Serving on your condominium or homeowners association board can provide a sense of accomplishment and personal satisfaction. It’s a way to use your talents and experience to work for the betterment of your community.

An estimated 2.5 million board and committee members in the U.S. do just that, providing 90 million hours of service worth an estimated $2.3 billion, according to the 2019 National and State Statistical Review for Community Association Data from the Foundation for Community Association Research. The best homeowner volunteer leaders govern fairly, responsibly, and selflessly to build stronger, more prosperous communities.

At CAI, we know there is usually a correlation between the level of homeowner involvement and the long-term success of a community. While businesses and professionals deliver specialized support, it’s the homeowner volunteer leaders who are accountable to their neighbors.

That’s why, for more than 45 years, we have supported the belief that homeowner involvement is essential, and that education is a critical component to an association’s success.

Earlier this year, CAI proudly launched the new Board Leader Certificate, a program designed to provide a foundation for effective community association board leadership. Whether you’re an experienced board member or considering volunteering, we’ve outlined simple steps to help you get started.

First, enroll in the Board Leader Certificate Course (formerly known as the Board Leadership Development Workshop) at CAI’s Learning Center page. The course is offered in two formats: classroom instruction through CAI chapters, or as an online, self-study course.

After completion of the course, students will acknowledge that they’ve read and understood three key CAI educational resources: Model Code of Ethics for Community Association Board Members, Community Association Governance Guidelines, and Rights and Responsibilities for Better Communities. Community association leaders who complete the program will receive a certificate and recognition on CAI’s website.

Whether a community is self-managed or professionally managed, we encourage you to get involved in your association. There are many opportunities—from leading a specific project to chairing a committee to running for a seat on the board. Being an effective homeowner volunteer leader is a commitment that allows you to showcase your experiences and move your community forward.

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