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Professional Credentials


We help you stay at the top of your game. Because the booming industry of community associations operate as a business, it needs qualified professionals to safeguard and empower the financial well-being, physical maintenance, and social harmony of the hundreds of thousands of community associations around the world. That's why we provide unparalleled education and credentials to keep you sharp and competitive. 

And, the more you learn, the more you earn! Professionals who earn credentials, receive an average of a 55% increase in salary.


NEW!  Announcing Important Changes to the Ethics Enforcement Procedures and Codes of Ethics

CAI encourages all designation holders to review the revised Designation Ethics Enforcement Procedures and the Professional Manager Code of Ethics and Certified Insurance & Risk Management Specialist (CIRMS®) Code of Ethics.

Thrive as a Community Association Management Professional

The most important action you can take to increase your earning potential, accelerate your career, and grow your business is to obtain credentials that prove you are the right professional for the job. ​


Background Requirements
Application Fee
Course Requirements
Association Management Specialist (AMS)*
​Two (2) years of direct community association management experience
​Member** $150
Nonmember $385
​At least two (2) M-200 level courses (M-201--M206) + pass CMCA exam***
​Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM)*
​Five (5) years of direct community association management experience
Nonmember $430
​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** $95
Nonmember $320

​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+ $300
Nonmember $550
​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. 


Hire the Right Professional 

More than 90% of community association board members prefer to hire a credentialed community manager. If you are seeking to hire a credentialed manager, insurance and risk management consultant, reserve provider or attorney for your association, visit our Directory of Credentialed Professionals​. For CAI member service providers—from attorneys, accountants and bankers to landscapers, painters and roofers—​access CAI's CAI Professional Services Directory​

Many CAI chapters offer member directories and hold local events where you can meet qualified professionals in your area.

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