Check Out the CMCA Corner Blog!

Hi, I’m Dawn Bauman, executive director of the National Board of Certification for Community Association Managers.  Yes, it’s a mouthful. Please call us NBC-CAM.

A word about the CMCA:  We’re the only worldwide recognized certification for community association managers.  For the past 15 years, nearly 12,000 professional managers – or those who want to practice with more professionalism – have earned the CMCA. It’s a matter of:

  • Coursework in accounting, collections, contracting, ethics, facilities maintenance, finance, governance, insurance and risk management and the law.
  • Passing a rigorous examination.
  • Adherence to a code of professional ethics and continuing education in the field.

CMCA Corner is a blog devoted to helping CMCAs like you share stories, get information, find ideas, get to know each other and see the lighter side of your work.  Please start a new post or comment on another post; that’s how we will make this community successful.

I will cover topics related to all areas of community association management, governance, leadership and current events.  What’s more, I’ll introduce you to your fellow CMCAs, so you can see how the field attracts smart, hardworking good people.  It’s amazing to me that despite the job pressures, CMCAs are some of the warmest, sanest and most level-headed people I know. You’ll find out what your colleagues like to do for fun, and their favorite parts of their jobs.

I’m not a manager, but I work with respected professionals across the field. I know we can count on them to share their wisdom in this blog, too.

32 thoughts on “Check Out the CMCA Corner Blog!

    • Joel,

      Great question! Below are the statistics:
      Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA) – 11,351 or nearly 12,000
      Association Management Specialist (AMS) – 5,812 or nearly 6,000
      Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM – 2,085 or more than 2,000. We also have additional tools; including sample messaging, for you to promote the CMCA to your clients in your marketing materials. FInd the messaging on our web site at We also have brochures that promote the CMCA certification specifically for community association clients. These brochures are free.I will send them to you via snail mail.

  1. Is anyone using a ‘text blast’ communication tool in their communities? Basically its like an email blast program, but with mobile phones and text messages. I am currently researching companies and so far have spoken with Thumbfound. Any other input from other managers would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • I think this is a wonderful idea; we all deal with so much on a day to day (sometimes hour to hour) basis as managers. I feel this will be a great resource for sharing ideas and innovative solutions to bring to our clients.

    • Hi T.R.,

      Yes, we have a large scale community, and today is literally our first day using TOPS. So we still have plenty of our own kinks and issues we are working to resolve. Sorry I can’t offer any advice, however, I’d be curious to see if anyone else out there does!

  2. Are there any resources available for finding a CMCA member who might be interested in a position in a 110 unit PUD in Washington State, north of Seattle?

  3. I’ve been using TOPS for almost 2 years, and can share some tips:
    When entering the owner’s home telephone number, put the cell number in the ‘home’ box if the cell is used more often. Doing this, a work order will have the correct contact number.
    Add a -7 or -13 next to the owner’s name when separating bankrupcy accounts, as TOPS only recognizes dollar amounts, not names.
    I also add the association’s acronym to the owner’s name if the unit is in possession (ex: John XYZ Smith)

    Anyone else have TOPS Tips?

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