FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: John Ganoe, CAE
CAMICB COVID-19 Updates
Pearson VUE suspends test delivery at U.S.- and Canada-based test centers until April 16
Falls Church, Virginia – Updated March 17, 2020 – In response to the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), CAMICB's test administration partner, Pearson VUE, will temporarily close all company-owned U.S. and Canada-based Pearson Professional Centers starting March 16, 2020. The closures will last until April 16, or whenever conditions are deemed safe to re-open.
CMCA candidates whose testing appointments have been cancelled will receive an email notification from Pearson VUE. The notice will provide instructions for scheduling new appointments on or after April 16.
CAMICB and Pearson VUE recognize that the threat of the virus may not be contained by the date testing centers are scheduled to reopen. Pearson VUE will continue to monitor government guidance to ensure that they can safely serve all candidates as soon as local conditions allow.
Recognizing that test center closures may interrupt testing plans for CMCA candidates, CAMICB will extend the yearlong exam deadline for candidates that are most affected by this change. All CMCA candidates whose authorization to test expires prior to August 1, 2020 will be granted a deadline extension to August 1. Candidates with an extended authorization to test will receive a confirmation email from CAMICB with further details.
Pearson VUE will be posting all updates regarding test center closures and other containment measures on their COVID-19 Update webpage. Likewise, CAMICB will use our Coronavirus Update page to post all new information regarding changes to regular certification activities.
Please direct all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. CAMICB office operations have shifted to a fully remote system and staff may be unable to monitor and respond to incoming phone calls in a timely manner.
As always, CAMICB is committed to the safety and wellbeing of our CMCA candidates, certificants, and all staff involved in the certification process. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work together to help fight the spread of COVID-19.
April 1 Recertification and Annual Service Fee Deadlines Extended to August 1
Falls Church, Virginia – Updated March 17, 2020 – CAMICB is aware of the rapidly evolving impact of efforts to control the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We understand your focus at this difficult time is on your health and that of your family and your community. In response to the pandemic, CAMICB has extended the CMCA recertification and annual service fee deadlines for those credential holders scheduled to renew or recertify from April 1 to August 1. Please review the additional policies regarding this extension.
- Please Contact CAMICB by Email and Fax Only
CAMICB staff members are working remotely for at least the next several weeks. We are operational, but staff may be unable to monitor and respond to incoming phone calls in a timely manner. If you have general questions, contact us by email at email@example.com. Specific questions about recertification should be directed to Virginia Pierce, Credentialing Associate, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- CMCAs Ready to Recertify or Pay Annual Service Fee Should Do So Immediately and Electronically
If you are currently prepared to recertify and/or pay your annual service we encourage you to do so now. Your recertification and payment information will be processed as usual. There is no need to defer.
- Future Deadlines
The April 1, 2020, deadline to recertify or pay the annual service fee is extended to August 1, 2020. This action is a response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Your future annual service fee payment or recertification date will remain April 1.
- Earning Continuing Education Remotely
CAMICB maintains a helpful list of on-demand webinars that are free or low-cost. That listing is available here. CAI offers an extensive library dedicated to webinars available for continuing education credit here. Please note in the coming weeks CAI will be greatly expanding their online programming. Please check the CAI website – www.caionline.org – regularly for updates.
CAMICB also offers the option for managers to seek out self-study CE opportunities. Those options should be approved prior to registration or attending. Questions about online courses that have not yet been approved for CE credit can be e-mailed to email@example.com for approval consideration. The written request should include a description of the course (including outline, syllabus, or summary) and the estimated length of time.
Credits earned during this one-time extension may be used only once toward recertification. You may not count the same course work for this recertification cycle and the next. Online learning must be interactive. Interactive coursework is defined as requiring proof of participation. Please retain all course completion certificates and proof of attendance. Remember: all recertification activity is subject to audit.
CAMICB will update these policies as the COVID-19 emergency continues to evolve and will keep our credential holders fully informed. We are confident in the resilience of our community and know that we will weather this crisis together. For those of us who are distanced from colleagues and friends, please stay in touch with each other and offer each other support in this challenging time.
Community Associations Institute (CAI) has launched COVID-19 Resource Center, a dedicated webpage for information about how COVID-19 may impact community associations and how boards and managers may prevent, prepare and respond to an outbreak. Additional information regarding the impact the virus may have on the CMCA examination program will be included in the CAI COVID-19 Resource Center. We also encourage you to follow the latest guidance and updates issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Questions regarding the coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the CMCA credentialing program may be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line “Coronavirus."
The Community Association Managers International Certification Board (CAMICB) is an independent board that sets the standards for community association managers worldwide. CAMICB developed, maintains, and administers the Certified Manager of Community Associations® (CMCA) examination. Passing the CMCA exam and maintaining the standards of the CMCA certification is proof that a manager is knowledgeable, ethical, and professional.
The only accredited certification program in the world for managers of homeowner and condominium associations and housing cooperatives, the CMCA credential is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). NCCA's stringent accreditation standards for a professional certification program is a high mark of quality and validates the integrity of the CMCA program.
As CAMICB grew to be the premiere certification body in the United States for community association managers, it also gained international recognition for its established body of knowledge and strict ethical standards. In 2017, CAMICB launched the international CMCA examination. Today, there are more than 20,000 CMCAs worldwide. For more information, go to www.camicb.org.
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