As of July 1, 2011, all condo HOA board members must be certified by the state within 90 days
. This is constituted by an amendment change to the Florida Statutes, and it is with good reason. State officials have been getting complaints for years about condo association boards not abiding by Statute 718.112
of the Florida Statutes. Many condo owners have also complained about the lack of available education for condo association boards, and this is why the mandatory certification is now in place.
Condo board members are now required
to receive their certification within 90 days
of being elected, or they will be removed from the board until they do. This change to the statutes only effects condo association boards, but the legislature is debating whether or not they want to extend this mandatory certification to homeowner associations. This certification can be completed in one of two ways.
1) The board member can attend a state certified training session and receive a certificate of completion when finishing the course. This course is typically only three hours and is often offered for free.
2) The board member can sign an affidavit saying they read all of their community's governing documents and Florida Statute 718.Either of these options is accepted by the state
, but some believe the second option is not good enough. Many believe that board members should be required to attend the class because there is no way to be sure the board member actually reads what they say, and even if they did read it, they may not have understood what it said. These classes provide basic insight on many of the activities that a board will have to perform. Some of these activities include;
- Reserve Funding and Budgets
- Financial Reports
- Condominium Operations
- Records Maintenance
- Conflict Resolution
- And Many More…..
State Officials are hoping
this change will help condo communities on many different levels. They expect that the increased knowledge of board members may help with handling disputes and making decisions for the community. They also believe it will help communities to stay more abreast of current legislation relating to their associations. Sometimes communities can fall behind current state codes, and then they may face projects they were not ready for. These special projects can lead to unforeseen costs that could have been better prepared for.
Overall, state officials and industry professionals agree that this is going to be a very beneficial
change, and they look forward to seeing the positive changes. If you would like more information on attending one of these classes feel free to visit this website
for more information.