During the 2014 General Assembly session, a bill was introduced that, if it had passed, would have implemented mandatory licensing of community and condominium managers and placed it under the control of the North Carolina Real Estate Commission. The CAI NC Legislative Action Committee (NC LAC), working along with other organizations, managed to prevent this bill from becoming law. What makes this attempt to assign Community Manager licensing authority to the Real Estate Commission unusual is that the Commission's leaders have publicly stated, multiple times, that they don't want that responsibility. Based on data we have received from multiple persons familiar with this legislation, it is highly likely it will be introduced again in the 2015 legislative session. The CAI NC LAC is prepared to work against the passage of this unwanted bill, but believes that a more positive and long term approach is needed.
After considerable study and conversation with individual managers, community management companies, members of the NC General Assembly and managed community residents, the NC LAC is preparing a bill that could be introduced this legislative session. This new bill differs from previous proposed legislation in that it offers the HOA/Condominium managers the option to obtain the title of "Certified Community Manager." This class of legislation is commonly described as a "title bill." Managers that can demonstrate they have received the prescribed training (comprehensive coursework on community association management and passage of the Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA®) examination, or acceptable equivalent) can file for and receive the certification to use the "Certified Community Manager" title. This title applies only to managers and not to a management company.
No community manager is required to apply for this certification and its use by a community manager is completely optional. As long as the manager maintains the required education, he or she can renew their certification to use the "Certified Community Manager" title. The use of the "Certified Community Manager" title is intended as a way for managers to differentiate themselves when they are seeking employment and in other professional environments.
The NC LAC has drafted the proposed Certified Community Manager bill and is currently planning a series of Town Hall meetings. These meetings are intended to explain the bill in more detail, answer any questions and solicit feedback to contrast the impact of this legislation with that of the anticipated Real Estate Commission mandatory licensing bill. There will be a series of Town Hall conference calls for our membership segments beginning this month.
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