If you are a Community Association Manager (CAM) or aspiring to be one, you need to be licensed, engaged in continuous education, and renew your license after every two years. Before renewing your CAM license, Florida statutes require you to complete 15 hours of CAM Continuing Education. Below we explore the key requirements and what you need before taking the test.
Who is a Licensed Community Association Manager (LCAM?)
According to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation(DBPR), a Community Association Manager is a person licensed to manage a community association, which has the below features and therefore needs to be fully licensed.
- Their practice is remunerated and requires substantial specialized knowledge, managerial skills, and judgment.
- The association they serve contains more than10 units and an annual budget of $100,000
- Controls and disburses funds belonging to a community association
- Prepares budgets and other financial documents for a community association
- Conducts or gives notices on community association meetings
- Is involved in the day to day services related to the operations of a community
- Operates and also coordinates maintenance of residential development within a community association
Florida CAM Continuing Education Requirements
The Licensed Community Association Manager’s license expires on September 30 of every even-numbered year, with the upcoming renewal date being September 30, 2022. During each licensing period, the licensees must complete 15 hours of CAM continuing education. These 15 hours entail five key subjects divided into three hours each. Below are some of the Florida CAM continuing education requirements.
- Legal updates
- Human resources
- Insurance and financial management
- Physical property – operation of the community association’s physical property
License Renewal after CAM Continuous Education?
After completing the 15 hours course, you need to wait to submit the hours electronically to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
It takes 1-3 business days to process the completed hours, which are the most critical part of the Florida CAM continuing education requirements. Later on, you need to go to the DBPR website to renew your license. There’s a link provided for the same, and all you need is to follow the directions. Lastly, you need to pay a license renewal fee of $105 on the same website to complete the renewal process.
What You Need To Do Before Taking the Continuing Education Test
You are required to renew your license after every two years. This is after completing the 15-hour state-approved continuing education course. This must be done before the current license expires on 20 to of September of every even-numbered year. Always ensure you have enrolled with an approved CAM continuing education provider.
The 15 hours can be achieved through online studies, a correspondence course, or a physical classroom.
It’s important to note that individuals who obtained their licenses between October 1, 2020, and September 30, 2022, are exempted from the continuing education requirement on their first renewal. However, they have to renew their license by filing a form and paying the renewal fee.
As a licensed CAM, there are many opportunities that enable you to work with management companies, overseeing the management of many associations as well as individual community associations. That’s one of the key reasons you should always prioritize CAM continuing education.