Sept. 8, 2020 – Falls Church, VA – Millions
of 2020 college graduates continue to face economic and financial uncertainty
as they attempt to enter a workforce that’s been dramatically impacted by the
COVID-19 pandemic. While many sectors of the global economy have been hard hit,
community association management continues to be a profession in high demand.
Community Associations Institute
(CAI), the leading
authority in community association education, governance, and management, has launched
a program designed to train and certify the next generation of community association
managers and bring awareness to the growing profession.
A community association manager provides professional guidance and assistance
to a community association’s board of directors—deploying financial,
administrative, and facilities management experience. Community associations, which
include condominium communities, homeowners associations, and housing
cooperatives, are home to nearly 74 million Americans and millions more worldwide.
In the Community Management Training and
a self-paced curriculum will provide candidates a hands-on approach that
explores the responsibilities of property maintenance; best practices for developing,
managing, and balancing association budgets; preparing contractor proposals;
and understanding a community association reserve study.
enrolling in the program, the first step is to register for and successfully
pass CAI’s M-100 course, The Essentials of Community Association Management.
After completing the course, students are encouraged to earn the Certified
Manager of Community Associations (CMCA®) credential administered by the Community
Association Managers International Certification Board (CAMICB). A student membership also is
included in the program’s cost—offering candidates continued education,
mentorship, and networking opportunities.
Community association management has experienced tremendous
growth since its beginning just over 40 years ago. According to U.S. government
housing statistics, community associations are the fastest-growing segment of
residential home construction, a rapid growth that is expected to continue.
Today, there are more than 55,000 community managers in the U.S. In April, CAI
surveyed community association managers in a COVID-19 & Community
Association Employment Survey. Of more than 1,000 community association
managers surveyed during the COVID-19 pandemic, 91.1% say their level of
employment has not been impacted.
“We believe that today’s college graduates possess the
skills essential to community association management—excellent people skills,
strong communication skills, and the ability to collaborate and solve
problems,” says Thomas M. Skiba, CAE, CAI’s chief executive officer. “For more than 40 years,
CAI has been the trusted source for community association managers. Our education
and certification program will further provide new professionals with the
training needed to build a resume and start a successful career in
community association management.”
Learn more about CAI’s Community Management Training and Certification
About Community Associations
Since 1973, Community Associations Institute (CAI) has been the leading provider of
resources and information for homeowners, volunteer board leaders, professional
managers, and business professionals in the nearly 350,000 homeowners
associations, condominiums, and housing cooperatives in the United States and
millions of communities worldwide. With more than 42,000 members, CAI works in
partnership with 36 legislative action committees and 64 affiliated chapters
within the U.S., Canada, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates as well as
with housing leaders in several other countries, including Australia, Spain,
and the United Kingdom. A global nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization, CAI is the
foremost authority in community association management, governance, education,
and advocacy. Our mission is to inspire professionalism, effective leadership,
and responsible citizenship—ideals reflected in community associations that are
preferred places to call home. Visit us at www.caionline.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook
For members and general inquiries, contact the
CAI Member Service Center:Phone: 703-970-9220
MEDIA CONTACT: Amy RepkePhone: 703-970-9239