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Community Associations Institute Awards Highest Credential to Community Association Professionals

1/26/2017  -  Falls Church, VA

Additional Career-Enhancing Designations Were Awarded to Credit CAI’s Professional Managers

Jan. 26, 2017 — Falls Church, VA —  Community Associations Institute (CAI), the leading authority for community association education, governance and management has awarded the most prestigious and respected designation—Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM)— to 86 community association professionals. The PCAM designations were earned between July 1, and December 31, 2016 and contributes to the more than 2,800 total managers who have earned a prestigious PCAM designation. For the first time, the PCAM case study was administered outside the United States in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Following the Dubai case study, five new recipients qualified to receive the designation.

In addition to the PCAM designation, 265 career-enhancing credentials were earned throughout this timeframe and are listed below: 

  • Association Management Specialist (AMS)—186 association professionals were awarded the AMS, the second level in the career development track. There are now more than 7,750 total AMS recipients.
  • Large-Scale Manager (LSM)—1 association professional was awarded the LSM, a specialist designation that allows PCAM designees to specialize within their profession. There are now more than 100 community managers with this credential.
  • Reserve Specialist (RS)—10 association professionals were awarded the RS, a specialist designation that prepares professionals to reserve plan extensively for communities. There are now more than 330 professionals with this designation.
  • Educated Business Partner (EBP)—68 association professionals were awarded the EBP, a designation that empowers both businesses and professionals to be even more competitive in the marketplace. There are now more than 230 professionals with this distinction. 
“High-performing professionals continue to turn to and invest in CAI as the leading source for the most authentic, quality training and education. Their commitment to excellence and prestigious achievements within their field is notable and we are dedicated to leading the industry to new heights of expertise in all aspects of association governance and management,” said Vice President of Education Dave Jennings, CAE, SPHR.

A complete list of credentialed professionals can be found in CAI's online directory

About Community Associations Institute (CAI)
Community Associations Institute (CAI) is a national nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization founded in 1973 to foster competent, responsive community associations through research, training and education. CAI is an international membership organization dedicated to building better communities. With more than 34,000 members, CAI works in partnership with 60 chapters, including a chapter in South Africa, as well as with housing leaders in a number of other countries, including Australia, Canada, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. We work to identify and meet the evolving needs of the professionals and volunteers who serve associations, by being a trusted forum for the collaborative exchange of knowledge and information, and by helping our members learn, achieve and excel. Our mission is to inspire professionalism, effective leadership and responsible citizenship—ideals reflected in associations that are preferred places to call home. For more information, visit

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