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Certified Common Interest Development Manager

On July 1, 2003, the California Legislature enacted Section 11502.5 of the Business and Professions Code, which defines a certified common interest development manager and requires a person who provides or contemplates providing the services of a common interest development manager to annually disclose specified information to the board of directors of the community association.

Existing law requires a common interest development association to file articles of incorporation with the Secretary of State and requires the articles to contain specified information, including whether the association's managing agent is certified.

Existing law requires a person, in order to be called a "certified common interest development manager" to have either passed an examination or achieved certification designated by a professional association for community association managers within the previous 5 years and to have satisfied other specified educational requirements.

This law, for the purpose of permitting a person to be called a "certified common interest development manager," requires that the person:
  • Receive eight (8) hours of instruction in California law (Note: CAI's Common Interest Development Law Course was created specifically to comply with the certification law) and prior to July 1, 2003, have passed an examination or been granted certification or designation by a professional association for common interest development managers.
  • On or after July 1, 2003 to successfully complete an educational curriculum that shall be no less than a combined 30 hours in coursework described in the Code and pass an examination or examinations that test competence in common interest development management. The 30-hour requirement shall include eight hours of instruction in California law.