The following were awarded during the six-month period:
In addition, four attorneys were admitted to the College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL), bringing that group's membership to 94. The new members are Joseph Cusimano, Cleveland, OH; Helio De La Torre, Coral Gables, FL; Charles Perkins, N. Chelmford, MA; and Kelly Richardson, Pasadena, CA.
The AMS is the second tier in the hierarchy of professional certification and designations for community association managers. The first tier is the Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA) credential, administered by CAI's affiliate organization, the National Board of Certification for Community Association Managers (NBC-CAM). The PCAM is the third and highest credential for professional managers. The LSM designation demonstrates a specialized knowledge in the management and operations of large community associations.
The RS designation recognizes education, expertise and experience in an increasingly important component of community association operations—reserve studies.
"We applaud these dedicated individuals for their commitment to education and professional development," says CAI Chief Executive Officer Thomas M. Skiba, who holds a Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the Association Society of Association Executives. "CAI designations provide direct marketplace value in terms of increased salaries and job opportunities for the individuals who earn them. They also elevate the professionalism of the industry at large, and that's essential given the demanding, multi-dimensional nature of community association management."
CAI's designation programs were established in the 1990s and early 2000s to elevate the level of professionalism in the community association marketplace, a dynamic segment of the U.S. housing market that now encompasses more than 23.1 million housing units in an estimated 286,000 association-governed communities.
CAI's designation programs have elevated the professional stature of those who earn designations, and that has made CAI designations increasingly visible and valuable in the marketplace.
"Because they must be earned, CAI designations are important personal achievements that carry intrinsic and practical value," says Ann-Marie Johnson, CAI's director of credentialing programs and deputy executive director of NBC-CAM. "For the AMS, LSM and PCAM designations, professionals must demonstrate via testing that they have mastered the course material, and not everyone makes the grade. Those who succeed and earn a designation deserve not only personal recognition, but also professional respect."
More than 3,450 managers have earned the AMS designation since it was established in 1990, while 1,551 managers have earned their PCAMs and 35 have obtained the LSM. About 115 professionals have received the RS designation. Information on designations and CCAL membership can be accessed at www.caionline.org/career/designations/Pages/default.aspx.
The following professionals earned designations between July 1 and December 31, 2006:
Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM)
Large-Scale Manager (LSM)
Association Management Specialist (AMS)
Reserve Specialist (RS)
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