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CMCA Credentialing Program Earns Prestigious International Accreditation
Through ANSI National Accreditation Board
Falls Church, Virginia – May 12, 2021 – The Community Association Managers International Certification Board (CAMICB) announced the CMCA credentialing program has been awarded international accreditation by the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) as complying with standard ISO/IEC 17024, a conformity assessment for personnel certification bodies. ANAB establishes the specialized system for worldwide standardization, setting the requirements and the framework, at a global level, for the operation of certification bodies. ANAB accreditation to the ISO/IEC 17024 Standard supports the increasing technological and global specialization of skills and personnel.
Said Chair of the CAMICB Board of Commissioners, Drew Mulhare, CMCA, LSM, PCAM, “Earning this ISO/IEC accreditation is critical because it shows the CMCA credential meets the global benchmark for certification programs and assures the CMCA credential is serving the field of community association management in a consistent, comparable, and reliable manner worldwide.”
Added Thomas M. Skiba, CAE, Community Associations Institute’s (CAI) Chief Executive Officer, “As the demand for education in community association management has grown considerably outside of the United States, so too has the need for an internationally accredited credentialing program. Earning this prestigious accreditation means the CMCA credential has achieved the highest standard in professional certification and stands alone in the community association housing profession.”
The CMCA credentialing program ISO/IEC accreditation came as a result of a rigorous evaluation conducted by ANAB, that included a thorough analysis of test data, and detailed audits of CAMICB’s management systems, test development and psychometric procedures.
“Gaining ISO/IEC accreditation is particularly important as recognition of the value of the CMCA credential has grown around the world,” said Michael Hurley, Director of the Australian-based Strata Title Management Pty Ltd. “CAMICB already delivers the CMCA exam in Dubai, UAE, Australia, Canada, Panama and elsewhere outside of the United States; it’s particularly exciting to see the next phase of this expansion.”
The CMCA credentialing program was first accredited in 2010 through the US-based National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), representing third-party validation of compliance with the highest domestic standards in professional credentialing. It has since been reaccredited twice by NCCA, most recently in 2020.
Said Mulhare, “Achieving both NCCA and ISO/IEC 17024 accreditation places the CMCA credential in an elite cohort of professional certification programs and speaks to the importance the CAMICB Board of Commissioners places on conducting the CMCA program in full accordance with best practices in professional credentialing. We take this responsibility to the profession seriously and are extremely proud of this achievement as we continue to establish the credential as a baseline for building the profession worldwide.”
Added Judy Rosen, CMCA (Ret.), AMS, PCAM (Ret.), who is a past Chair of the CAMICB Board of Commissioners and strong advocate for pursuing ISO accreditation for the CMCA credentialing program, “After years of working in community association management and watching the profession grow, within and outside of the United States, I’m thrilled to see the CMCA credentialing program earn this important accreditation. Accreditation against the (ISO/IEC) Standard 17024 is critical for certification bodies who have global operations.”
Maintaining High Standards
“Community managers from around the world report that the responsibilities of a professional manager for condominiums, homeowners associations, housing cooperatives and master-planned communities are comprised of the core competencies identified by the CAMICB job task analysis, including governance, legal, budgeting and reserves, contracting, financial controls, risk management, facilities maintenance, meetings and human resources,” said Dawn M. Bauman, CAE, former Executive Director of CAMICB and CAI's Senior Vice President for Government and Public Affairs. “The ISO/IEC accreditation of the CMCA program provides assurances to homeowners, developers, regulators, and legislators that professional managers who have earned and maintained the CMCA credential have the comprehensive competency and ethical standards to serve their communities.”
Both NCCA and ISO accreditation require continued compliance with their respective standards. To maintain NCCA accreditation, the CMCA credentialing program must undergo a rigorous reaccreditation process every five years. Following the initial ISO/IEC accreditation, the CMCA credentialing program will be reexamined on an annual basis through an in-depth document review and on-site assessment of the program.
“Moving forward, the CMCA credentialing program must be reassessed every year to ensure it continues to meet the ISO/IEC 17024 standard,” said CAMICB Executive Director, John Ganoe, CAE. “This annual review is an excellent opportunity to showcase the integrity of the CMCA credentialing program and to reaffirm our commitment to excellence in professional credentialing.”
“We are pleased with CAMICB's commitment to excellence by pursuing ISO/IEC 17024 accreditation at ANAB,” said ANAB Vice President, Credentialing Accreditation Programs, Dr. Vijay Krishna. “ANAB accreditation is a demanding and rigorous process, requiring ongoing commitment to the ISO/IEC 1704 standard. We are confident in CAMICB's pursuit of continuous improvement and quality certifications in the marketplace to uphold this."
The Community Association Managers International Certification Board (CAMICB) is a 25-year-old independent board that sets the standards for professionalism in the field of community association management worldwide. CAMICB (formerly NBC-CAM) administers the Certified Manager of Community Associations® (CMCA) examination, a rigorous 2 ½-hour test that measures managers' knowledge of community management best practices. Passing the CMCA examination and maintaining the standards of the CMCA certification is proof that a manager is knowledgeable, ethical and professional. CMCA-credentialed managers have the skills to safeguard the assets of homeowners' associations, giving homeowners peace of mind and protecting home values. For more information, go to www.camicb.org
The ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) is the largest multi-disciplinary ISO/IEC 17011 accreditation body in North America, with comprehensive signatory status across the multilateral recognition arrangements of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and International Accreditation Forum (IAF). The ANAB accreditation portfolio includes management systems certification bodies, calibration and testing labs, product certification bodies, personnel credentialing organizations, forensic test and calibration service providers, inspection bodies, police crime units, greenhouse gas validation and verification bodies, reference material producers, and proficiency test providers.
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