As a licensed CAM, a CAM applicant, a board member or service provider, Florida CAM Schools, LLC, offers educational opportunities for you.
Managers-Increase your value to the communities you serve by participating in the 40-hour Florida Advanced CAM Studies course and earn your CFCAM-Certified Florida Community Association Manager designation.
CAM applicants-Get started in a Florida career by attending the 18-hour required Florida CAM Prelicensing Course. Career opportunities abound!
Board members-Deepen your knowledge and sharpen skills by participating in the Condominium Board Certification Course or Boardmanship.
Service providers-Go deep with the Do Business with Community Associations Series.
For your educational needs-Click a tab at the top!!
The 18-hour required Florida CAM Prelicensing Course is offered by Florida CAM Schools in various methods; one of which will suit your needs!
Classroom (Orlando, St. Augustine, Sunrise/Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, Panama City Beach, Leesburg)
Correspondence (e mail to request an order form Betsy)
CAM Applicant requirements:
A license issued by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation is required when an individual receives compensation for services from a community association and the association(s) served contains more than 10 units or has an annual budget(s) in excess of $100,000.
The applicant must be at least 18 years of age; file a completed application with a fingerprint card; complete 18 hours of Regulatory Council approved pre-licensure education; pay the appropriate fees; be of good moral character; and pass the state examination. All applicants are required to satisfactorily complete a minimum of 18 classroom hours of pre-licensure education conducted by an approved provider within 12 months prior to the date of examination.
To download your Community Association Manager Application, Click here
To download your Candidate Information Booklet, Click here (PDF)
Florida CAM Schools' continuing education classes are contained within the 40-hour FACS class; the prerequisite course for Florida managers to earn their CFCAM (Certified Florida Community Association Manager) designation from Florida Community Association Professionals. www.fcaponline.net
The individual community association manager license period is two (2) years which begins October 1st of even-numbered years and ends September 30th of the next even-numbered year.
To be renewed, individual community association managers are required to complete at least 10 hours for each year of licensure for a total of 20 hours in a 2-year period. The hours must be as follows:
4 hours of instruction on the legal updates. 2 hours must be completed during each year
4 hours of instruction on insurance and financial management topics
4 hours of instruction on the operation of community association physical property
4 hours of instruction on human resources topics relating to community association management
4 hours of additional instruction in any area described above
The 40-hour Florida Advanced CAM Studies course provides 18 of these required hours!
NOW AVAILABLE - 2013 Legal Update/Correspondence - $39 (includes sales tax) shipped in .PDF format via e mail. Includes 20 question final exam and requires 75% passing score. Contact Betsy for an order form.
Students of Florida CAM Schools will receive on-going web-based support through newsletters, e mails, and videos. Using a personal log-in account, students can choose to interact with each other using social media networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.
Florida CAM Schools graduates also receive a 1-year complimentary subscription to Florida Community Association Journal, the industry's leading professional publication.
Students who join FCAP-Florida Community Association Professionals will gain the invaluable support of this Florida-specific professional organization. www.fcaponline.net
Condominium Board Member Education Course
In this 4-hour classroom course, newly elected or appointed directors will receive relevant information to their fiduciary duties and how it relates to operation of their community associations. The 100-page manual includes these topics: State and Federal Laws, Governing Documents, Meeting Procedures, Budget and Financial Preparation, Asset Protection and Insurance, and Community Association Operations. $59 per person. Registration is on line; check the website calendar for dates.
This manual is also available as a correspondence course with a final exam composed of 85 multiple choice questions. Passing score is 64 or more. $63.13 which includes sales tax. Call or e mail for an order form - 352-326-8365 or Betsy@floridacamschools.com
Upon successful completion of the 4-hour classroom course, or a passing score of 64 or more on the correspondence course final exam, a Certificate of Completion will be issued by Florida CAM Schools, LLC. Florida CAM Schools, LLC, is an approved provider by the DBPR/Division of Condominiums.
Boardmanship training is also available for homeowners' association and cooperative association boards of directors. Call or e mail for details and pricing - 352-326-8365 or Betsy@FloridaCAMSchools.com
... we all can't say enough great things about Betsy and the invaluable and totally misunderstood CAM licensing programs she continually organizes, prepares & teaches. - John Stafford
Truly the pleasure was mine. As an instructor, and a lawyer with 23 years of civil litigation experience, it is not often that I attend a course that is so instructive, informative, and engaging. I cannot imagine any other licensure course that would prepare an individual at such a detailed level to embark on or advance their career in community association management.Your faithful student, Alan B. Garfinkel, Founding Partner, Katzman Garfinkel & Berger
Florida CAM school is an approved school from the DBPR. Betsy Barbieux was the instructor that educated me on this subject. She is a generous, wiseful, educated women. Moreover she is professional and informal in her teaching skills. For example, she has some jingles to help to remember some of the Florida Statutes.The course was held in IKEA, which was an experience for me, because I never expected to take a course in a store. Nevertheless the location was great, it included complementary drinks and breakfast snacks, which are amazing. The floor to ceiling glass windows gives you the feeling of a corporate office in my opinion is better opposed to a college dungeon. Overall Florida CAM is an inclusive choice for either pre-ed or post-ed. Jethro B
I wish to thank you for the very informative course that helped me pass. The course targeted the most asked questions that were on the test. A person still has to study before they take the test. I studied very hard and that makes a difference. I wish the other students do as well in their tests. Thank You, Nolan Vaughn
CAM - Community Association Manager. A person who is licensed by the State of Florida, Department of Business and Professional Regulation/Division of Professions to manages Florida community associations of 10 or more units or budgets of more than $100,000, where membership is mandatory, and the community may impose assessments and has the lien right for unpaid assessments.
(Note-it is not necessary to put an "L" in front. That practice is a through back to 1988 when the license law became effective. Those CAMs who complied with that new law wanted to distinguish themselves from those who had not. Hence, the practice of putting the "L" for "licensed" in front of the CAM. Today, it is totally unnecessary.)
FCAP - Florida Community Association Professionals. A Florida organization supporting all aspects of Florida community association living. Its members are made up of managers, management companies, service providers and community leaders and volunteers. www.fcaponline.net
FACS - Florida Advanced CAM Studies Course. A 40-hour in depth course for managers on Florida-specific topics and practices. Students complete an extensive examination, submit to a vetting process, and participate in an interview. Upon successful completion of the course, each student is awarded the CFCAM designation.
CFCAM - Certified Florida Community Association Manager. A designation awarded by FCAP upon completion of the FACS course.
DBCA - Do Business with Community Associations series. Courses designed specifically for service providers who provide goods and services to our Florida community associations. DBCA 101 is the prerequisite course for a company to apply for its CASP designation from FCAP. DBCA 101 is also a prerequisite course for an individual to participate in advanced courses 102, 103, and 104.
CASP - Community Association Service Provider. A designation awarded by FCAP after a company has at least one employee complete DBCA 101, submit an application, and agree to be thoroughly vetted.
CFCAL - Certified Florida Community Association Leader. A designation awarded by FCAP after a community volunteer leader completes an approved educational program.
CAI - Community Associations Institute. A national organization supporting community associations, managers, and community volunteers.
NBC-CAM - National Board of Certification of Community Association Managers. The educational and certification partner of CAI National that awards the designations.
CMCA - Certified Manager of a Community Association. A designation offered by CAI to a manager upon successful completion of the M-100 Course and test. www.caionline.org
AMS - Association Manager Specialist. A designation offered by CAI to a manager who successfully completes an advanced series of courses.
PCAM - Professional Community Association Manager. A designation offered by CAI to a manager who successfully completes additional advanced courses and participates in a Case Study.
CE - Continuing Education. In order for a Florida manager to maintain and renew his bi-annual license, 20 hours of continuing education must be taken in specific areas of instruction.
DBPR - Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Division of Professions - Created under the DBPR to regulate certain licensed professions including CAMs.
Division of Condominiums - Created under the DBPR to regulate Condominiums, Cooperatives, Mobile Homes, Timeshares, and certain aspects of Homeowners' Associations.
ARC or ARB - Architechtural Review Committee/Board. A committee within a community that has the power to approve or disapprove an owner's request for modifications to his unit or parcel.
How to Apply for a CAM License if You Live Out of State
Applying with the State of Florida to take the CAM test is a little lengthy if you live out of state. Apply on line at the DBPR website, make your payment, and upload your Certificate of Completion. Finger printing and back ground check is different for people who live out of state. You must have DBPR send you a finger print card and take it to a local law enforcement office in your state. DBPR sends you specific instructions that must be followed concerning your out of state finger prints. If you live out of state you cannot go to a site in Florida and have your finger prints scanned because vendors are required to see a Florida photo ID.
Your local PearsonVue testing center may only offer the CAM exam once a month.
The DBPR explains that for an out of state person to apply for the license test it usually takes several weeks longer to get everything checked out before they give you permission to take the test. It could take as long as 90 days to receive permission to schedule your exam.
Truly the pleasure was mine. As an instructor, and a lawyer with 23 years of civil litigation experience, it is not often that I attend a course that is so instructive, informative, and engaging. I cannot imagine any other licensure course that would prepare an individual at such a detailed level to embark on or advance their career in community association management.
Your faithful student,
Alan B. Garfinkel, Founding Partner, Katzman Garfinkel & Berger
"Florida CAM school is an approved school from the DBPR. Betsy Barbieux was the instructor that educated me on this subject. She is a generous, wiseful, educated women. Moreover she is professional and informal in her teaching skills. For example, she has some jingles to help to remember some of the Florida Statutes.The course was held in IKEA, which was an experience for me, because I never expected to take a course in a store. Nevertheless the location was great, it included complementary drinks and breakfast snacks, which are amazing. The floor to ceiling glass windows gives you the feeling of a corporate office in my opinion is better opposed to a college dungeon. Overall Florida CAM is an inclusive choice for either pre-ed or post-ed."
I wish to thank you for the very informative course that helped me pass. The course targeted the most asked questions that were on the test. A person still has to study before they take the test. I studied very hard and that makes a difference. I wish the other students do as well in their tests.
Thank You, Nolan Vaughn
Bearing your request for feedback in mind, I kept alert for uncovered territory during the exam. While I noticed some tricky ways of asking questions, there weren't any topics raised that the class didn't cover. I carefully reviewed the class materials before the exam, and that got me through, although all I know is that I passed. They don't tell you how well or poorly you did, which I had wanted to know. Oh, well. The main thing is that I passed and that the class and materials were up to the task of enabling me to do that.
Just dropping you a line to let you know that I am licensed now. I passed my CAM test on the first try! Your course was great!
Thanks, Connie M. Clark
Just to let you know, I just got back from test and I passed. Test had a couple of areas that I either missed or were not covered in class....... Thanks for all your help in passing test.
I wanted to follow up and let you know that yesterday I passed the LCAM exam. When I attended your class last month I was unsure if I wanted to take the exam. I decided to pursue the exam and the training and handbook that you offered was the key to my success. Thank you.
Betsy, I wanted to take an opportunity to thank you for extending your professional talents to our group for the past two days. Your professional attitude and your ability to instruct and teach are qualities to be admired. It is very clear to see you are dedicated to our profession and have the professional knowledge to go with it. It was an extreme pleasure to have had the opportunity to meet you and to be a part of this group. If you should need anything in the future, please know that you can count on me. My best to you and your future success in training our future managers. It is professionals such as yourself that make the difference and carry the torch forward and allow better understanding of what is needed to improve our industry. You are the best.
Ron Stephens CMCA, AMS, PCAM
Yes I passed the exam yay! I skipped five questions and at the end came back to them; these five you did cover the information, it was the way they worded the questions that made me skip them.
... But other than those few questions I knew all the others or at least I think I did. I will never know -- all I know is that I passed and I had a wonderful teacher. You absolutely covered everything that was on that test. So thank you for all your wonderful advise.
And Betsy thank you again for allowing me to sit in on your class this week I wouldn't have been able to do it with out you. - Billie Laney
Hi! I just wanted to let you know I just passed my test, on the first try! I cannot thank you enough for a great class and your advice. I look forward to getting my first job in this industry. Thank you again. - Matt Cecchini
For an oceanfront Daytona Beach high rise. Must have practical hands on maintenance knowledge and skills, overall knowledge of accounting procedures and record keeping. A minimum of 5 years of experience in high rise oceanfront condominiums is required.
For an active homeowners association in Boca Raton. Will have the general responsibility of governing the activities of the association, including planning, directing or coordinating the sale/leasing of vacant homes and establishing leases.