Questions & Answers

What are the requirements for becoming a licensed Florida Community Association Manager (CAM)?

To become a Florida Community Association Manager, you must successfully complete the 16 Hour CAM Pre-License Course, submit an application with fee ($205.50), have electronic fingerprints taken through PearsonVUE ($58.02) and successfully complete the state examination.

When did the Florida CAM Pre-Licensing Education requirements change from 18 hours to 16 hours?

On January 31, 2019 Florida Governor Ron DeSantis held a special event called "Florida Deregathon" requesting ideas from the state's professional licensing boards to reduce government regulations.

Based on the Governor's request, the Florida Regulatory Council of Community Association Managers decided to reduce the CAM pre-licensing education requirement from 18 hours to 16 hours. They also reduced the CAM continuing education requirement from 20 hours to 15 hours. These changes went into effect on August 15, 2019.

How does the Florida 16 Hour CAM Pre-Licensing Classroom Course at Larson Educational Services differ from Correspondence or Online Courses?

The difference between classroom education and online education is quite significant.

Classroom Courses

With our classroom courses you will be taught by professionally trained instructors who are not only experts in the Community Association industry, but they also understand how to prepare you for success on the exam. In a classroom setting you are able to ask questions, get clarification on subject matter that you may not understand, network with other professionals and HAVE FUN!

We understand that "going back to school" is not at the top of your to-do list, so we make sure you have a comfortable learning environment that is geared toward your comfort, and our interactive and energetic instructors make sure you have an enjoyable experience. Our reputation for high-quality classroom experiences is the reason why we are the market leader in Florida Community Association Manager education.

Correspondence or Online Courses

The correspondence or online courses are geared toward those individuals who have previous CAM experience, have been licensed in another state or are very comfortable in an online learning environment. Online learning is not right for everyone, but it can be a very convenient way to complete the required education. Keep in mind, however, if you do choose to complete the education in an online format, that it is up to you to determine when and where you will proceed through the course, as opposed to the classroom course where the schedule is already laid out for you and our instructors will tell you how to proceed through the course material.

Please call us at 239-344-7510 if you have further questions about the difference between classroom and online education or need guidance in making a selection.

When is a community association manager license required?

A CAM license is required when managing an association of more than 10 units and/or has an annual budget in excess of $100,000.

What types of properties hire community association managers?

Community association managers are generally hired at mobile home parks, planned unit developments, homeowners associations, cooperatives, timeshares, condominiums, or other residential units which are authorized to impose a fee that may become a lien on the parcel.

What are some typical responsibilities of a community association manager?

Responsibilities include:

  • controlling or disbursing association funds;
  • determining how or when to prepare budgets or other financial documents for an association;
  • determining how or when to provide notice of meetings or to conduct association meetings;
  • maintaining and/or having authorization to spend association petty cash;
  • coordinating maintenance for the residential development; and
  • performing other day-to-day services involved with the operation of a community association.

I want to be a property manager. Is a CAM License required?

No. A community association manager (CAM) license is not applicable to the management of apartment buildings, commercial property or single-family dwellings. There is no state license for a property manager. However, if you will be receiving compensation in the form of commissions for securing tenants you will be required to have a Florida Real Estate License.

How often do I need to renew my license?

All CAM licenses expire September 30 of every even-numbered year. If you already have your license and need to complete continuing education or have questions about your license renewal requirements, take a look at our CAM License Renewal Requirements page.

My license expired two or more years ago, and is now null and void. How do I become a licensed community association manager again?

You may petition for reinstatement of a null and void license if you failed to renew your license due to unusual hardship or illness. If the council denies reinstatement, you will be required to reapply for licensure as a new applicant, including pre-licensure education. You are not, however, required to take the state examination again.

I am not using my community association manager license. Can I place my license in an inactive status?

Yes, you may place your license in an inactive status. You may do this at renewal time for an inactive renewal fee of $105 or you may submit a request at any time other than the renewal period, along with your original license and a change of status fee of $15.

How can I reactivate my inactive license?

If you did not renew your license during the previous renewal cycle, you must complete 15 hours of continuing education. This total includes 3 hours of legal update continuing education. View our upcoming CAM Continuing Education courses.