Community associations are being transformed due to our volatile economy, rapidly changing technology and with a population that is growing older. In addition, new laws, a mortgage crisis and high unemployment are forcing associations to revaluate how and why things are being done in a certain way. It is unreasonable to believe that management practices of 5 or 10 years ago, will be sufficient today in meeting the new demands of this transformation.
In the future, no matter what level of education, business or practical experience that any Board Member has, there will be new demands and challenges on all Board of Directors. We hope that these categories, pages and links will help present and future Board Members to keep up to date on an ever changing industry.
There is evidence that in the future, our state laws will be requiring more Board Member education, as a condition of being on the Board of Directors of a community association. We already see this happening in the form of requiring future Board Members to swear that they have read and understood their association’s documents. Can classes, online seminars and continuing education be far behind?
We have divided this BOD Education area into 4 sections which will encompass continuing education, information and handy links in the following areas: Accounting, Administration, General and Meetings. It is APM’s hope that all Board Members and interested parties will take the time to review this section, especially when a need arises in your association or when someone is contemplating running for the Board of Directors in their community. Below are links to the 4 different sections in our BOD Education area.
Accounting Administration General Meetings
Below are additional educational links to official forms, educational content and addional sources for Board Members, residents and other interested parties:
Office of the State of Florida Condominium Ombudsman
Notice of Educational Seminars - Division of Florida Condominiums
State Statutes and Administrative Rules
Rules, Forms & State Statutes - Condominium & Cooperatives
Rules, Forms & State Statutes - Homeowners
Condominium Governance Form
Budgets & Reserve Schedules - A Self Study Training Manual
Help In Understanding Proxy Use
Condominium & Cooperative Elections Brochure
Notice Requirements for Condominium & Cooperatives
Official Records Maintenance & Inspection
State of Florida Official Forms for Condominiums & Cooperatives
Official Statutes, Rules & Forms for HOA's
Condominium Owner Rights & Responsibilities
Online Educational Courses for BOD - Florida-Condominium-Management
Community Toolbox for Community Problem Solving
Websites for Community-Related Organizations
Many organizations are working in support of communities to improve the lives of residents throughout the U.S. Here are just a few:
American Institute of Architects: The Institute has advanced the value of architects and architecture since 1857.
American Planning Association: A non-profit public interest and research organization representing 36,000 practicing planners, officials, and citizens involved with urban and rural planning issues.
American Society of Landscape Architects: Founded in 1899, the ASLA is a national professional society that represents the landscape architecture profession in the United States.
Center for Neighborhood Technology: A non-profit organization that helps build prosperous, sustainable communities by linking economic and community development with ecological improvement.
Citizens for Sensible Transportation: Formerly known as STOP, this is a grassroots organization based in Portland, Oregon, that helps people build better communities with less traffic.
The Citizens Network for Sustainable Development: CitNet is an independent, non-profit network bringing together US based organizations, communities, and individuals working on sustainability issues across the US.
Community Associations Institute: A national, non-profit 501(c)(6) association created in 1973 to educate and represent America's 300,000 residential condominium, cooperative, and homeowner associations and related professionals and service providers.
Congress for the New Urbanism: Advocates the restructuring of public policy and development practices to support the restoration of existing urban centers and towns within coherent metropolitan regions.
Earth Pledge Foundation: A non-profit communications company seeking to promote the practical benefits of sustainable development—the need to balance human desire for economic growth with the necessity of environmental, cultural, and social preservation.
Institute for Real Estate Management: IREM has been the source for education, resources, information, and membership for real estate management professionals for more than 70 years.
International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives: An association of local governments dedicated to the prevention and solution of local, regional, and global environmental problems through local action. Nearly 500 cities, towns, counties, and their associations from around the world are members of the Council.
Land Trust Alliance: Promotes voluntary land conservation and strengthens the land trust movement by providing the leadership, information, skills, and resources land trusts need to conserve land for the benefit of communities and natural systems.
Local Government Commission: A non-profit, nonpartisan, membership organization composed of forward-thinking elected officials, city and county staff, and other interested individuals committed to developing and implementing local solutions to problems of state and national significance.
The National Board of Certification for Community Association Managers (NBC-CAM): NBC-CAM grants the Certified Manager of Community Associations® (CMCA®) credential to individuals who demonstrate fundamental knowledge and expertise in managing homeowner and condominium associations and cooperatives.
National Center for Appropriate Technology: With programs in energy, agriculture, and communities, the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) provides information and access to sustainable technologies community-based approaches that can help improve the lives of economically disadvantaged people.
National Civic League: Founded in 1894 by Theodore Roosevelt, Louis Brandeis, and other turn-of-the-century progressives, NCL is an advocacy organization vigorously promoting the principles of collaborative problem-solving and consensus-based decision-making in local community building.
National Housing Institute: An independent, non-profit organization founded in 1975 that examines the issues causing the crisis in housing and community in America.
Rails to Trails: Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is a nonprofit organization working with communities to preserve and transform unused rail corridors into trails that enhance the health of America's environment, economy, neighborhoods, and people.
Sierra Club: Founded in the spring of 1892, the Sierra Club has made a commitment to protecting the Earth and its endangered treasures.
Sustainable Communities Network: The Sustainable Communities Network seeks to increase the visibility of what has worked for other communities, and to promote a lively exchange of information to help create community sustainability in both urban and rural areas.
U.S. Bureau of the Census: Collector and provider of timely, relevant, and quality data about the people and economy of the United States.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Seeks to provide a decent, safe, and sanitary home and suitable living environment for every American by fighting for fair housing, increasing affordable housing and home ownership, reducing homelessness, promoting jobs and economic opportunity, empowering people and communities, and restoring the public trust.
Urban Land Institute: Seeks to provide leadership in the responsible use of land to enhance the total environment.
Walkable Communities Inc.: A non-profit corporation, established in the state of Florida in 1996, helping communities become more walk able and pedestrian-friendly.