SOURCE: Community Advocacy Network

Community Advocacy Network

January 18, 2011 14:15 ET

Community Advocacy Network's Free Board Member Boot Camp® Provides State-Required Certification for Condo Board Members

Feb. 5th Deerfield Beach Seminar for Florida Condo, HOA and Other Community Association Board Members & Managers Meets New Certification Requirements

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL--(Marketwire - January 18, 2011) - The Community Advocacy Network (CAN,, Florida's leading advocate for the interests of millions of community association residents statewide, today announced that more than 600 Board members and professional managers of Florida condominium and homeowner associations have pre-registered to attend its free State-certified Board Member Boot Camp® training seminar on Feb. 5th in Deerfield Beach.

CAN's Board Member Boot Camp® seminar series (, now in its third year of providing lively and informative training at absolutely no charge to Florida community association Board members and managers, has been approved by the State of Florida to meet tightened educational requirements for all newly elected or appointed Directors of Florida condominium associations. Each participant in CAN's Board Member Boot Camp® receives a certificate of satisfactory completion of an educational course approved by the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes, in compliance with Section 718.112 (2)(d)3, of Chapter 718 of the Florida Statues.

CAN's upcoming Board Member Boot Camp® is scheduled to take place:

Saturday, Feb. 5th, 2011
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Century Village Clubhouse
2400 Century Boulevard
Deerfield Beach, FL 33422

Advance registration is still open and a few seats remain for the Feb. 5th Board Member Boot Camp®, with interested condo, co-op, HOA, timeshare and mobile home community Board members able to register in advance online at or via e-mail to

"The State of Florida now mandates that all newly elected or appointed condominium Board members must certify their familiarity with documentation and policies fundamental to the proper running of their association if they are to remain a member of their association's Board of Directors," said Donna DiMaggio Berger, Executive Director of the Community Advocacy Network. "The Community Advocacy Network is pleased to be offering free educational training in our rigorous yet entertaining Board Member Boot Camp® format, providing volunteer Board members of all Florida community associations with the latest legal and practical information they need to better operate their communities and enabling condo Board members to meet the State's new certification mandate."

Under new Florida legislation passed in 2010, any newly elected or appointed condominium Board member must file within 90 days of his or her election or appointment either a written certification of familiarity with key association documents and policies or a certificate of completion of a Division-approved educational course, or face suspension from service on the Board until he or she complies with this certification mandate. The condominium Board Secretary is required to place a director's written certification or educational certificate in the association's official books and records for inspection by the members for five years after a director's election or appointment.

Board Member Boot Camp® has been developed as part of the educational outreach program of the Community Advocacy Network, a not-for-profit organization founded in 2007 by the Florida law firm of Katzman Garfinkel & Berger to provide education, advocacy and outreach services to community associations statewide and promote positive community association legislation.

Membership in the Community Advocacy Network (CAN) is open to all Florida community associations, including condominiums, co-operatives, homeowner associations, timeshares and mobile home communities.

For further information about CAN's Board Member Boot Camp® seminars, or about the benefits of CAN membership and the organization's educational and advocacy activities across the State of Florida, please contact or phone 954-315-0372.

About Community Advocacy Network (CAN):

The Community Advocacy Network (CAN) is the leading statewide advocacy network dedicated to promoting positive community association legislation while advising legislators to resist the urge to micromanage and over-regulate private residential communities. CAN works through its website, email alerts and tools such as the "Capitol Connection" email system to give association leaders and residents the information and resources they need to play a meaningful part in the legislative process before harmful bills are passed. Capitol Connection enables our members to contact their elected officials at every level of government with just the click of a button. For more information, visit or call 954-315-0372.

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