Should you be Board Certified?
You need knowledge and a certain set of skills to be a community manager, and you want to make sure you are qualified for success. Getting a board certification is just one way you can improve your chances of success. Find out what the benefits of getting board certified are and what the process involves.
In many states, you don’t have to have certification to be a community manager, but it’s still a good idea. There are many different types of certification, so even if you have one, you may still not have the right skills a particular property management company or community desires. It’s important to fully understand your goals and which certifications will help you meet those goals. It may mean going after more than one, but in the long run, you will benefit.
What Are the Benefits of Board Certification?
Getting certified is proof that you have the related skills. For example, if you pursue the Certified Community Association Manager (CCAM) designation in California, you need to have six months experience working as a community manager, 36 hours of classes and pass a test with 70 percent or higher. This is a great way to show that you have the skills, experience and knowledge to manage a property. Other certifications offer additional skills, such as community leadership, association communication, risk management, financial management etc.
What Does Board Certification Involve?
Each certification has its own set of requirements, but most of them require some length of community management experience, hours of coursework and a passing grade on a test. The higher the certification, the more experience and classes you’ll need. Some certifications have prerequisites. The previously mentioned CCAM certification, for example, has no prerequisite, but to get a Specialty Certificate in California, you have to have the CCAM. For most certifications, you’ll have to go through the process again after a few years to keep up to date.
You may not have to get certified to work as a community manager, but it doesn’t hurt. It’s a great way to show you are committed to community management and that you have the skills needed for the job.