CMCA Examination Preparation

The CMCA examination tests against the body of knowledge to be expected in a professional community association manager.  The contents of the examination are based on a study of related job requirements. In 2012, CAMICB completed an update to the CMCA occupational analysis. The occupational analysis study identified over 100 relevant tasks organized into categories:

  • Governance and Legal Issues
  • Budgets
  • Reserves
  • Investments and Assessments,
  • Financial Controls
  • Risk Management and Insurance
  • Property Maintenance
  • Contracting
  • Human Resources Management
  • Meetings

The following resources have been developed to help CMCA examination candidates prepare for the CMCA examination:

CMCA Handbook

The CMCA Handbook provides information on the CMCA examination application process as well as a detailed outline of the examination content.  The Handbook also provides study materials and strategies for taking the examination.  Applicants are required to read the Handbook in its entirety prior to applying to sit for the CMCA examination.  The Candidate Handbook is available as a free electronic download.

 

CMCA Study Guide

The CMCA Study Guide will help candidates develop strategies for exam preparation.  The Study Guide identifies all the knowledge areas tested on the exam and details the knowledge, skills and abilities tested in each knowledge area.  The Study Guide is a critical tool in exam preparation and is available as a free electronic download.

 

Community Association Management Best Practices Reports

Industry experts and a range of professional publications were consulted in the development of function-specific benchmarking and best practices for community association management.  CMCA examination candidates are strongly encouraged to review these reports in particular:

  • Community Security
  • Financial Operations
  • Ethics
  • Governance
  • Reserve Studies/Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Transition
  • Community Harmony and Spirit

The Foundation for Community Association Research has made the Best Practices Reports available for free download on their website.

 

Community Association Institute's M100: Essentials of Community Association Management course material

CMCA candidates that took the M100 prerequisite course should review the M-100 manual as a part of their exam preparation. Review each chapter carefully, paying close attention to subjects heavily tested on the M-100 exam.  It is important to remember that the M-100 is not intended to serve as a review course for the CMCA examination.  If you complete the M-100, the course should be viewed as one part of your intensive preparation to sit for the CMCA examination.  Successful CMCA candidates make full use of all recommended resources as they prepare for the examination.

Individuals who have succesfully passed the M100: Essentials of Community Association Management have the option to audit the course through CAI.  Contact CAI Direct at 888.224.4321 for more information.

 

Community Association Institute's Guides for Association Practioners (GAPs)

In addition, it is strongly recommended that you review the following titles in CAI's GAP series:

  • Drafting Rules
  • Bids & Contracts
  • Meetings & Elections
  • Reserve Funds
  • Financial Controls
  • Risk Management and Insurance

For information on purchasing CAI's GAP series, please contact CAI Direct at 888.224.4321 or visit their online bookstore.

 

CMCA Practice Exam
The CMCA Practice Exam provides candidates an opportunity to familiarize themselves with exam content and question types. The practice exam contains 65 questions that have rotated off the CMCA examination. Candidates can view results immediately after selecting a response.

The CMCA Practice Exam is offered in partnership with TesTrac, a professional testing company. The practice exam is delivered by TesTrac and can be accessed here: https://app.testrac.com/cmca/delivery.

The cost to access the practice exam through TesTrac is $25 for one attempt or $40 for two attempts. Please contact TesTrac at dbodell@testrac.com or 952.997.0641 with any questions regarding instructions, log in, or payment.


The CMCA practice exam offered through TesTrac is the only practice exam developed by CAMICB Subject Matter Experts under the direction of the CMCA Examination Development Committee. The practice exam Includes questions drawn from prior, inactive CMCA exam forms and has been developed to offer candidates an introduction to the format of the CMCA exam. CAMICB neither requires nor endorses any third party practice examination.

 

 Exam Preparation

A Note to Our Candidates

Please keep in mind that you are preparing to sit for your professional credentialing examination: you are working to earn the credential that will serve as the cornerstone of your career as a professional community association manager.  Successful CMCA candidates spend three to six months preparing for the examination, making full use of all recommended resources.  Candidates are strongly encouraged to devote the time to exam preparation that a professional credentialing examination requires.

Best of luck as you prepare to earn the CMCA credential: The Essential Credential!