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Community Managers Designations

Accelerate your career as a community association manager by achieving CAI's professional manager credentials.

Thrive as a Community Association Management Professional

The most important action you can take to increase your earning potential and accelerate your career is to obtain credentials that prove you are the right professional for the job.

CAI 2021 Manager Salary Survey

The 2021 Community Association Manager Compensation and Salary Survey is the seventh salary survey conducted by the Foundation for Community Association Research since the year 2000. Each edition provides an interesting snapshot of the field and enhances understanding of this growing and dynamic profession. Click here to purchase the survey.

CMCA® – Certified Manager of Community Associations

The Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA®) is the only international certification program designed exclusively for managers of homeowner and condominium associations and cooperatives. The CMCA recognizes individuals who have demonstrated the fundamental knowledge required to manage community associations. 

Association homeowners and board members as well as management companies seek qualified professionals to manage their communities. Obtaining the CMCA certification will give both you and your employer confidence that you have the specialized skills they need. 

The CMCA is administered by the Community Association Managers International Certification Board CAMICB). Find out more at this link

AMS – Association Management Specialist

The AMS designation demonstrates a higher level of commitment to your career and the community association industry. An AMS designation is recommended for managers who want to enhance their career opportunities by increasing their knowledge and expertise. 

PCAM – Professional Community Association Manager

The pinnacle of community association management. The PCAM designation is the highest professional recognition available nationwide to managers who specialize in community association management. Earn your PCAM and join the elite—the select—the best. 

Recommended for experienced managers who want to demonstrate advanced skills and knowledge and who wish to be recognized as one of the best and most experienced managers in the nation. 

LSM – Large Scale Manager

This specialist designation is designed to allow PCAM designees to specialize within their profession. CAI acknowledges the unique aspects of being a large-scale community manager and is providing an opportunity for recognition and continuing education in order for you to expand your career opportunities. 

For complete information on CAI’s credentials for community managers, including background and educational requirements, and recertification, visit this link.