Closer To Home

We want to hear from you!

CAMICB hopes you and your communities are safe and well as we all practice social distancing to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 Coronavirus. Using our social media channels, we would love to share stories — and photos — of what you and your neighbors are doing in your community to support one another during this unprecedented time. Please email us a short description (and photo if possible) that describes the ways in which you’re staying connected and engaged with your neighbors. 

Please email info@camicb.org with the subject line: Closer To Home

Online COVID-19 Resources

CAI and many course providers have begun providing virtual education opportunities for community association managers to prepare and respond to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on their communities. Check out the List of Approved Continuing Education webpage and On-Demand List for upcoming course options. 

CAI has also launched the COVID-19 Resource Center, a dedicated webpage for information about how COVID-19 may impact community associations and how boards and managers may prevent, prepare and respond to an outbreak. We also continue to encourage managers to follow the latest guidance and updates issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Support CAI’s Advocacy Efforts by Taking Action: Ask Congress to include community associations in the PPP

The House and Senate are currently negotiating additional funding in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While community associations are included in the Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans, they are not included in the PPP, which potentially offers greater access to financial support than other loan programs.  CAI is concerned that community association defaults may rise concurrent with mortgage default payments, imposing unsustainable cashflow constraints on associations that will limit retention of employees and contractors and substantially impair delivery of essential services to owners. Funding from the PPP could help community associations facing cashflow constraints.  

Here’s how you can help:
Email your Members of the U.S. House of Representatives & Senators asking for community associations to be included in the Paycheck Protection Program.  

Send your community’s story, and the financial implications of COVID-19, to government@caionline.org.  CAI will use these stories in their advocacy efforts to make the case for community associations.

Tell the US Congress to please include community associations in the PPP by going to –> https://p2a.co/j9crgA1?

Stay safe and be well. For more information about state and federal government actions impacting community associations and COVID-19, visit www.caionline.org/govcovid19.

Closer To Home

We want to hear from you!

CAMICB hopes you and your communities are safe and well as we all practice social distancing to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 Coronavirus. Using our social media channels, we would love to share stories — and photos — of what you and your neighbors are doing in your community to support one another during this unprecedented time. Please email us a short description (and photo if possible) that describes the ways in which you’re staying connected and engaged with your neighbors. 

Please email info@camicb.org with the subject line: Closer To Home

How To Embed the CMCA Digital Badge into your Email Signature

Adding a hyperlinked badge image to your email signature is a great way to make sure your professional network is aware of your certifications, credentials and other badge-worthy recognition.  Watch this video for a quick tutorial on how to add your badge to an email signature, using Outlook and Gmail as examples. 

These instructions are for PC users. If you’re on a Mac, click here for instructions on adding your badge to email using Gmail.  If you’re having any trouble with adding your badge to your particular email client, contact the Acclaim Support TeamThey’ll be happy to help you troubleshoot. 

Step-by-step: Outlook

  1. ​From Acclaim, click the badge you’d like to embed in your email signature. Click the blue ‘Share’ button. 
  2. Click the ‘Download’ icon. Choose the small image – that will fit best in your email signature. 
  3. Click the ‘URL’ icon and copy it to your clipboard. 
  4. Over in Outlook, create your new email signature by opening a new message, then clicking ‘Signature.’
  5. Click ‘New’ to create a new signature. If you’d like to modify an existing signature, highlight it. 
  6. Name your new signature.
  7. Type any text you’d like in the signature, then click the ‘Image’ icon. 
  8. Locate the badge image you downloaded, then click ‘Insert.’
  9. Next, hyperlink the image  by clicking the badge, then selecting the ‘Hyperlink’ icon.
  10. Paste the URL you copied from Acclaim. 
  11. Click OK to save your new signature. 

Step-by-step instructions: Gmail

  1. From Acclaim, click the badge you’d like to embed in your email signature. Hover your mouse over the badge and right click to copy it.
  2. Within Gmail’s settings, access your email signature.
  3. Right click to paste the badge image into the signature. If the image appears too large, click the badge and select Small from the options presented.
  4. Back in Acclaim, click the blue ‘Share’ button underneath your badge.
  5. Next, click the ‘URL’ icon and copy it to your clipboard.
  6. Within your email signature, highlight the badge image and create a hyperlink with the URL you just copied. 
  7. Click OK to save your new signature.

Are You Looking For Online Education Opportunities During This Pandemic?

CAMICB recognizes that during the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person education opportunities have halted with the worldwide shift to social distancing. To assist in this transition, CAMICB offers a number of online continuing education opportunities.

We have a helpful list of On-Demand webinars available here for managers to view that are free or low-cost, and CAI Headquarters has an entire library dedicated to webinars available for continuing education credit available here. All of CAMICB’s continuing education opportunities can be found here

CAMICB also offers the option for managers to seek out online opportunities that work best for them, and unapproved online options can be e-mailed to info@camicb.org for approval consideration.

For any questions, please reach out to CAMICB at info@camicb.org

Pearson VUE suspends test delivery at U.S.- and Canada-based test centers until April 16

In response to the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), CAMICB’s test administration partner, Pearson VUE, will temporarily close all company-owned U.S. and Canada-based Pearson Professional Centers starting March 16, 2020. The closures will last until April 16, or whenever conditions are deemed safe to re-open.

CMCA candidates whose testing appointments have been cancelled will receive an email notification from Pearson VUE. The notice will provide instructions for scheduling new appointments on or after April 16.  

CAMICB and Pearson VUE recognize that the threat of the virus may not be contained by the date testing centers are scheduled to reopen. Pearson VUE will continue to monitor government guidance to ensure that they can safely serve all candidates as soon as local conditions allow.  

Recognizing that test center closures may interrupt testing plans for CMCA candidates, CAMICB will extend the yearlong exam deadline for candidates that are most affected by this change. All CMCA candidates whose authorization to test expires prior to August 1, 2020 will be granted a deadline extension to August 1. Candidates with an extended authorization to test will receive a confirmation email from CAMICB with further details. 

Pearson VUE will be posting all updates regarding test center closures and other containment measures on their COVID-19 Update webpage. Likewise, CAMICB will use our Coronavirus Update page to post all new information regarding changes to regular certification activities. 

Please direct all questions to info@camicb.org. CAMICB office operations have shifted to a fully remote system and staff may be unable to monitor and respond to incoming phone calls in a timely manner.

As always, CAMICB is committed to the safety and wellbeing of our CMCA candidates, certificants, and all staff involved in the certification process. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work together to help fight the spread of COVID-19.

​​CMCA April 1 Recertification and Annual Service Fee Deadlines Extended to August 1

Updated March 17, 2020 –​ CAMICB is aware of the rapidly evolving impact of efforts to control the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We understand your focus at this difficult time is on your health and that of your family and your community. In response to the pandemic, CAMICB has extended the CMCA recertification and annual service fee deadlines for those credential holders scheduled to renew or recertify from April 1 to August 1. Please review the additional policies regarding this extension.

  • Please Contact CAMICB by Email and Fax Only
    CAMICB staff members are working remotely for at least the next several weeks. We are operational, but staff may be unable to monitor and respond to incoming phone calls in a timely manner. If you have general questions, contact us by email at info@camicb.org. Specific questions about recertification should be directed to Virginia Pierce, Credentialing Associate, at vpierce@camicb.org
  • CMCAs Ready to Recertify or Pay Annual Service Fee Should Do So Immediately and Electronically
    If you are currently prepared to recertify and/or pay your annual service we encourage you to do so now.  Your recertification and payment information will be processed as usual.  There is no need to defer.
  • Future Deadlines
    The April 1, 2020, deadline to recertify or pay the annual service fee is extended to August 1, 2020.  This action is a response to the current COVID-19 pandemic.  Your future annual service fee payment or recertification date will remain April 1. 
  • Earning Continuing Education Remotely
    CAMICB maintains a helpful list of on-demand webinars that are free or low-cost. That listing is available here. CAI offers an extensive library dedicated to webinars available for continuing education credit here. Please note in the coming weeks CAI will be greatly expanding their online programming.  Please check the CAI website – www.caionline.org – regularly for updates. 

    CAMICB also offers the option for managers to seek out self-study CE opportunities. Those options should be approved prior to registration or attending. Questions about online courses that have not yet been approved for CE credit can be e-mailed to info@camicb.org for approval consideration. The written request should include a description of the course (including outline, syllabus, or summary) and the estimated length of time. 

Credits earned during this one-time extension may be used only once toward recertification. You may not count the same course work for this recertification cycle and the next. Online learning must be interactive. Interactive coursework is defined as requiring proof of participation. Please retain all course completion certificates and proof of attendance. Remember: all recertification activity is subject to audit.

CAMICB will update these policies as the COVID-19 emergency continues to evolve and will keep our credential holders fully informed. We are confident in the resilience of our community and know that we will weather this crisis together. For those of us who are distanced from colleagues and friends, please stay in touch with each other and offer each other support in this challenging time.

Looking For Online Learning Opportunities for CMCA Recertification?

CAMICB is continuing to monitor the development and impact of the COVID-19 outbreak as it affects our credential holders worldwide. At this time all deadline dates remain in place, and to help our credential holders renew we are encouraging managers check out our online learning opportunities. 

We have a helpful list of On-Demand webinars available here for managers to view that are free or low-cost, and CAI Headquarters has an entire library dedicated to webinars available for continuing education credit available here

CAMICB also offers the option for managers to seek out online opportunities that work best for them, and unapproved online options can be e-mailed to info@camicb.org for approval consideration.

We will continue to keep all of our CMCA managers updated as we monitor this situation. For questions, e-mail info@camicb.org.

2020 CAI Annual Conference and Exposition: Community NOW and CAI Education Classroom Status

From The Community Associations Institute

We share your concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak and the questions this presents to our community. The health and wellbeing of all CAI members is always paramount.

As we move ahead with holding regularly scheduled Professional Management Development Program (PMDP) classes and planning for the annual conference, CAI will continue to place high importance on facilitating measures that will ensure optimal health and sanitary conditions for our attendees, staff, partners, and volunteers during each program.

We currently expect that CAI’s 2020 Annual Conference & Exposition: Community NOW, scheduled for June 10–13 in Hollywood, Fla., will proceed as planned. We’re monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak at both the global and local levels, and we’re in constant communication with the Broward County Convention and Visitors Bureau and The Diplomat Beach Resort.

Ongoing updates related to CAI’s Annual Conference & Exposition, including education and programming, will continue to be available at www.caionline.org/CommunityNow2020.  

With many of CAI’s Professional Management Development Program (PMDP) education courses planned for this spring and summer, we are evaluating each program individually and, for now, all will continue as scheduled.

Decisions about future programs will be based on daily assessments, and we will communicate any updates to registered attendees and members.

For questions concerning CAI Chapter events, please contact your chapter representatives directly.

For more information about how CAI is monitoring COVID-19 and daily updates to a collection of coronavirus resources, go to www.caionline.org/coronavirus