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CAI Board Leader Certificate Course

2018EdQuoteJNewcomb.jpgTaking and completing the CAI Board Leader Certificate Course (also known as the Board Leadership Development Workshop) is one of the requirements of earning the CAI Board Leader Certificate. The course is available online, in a self-study format, or in the classroom through CAI's chapter network.

Course Outline

Whether you live in a condominium, homeowners association (HOA) or other type of community, the CAI Board Leader Certificate Course highlights what every board member needs to know to serve effectively. The course consists of five modules:

  • Module 1: Governing Documents and Roles & Responsibilities. To start you on the right path, Module 1 helps you understand the legal authority for your association. It also clarifies the duties and responsibilities of each board member and the professionals who are available to assist the board.
  • Module 2: Communications, Meetings and Volunteerism. Module 2 helps you learn how to maximize volunteer involvement in your community association by improving board communications, conducting effective meetings and building community spirit.
  • Module 3: Fundamentals of Financial Management. Module 3 introduces the fundamentals of association financial management, including guidelines for protecting your association’s assets, preparing a budget, planning for the future and collecting assessments.
  • Module 4: Professional Advisors and Service Providers. Because putting together the right team to support your association can be challenging, Module 4 provides practical tips on finding, evaluating and hiring qualified professional advisors and service providers.
  • Module 5: Association Rules and Conflict Resolution. Module 5 explores guidelines for making reasonable association rules, enforcing rules fairly and resolving conflict effectively.


With your course registration you will receive a complete toolbox of resources containing:

  • The Board Member To​ol Kit
  • The Board Member Tool Kit Workbook
  • CAI Board Leader Certificate Handout Packet
  • Community Association Leadership: A Guide for Volunteers
  • Managing & Governing: How Community Associations Function, by Clifford J. Treese
  • ​Common Ground magazine​

You’ll refer to these valuable resources long after the course is finished.


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