​​​​​​​​​CMCA Examination

The CMCA Examination is a 2.5-hour, 120-question multiple choice exam (100 scored and 20-pilot test items) 
that tests candidates in:

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

Examination Formats and Fees


We've made it easier for busy professionals like you to earn their certification! Simply sign up for the computer-based exam and you can choose to take the examination anytime throughout the year (excluding major holidays) at a location near you.

Exam Dates: Candidates will have one year from the date their application is approved to sit for the CMCA examination and may test at any time within that one year period.

Exam Locations: The computer-based CMCA examination is offered through Pearson VUE, a leading provider of computer-based licensure, certification and assessment examinations around the world.  Test center locations can be found at http://pearsonvue.com/cmca/

Instant Test Results: Immediately after you complete the examination, your test will be scored by Pearson VUE and you'll be given the results. Only pass/fail information is provided.  For more information on examination scoring, please see the CMCA Handbook.

Cost: $315 includes the application fee, examination, your first year of certification and access to the CMCA online community. CMCA candidates may retake the computer based examination as many times as necessary for $150 per retake. Fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable.


The pencil-and-paper format of the CMCA exam will only be offered on two more dates in 2019, and will no longer be offered after December 6. You can apply to take the examination at a variety of locations. Simply select your examination date and location from the list on the application.

Exam Dates and Deadlines: The paper-and-pencil format will be offered on these dates throughout the year:​

     September 6, 2019
August 1, 2019
     December 6, 2019
November 1, 2019

Exam Locations: Refer to page 8 of the CMCA application for specific locations.

Test Results: Examination results are released six to eight weeks from the exam date. Results include a candidate feedback report that shows the percentage of items answered correctly. Only pass/fail information is provided. For more information on examination scoring, please see the CMCA Handbook.

Cost: $365 includes the application fee, examination, your first year of certification and access to the various CMCA online communities and resources.  CMCA candidates may retake the examination as many times as necessary for $150 per retake. Because the pencil-and-paper exam will not be offered following the December 6, 2019, administration, only computer-based testing will be offered for retake exams. Fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

​​​​Special Testing Accommodations

CAMICB abides by all applicable federal and state statutes relating to the accommodation of disabled individuals. All requests for special accommodations must be submitted in writing along with the submission of the application. Reasonable accommodations, approved by the certification program and required by law, will be provided at no cost to candidates.

Candidates who have requested special testing accommodations from the Board should not schedule an appointment to take the examination until receiving written confirmation of the accommodations.

Reasonable accommodations are based on:

  • the individual's specific request
  • the individual's specific disability
  • documentation submitted
  • the appropriateness of the request

Reasonable accommodations do not include steps that fundamentally alter the purpose or nature of the examination.

To apply for accommodation(s), the candidate must:
  • Request the need for a special accommodation on the examination application and provide an explanation.
  • Submit documentation to the Board provided by an appropriate licensed professional, on the professional’s letterhead, which includes a diagnosis of the disability and specific recommendations for accommodations.
  • Submit documentation at least 30 days prior to the testing date.​
Requests for accommodations for the exam will be reviewed by the Executive Director or designated CAMICB staff who will communicate approved accommodations to the testing company or designated exam proctor. 

The Board may as appropriate, seek legal, medical, or psychological guidance prior to making a determination regarding accommodation.  If consultation is required in making a determination of accommodation that consultation may result in a delay in testing. 

Examination Development

The CMCA examination reflects best practices in community association management. It tests applicants on a body of knowledge developed out of periodic analyses of the actual practice of community association management. 

CAMICB establishes the community association manager body of knowledge through extensive job analysis studies. The job analysis study gathers information about contemporary practices of community association management and comprehensively describes the functional areas and responsibilities performed by and the knowledge required of community association managers. The study is conducted consistent with the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing. Those standards ensure that:

  • Multiple data sources are used.
  • A job analysis task force of subject-matter experts leads the study.
  • Critical incident interviews and focus panels are used as additional resources.
  • Extensive surveys are widely disseminated to community association manager professionals.

CAMICB uses process and content-based approaches to delineate the functional areas of responsibility and the specific tasks performed by community association managers as well as the associated knowledge base.

To validate the identified knowledge areas, survey participants, and complete quantitative ratings on elements of the delineation, including:

  • Percent of work time and importance ratings for the functional areas.
  • Frequency, importance and "performed by" ratings for the responsibilities.

Survey participants are given the opportunity to provide insight about practice changes that might occur in the next three to five years through open-ended questions. We also ask about areas of responsibility and knowledge that were omitted from the survey.

The task force reviews the survey results, including the descriptive statistics for the knowledge areas, responsibilities and knowledge statements. Finally, two sets of hypothetical test specifications are presented and, based on discussion and review, the task force makes recommendations for test specifications for the examination. The recommendations are then approved by our Board of Commissioners.

In between major practice analysis studies, test specifications may be updated as needed as a result of environmental scans. As any practitioner knows, the community association management field is constantly changing. We ensure that test specifications are continually updated to reflect the actual workday of a community association manager.

Examination Eligibility

An individual with a conviction for crimes of moral turpitude, including but not limited to crimes of a fiduciary nature such as embezzlement, forgery, fraud, or theft, may be denied eligibility to apply, reinstate, or recertify regardless of the time since conviction. 

Examination Preparation

CMCA examination preparation includes utilizing the CMCA Handbook, Study Guide, Best Practice Reports, Guides for Association Practitioners​​ and more.  See all the recommended preparation materials here.

To help you prepare for the CMCA examination, CAMICB has developed a study guide from a content outline that is the basis for the CMCA examination. This guide is intended to help you manage your preparation for the CMCA examination. It is important for you to become familiar with the content outline and the knowledge areas. The specific knowledge areas have been developed to assist you in studying and each area describes the responsibilities and associated tasks performed and the comprehension needed to successfully practice community association management.

You may also choose to purchase the CMCA Study Kit offered by Community Associations Institute (CAI), which includes six individual guides to these topics:

  • Drafting Rules: How Community Associations Maintain Peace & Harmony
  • Bids & Contracts: How to Find the Right Community Association Professional
  • Meetings & Elections: How Community Associations Exercise Democracy
  • Reserve Funds: How & Why Community Associations Invest Assets
  • Risk Management: How Community Associations Protect Themselves
  • Insurance: How Community Associations Protect Themselves
CAMICB has also launched a 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 at the same examination.  Please contact TesTrac at dbodell@testrac.com or 952.997.0641 with any questions regarding instructions, log in, or payment.
Note: Purchase of the preparation materials is not required in order to become eligible to sit for the examination, and does not guarantee a passing score on the exam.