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Association Management Specialist (AMS)

The second level in the career development track for community association managers.

The AMS designation demonstrates a higher level of commitment to your career and the community association industry. An AMS designation is recommended for managers who want to enhance their career opportunities by increasing their knowledge and expertise.

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.

How do you earn the AMS designation?

  • Two (2) years experience in financial, administrative, and facilities management of at least one association.
  • Successfully complete at least two M-200 level courses (M-201 - M-206).
  • Successfully passed the CMCA exam administered by CAM​​ICB.
  • Complete the application.
  • Pay the application fee.
    • Member: $170 (Individual Manager Membership)
    • Nonmember: $405

How do you maintain the AMS designation?

  • Pay annual maintenance fees (due August 1st of each year).
    • Member: $105 (Individual Manager Membership)
    • Nonmember: $330
  • Redesignate every three years on August 1st and meet the continuing education requirements of one CAI course (M-200 level or above) as well as eight hours of other industry related education.
  • Comply with the CAI Professional Manager Code of Ethics.

Please view the Redesignation FAQs for more information.


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