.​

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For AMS, LSM, or PCAM designation applications, or for PMDP course descriptions, locations, and schedules, follow the links above or call CAI at (888) 224-4321 (M-F, 9:00-6:00 ET). For CMCA related information visit the Community Association Managers International Certification Board (CAMICB) website or call CAMICB at 703-970-9300.

Some interesting facts from the Foundation for Community Association Research's 2017​ Compensation & Salary Survey:

  • On- site Managers who had obtained their PCAM designation earned, on average, $34,000​ more than managers who held no designations.
  • Managers, even management company CEOs, who have achieved a PCAM or LSM could earn as much as 10 to 20 percent more than other managers or CEOs​.


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