Board Member and Home Owner Education

Posted: 4/30/2013

If you are a member of your community association's board of directors, you have a responsibility to educate yourself about your role. Architectural review, contracting, communication, meeting conduct, insurance, financial reports and rules enforcement are some of the main subjects you should be prepared to deal with. Where can you look for information? There are many educational opportunities for both new and experienced Board Members.

Your Management Team
The first educational resource for board members is the person who serves as your Property Manager. They are familiar with a wide array of topics encountered every day in community associations. Do you need help conducting a productive meeting in the shortest time possible? Ask your manager. They either know the answers or they will be able to get them for you. Your manager can also help you avoid reinventing the wheel. They are knowledgeable about how other associations have successfully dealt with problems that your community is experiencing.

Professional Organizations
CAI, ACHTA and IREM provide education and resources to community association homeowners and the professionals who work in this industry. Their resourceful websites have useful tips and articles on a wide variety of topics.

Another great source of educational information is the Internet. Answers to many questions are available online. If you want to educate yourself on the state statutes governing your community, a copy of the law is just a few clicks away. Don't forget that our website has a resource section, FAQ section, a list of phone numbers for municipal services, all the major utility companies, and other services. If you need more specific information about your association, you can log into your account to have access to your ledger and get copies of documents you might need for a sale or refinance such as meeting minutes, budgets and rules. Board members can also view the financials. This system is available 24 hours a day, which means you can get those documents even when the office is closed.

More than ever before, there are educational opportunities for board members who want to enhance their knowledge. By taking advantage of the resources available, you will be doing your best as resident and Board Member for your community association.