SOURCE: California Association of Community Managers

California Association of Community Managers

July 02, 2012 19:36 ET

California Association of Community Managers Introduces New Certificate Programs

LAGUNA HILLS, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 2, 2012) - The California Association of Community Managers (CACM(SM)) (www.cacm.org) has added new educational certificate programs to further enhance the knowledge and skill set of its California-based membership.

Founded in 1991, Laguna Hills, Calif.-based CACM was the first community association management organization in the nation to establish an educational program specific to its state with the Certified Community Association Manager (CCAM®) certification for industry professionals. Now, CACM has launched two new levels of certification, the Specialty Certificate Program and the Master of Community Association Management™ designation, or MCAM™.

The Specialty Certificate Program represents the second level in career development for community association managers. Candidates for these certificates can concentrate on one or more specialized areas: high-rise community management, large-scale community management, active adult community management and portfolio management. Each specialty program develops a particular set of skills based on the demands of that community structure. To earn a specialty certificate, the candidate must complete the educational course load specific to that area of expertise, hold the CCAM certification for at least two consecutive years at the time of application, successfully complete courses in human resource management and risk management, prepare a written narrative demonstrating knowledge of the specialty area, and comply with CACM's code of professional ethics and standards of practice.

The new MCAM designation is the highest professional recognition available for California community managers. Candidates must complete the course load associated with the MCAM, hold the CCAM certification for a minimum of six consecutive years prior to application, earn a specialty certificate in one of the management specializations, and comply with CACM's code of ethics and standards of practice. The manager must also pass a comprehensive assessment comprised of written exams and an oral presentation. MCAMs are required to re-certify every three years during which they must successfully complete 20 units of continuing education credit.

"CACM was founded because the community association management industry required educational programs as well as a professional code of ethics and standards of practice that were specific to California," said Karen Conlon, president and CEO of CACM. "Today, more than 75 percent of our members hold the CCAM designation, which is a high percentage rate for any industry. However, the needs of California's homeowners who now live in specialized communities have changed dramatically over the past two decades. We realized we needed to offer advanced educational courses that would prepare our managers for these challenges so they could better assist their homeowners.

"The MCAM certification is designed to be the ultimate mark of accomplishment for people who demonstrate the highest level of achievement in our industry," Conlon added. "This certification will distinguish them as the best of the best."

CACM's membership is comprised of more than 3,000 California-based professionals from the community association management industry. California is currently home to more than 46,000 associations, making it a multi-billion dollar industry throughout the state. For more information on CACM, please visit www.cacm.org.

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