The most successful association managers realize they don't know everything. To achieve an optimal level of efficiency in the workplace, a manager must stay abreast of current legal developments, evolving building technology, and fresh communication methods in association administration.
Few in this business actually study association management and—right after school step into a management position. Most enter from other fields and learn association management specifics on the job. Many managers network with other industry professionals, an excellent method of staying current; others read leading industry publications like The New Jersey Cooperator…another smart move.
Additionally, some attend conventions (including The Nevada Cooperator’s annual Expo!) and others learn from supervisors. Indeed, there are many ways to expand knowledge in this industry, but few methods are more instrumental to a manager’s career than continuing education classes. Surprisingly, continuing education isn’t a difficult process. Some management companies make it really easy by actually paying for classes, while other classes are free of charge. Plus, not only do classes help association managers improve their skills and services, they help advance careers and compensation packages, as well.
Association managers in Nevada have a wide range of choices for continuing education. Courses are offered by organizations like the Community Associations Institute (CAI and the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). Many law firms and professional businesses that service the industry host classes, also.
CAI, says Frank Rathbun, the organization's Senior VP of Communications, has a program that can lead to a hierarchy of professional credentials and designations. “Our Professional Management Development Program (PMDP) features 17 courses beginning with The Essentials of Community Association Management and followed by Facilities Management, Community Governance, Financial Management, and Managing the Large-Scale Association,” says Rathbun. For a complete list of the courses, go to www.caionline.org.