Member Designations

We help you stay at the top of your game.

 The most important action you can take to increase your earning potential, accelerate your career, and grow your business in this booming industry is to obtain credentials​ that keep you sharp and competitive.  CAI's Professional Management Development Program and credentialing program can help you achieve these goals.



The Certified Manager of Community Associations - (CMCA) certification program measures the basic knowledge required to manage a community association. Candidates for the certification are required to successfully complete CAI's M-l00 course, "The Fundamentals of Community Association Management" and pass a national examination designed to test fundamental knowledge of community association management. CMCAs are required to abide by a code of ethics and to complete continuing education courses for recertification.  These requirements are similar to those mandated by most state licensure programs.

A professional CMCA has achieved the standards identified and adopted Board of Certification for Community Association Managers. Earning this certification demonstrates to members of the profession, the public, and associations a commitment and interest in providing a high level of quality community association management.  This Certification Program, which is voluntary, provides assurance that the manager demonstrated the knowledge necessary to perform fundamental community association management functions.

Association Management Specialist -  (AMS) designation is awarded to managers who have successfully completed the M-100:  The Essentials of Community Association Management and have been involved in the daily operations of community associations for at least two years.

Professional Community Association Manager - (PCAM) requires successful completion of extensive course work through a series of the Professional Development Programs (PMDP), a two-day case study, successful completion of a thesis, and a minimum of three years of professional community association management experience.

Large-Scale Manager -  (LSM) 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

Accredited Association Management Company - (AAMC) designation recognizes community management firms that meet rigid criteria in the areas of financial management, fidelity insurance coverage, and specialized industry education and training for employees.  To qualify for AAMC status, CAI must receive written verification of satisfactory service from three clients before an applicant company is considered.  Applicants must also agree to abide by CAI’s Professional Manager Code of Ethics.  It is a requirement that the company have a PCAM® member who acts in a supervisory position.