CAM Designations & What They Mean

Earning one or more property management certifications is a challenging process that tests a manager’s knowledge, application and understanding of the laws surrounding property association management. These credentials indicate that an individual takes a professional approach to their career as a property manager and is a credible resource for your association.Picture1

Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA)

Awarded by the National Board of Certification for Community Association Managers (NBC-CAM) and created by the Community Associations Institute (CAI), this is one of most useful and practical certifications a property manager can obtain. Members are actively kept up to date on the latest property management laws applicable to their state and are networked to other local CMCAs.  However, members are also required to fulfill continuing education requirements to maintain the certification.  If you are pursuing a career in property management, and expect to manage properties besides your own, I would highly recommend getting your CMCA certification.

Association Management Specialist (AMS)

Awarded by the Community Associations Institute (CAI), the AMS designation requires two years of experience in the financial, administrative, and facilities management of at least one association, the successful completion of at least two advanced level continuing education courses, and a passing score on the CMCA exam.

Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM)

The PCAM designation is the highest professional recognition available nationwide to managers who specialize in community association management. Awarded by the Community Associations Institute (CAI), the PCAM designation requires a minimum of five years of direct community association management experience, the successful completion of all six advanced continuing education courses, and a passing grade on the CMCA exam.

Accredited Association Management Company (AAMC)

The AAMC accreditation demonstrates a company’s commitment to providing the unique and diverse services community associations need. An Accredited Association Management Company ensures that their staff has the skills, experience, and integrity to help communities succeed. Its managers have advanced training and demonstrated commitment to the industry. The AAMC accreditation process requires a company have a minimum of three years of experience based on client verification, a PCAM designee as the company’s senior manager, and a staff of which 50% of managers hold a professional manager credential (CMCA, AMS, or PCAM).

Leland is proud to employ some of the best Community Association Managers in the state, many of whom hold multiple professional designations. Our company earned the AAMC designation in 2013.

 

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The Great Debate…To Goat or Not to Goat

Dogs, cats and hamsters are the leading pets in American households; however one type of pet is increasing in popularity. Goats have many practical advantages over cats and dogs and are among the friendliest type of farm animal.

Goats, like sheep, produce milk. However, unlike sheep they are people friendly and enjoy the attention from their human companions. Often times goats will come up to you, usually wanting a treat, but they will be goatsjust as happy with a good petting.

Goats milk is not only tastier, sweeter and richer than cow milk, but also healthier. Though it does have more fat than cow milk, the fats in it contain more omega-3 fatty acids, which help prevent blood clotting, reduces inflammation, and helps prevent cancer cell growth. In other words, the “good fats”. In addition to these advantages, people who are lactose intolerant can often tolerate goat milk. Though goat milk only has about 10% less lactose than cow milk, it is enough to make a difference for a lot of lactose intolerant people. This means that those people can get the benefits and nutrients of cow milk, with added benefits of goat milk.

Goats can also make money. A single goat will produce 15 gallons of milk a month that could be sold to friends and family. In order to sell milk, you do have to pasteurize it, and you will have to have the processing area inspected at least once a year. You can also own a fiber goat. Goat fiber is very popular, though many people don’t realize that they have goat fiber clothing. There are two main kinds of goat fiber. Mohair, which only angora goats produce, and cashmere, which all goats produce. Cashmere, the more common of the two, is a soft under layer of fur for winter that comes off in the spring.

Goats are cute, friendly, and practical making it one of the  fastest growing pets of the farm animal variety.