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.
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.