Effective August 15, 2019, the Regulatory Council of Community Association Managers changed the requirements for continuing education for license renewal. The number of hours required have been reduced from 20 to 15 hours each license period. The new requirements are:
- All community association manager licensees must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 15 hours of continuing education per biennial renewal cycle. No license shall be renewed unless the licensee has completed the required continuing education.
- Only continuing education courses approved by the Council shall be valid for purposes of licensee renewal.
- The required 15 hours of continuing education shall be comprised of courses approved pursuant to Rule 61E14-4.003, F.A.C., in the following areas:
(a) Three-hours of legal update seminars. The legal update seminars shall consist of instruction regarding changes to Chapters 455, 468, Part VIII, 617, 718, 719, 720, and 721, F.S., and other legislation, case law, and regulations impacting community association management. Licensees shall not be awarded continuing education credit for completing the same legal update seminar more than once even if the seminars were taken during different years.
(b) Three-hours of instruction on insurance and financial management topics relating to community association management.
(c) Three-hours of instruction on the operation of the community association’s physical property.
(d) Three-hours of instruction on human resources topics relating to community association management. Human resources topics include, but are not limited to, disaster preparedness, employee relations, and communications skills for effectively dealing with residents and vendors.
Three-hours of additional instruction in any area described in paragraph (3) (b), (c) or (d) of this rule or in any course or courses directly related to the management or administration of community associations.
Jeffrey Rembaum, Esq. of Kaye, Bender, Rembaum attorneys at law, legal practice consists of representation of condominium, homeowner, commercial and mobile home park associations, as well as exclusive country club communities and the developers who build them. He is a regular columnist for The Condo News, a biweekly publication and was inducted into the 2012, 2013 & 2014 Florida Super Lawyers. He can be reached at 561-241-4462.