​​CMCA Examination

The CMCA Examination is a three-hour, 120-question multiple choice exam that tests candidates in:

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

Examination Formats and Fees

COMPUTER-BASED FORMAT

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: $300 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 $250 per retake. Fees are nonrefundable.

 

PENCIL-AND-PAPER FORMAT

The paper-and-pencil format is available three set dates per year 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 is offered several dates per year and on the Wednesday of CAI's Annual Conference.

EXAM DATEAPPLICATION DEADLINE
2017 
     March 3February 1
     May 3 (at CAI conference only: Las Vegas, NV)April 1
     June 2May 1
     September 8August 1
     December 1November 1

 

Exam Locations: The paper-and-pencil format examination is offered in over 45 major U.S. cities and in select cities around the world. Refer to page 8 on the application for specific locations.

Test Results: You will receive your examination results within six to eight weeks of taking the examination. 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: $350 includes the application fee, examination, your first year of certification and access to the CMCA online community.  CMCA candidates may retake the paper-and-pencil examination as many times as necessary for $300 per retake.  Fees are nonrefundable.

 

Examination Study Tools

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

 

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 felony 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 Practioners and more.  See all the recommended preparation materials here.

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.  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.