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Credentials for Community Managers


We help you stay at the top of your game. The most important action you can take to increase your earning potential, accelerate your career, and grow your business in this booming industry is to obtain credentials​ that keep you sharp and competitive. 

CAI's Professional Management Development Program and credentialing program can help you achieve these goals. Click the name of the credential below to view more information, obtain an application, or access a redesignation form.


Background Requirements
Application Fee
Course Requirements
Association Management Specialist (AMS)*
​Two (2) years of direct community association management experience
​Member** $170
Nonmember $405
​At least two (2) M-200 level courses (M-201--M206) + pass CMCA exam***
​Professional Association Manager (PCAM)*
​Five (5) years of direct community association management experience
​Member** $225
Nonmember $460
​All six (6) M-200 level courses + pass CMCA exam*** + pass the Case Study
Large-Scale Manager (LSM)*
​Active PCAM + 10 years of community association management experience. Five (5) must be as a large-scale manager. Please see the related page for more information.
​Member** $115
Nonmember $340

​CAI Large-Scale Managers Workshop or M-340
Accredited Association Management Company (AAMC)​*
​Three (3) years of verified experience providing community association management services + a PCAM leader + credentialed staff
​Member+ $320
Nonmember $570
​Individual staff members must meet requirements according to their credentials

*overview of credential requirements only; click on each of the credentials for further details.

**You must be an individual manager member or the primary contact for a management company member of CAI to receive the member discount on application fees for individual manager credentials.

***The ​​Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA) exam is provided by the Community Association Managers International Board (CAMICB). More information can be found at their website.

+Your company must be a management company member to receive the member discount on application fees for the AAMC accreditation. 

Learning Impacts Earning

Data from the la​test Community Association Manager Compensation and Salary Survey​ shows that professionals who have earned credentials generally earn more than those who don’t have credentials. Managers and management company CEOs who have achieved a Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) designation or Large-Scale Manager (LSM) designation could earn as much as 10--20% more than other managers or CEOs. 

For AMS, LSM, or PCAM designation applications, or for PMDP course descriptions, locations, and schedules, 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.

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