Community Association Financial Management (CAFM)

Professional Certification for Accounting Professionals In The Community Management Industry


As an accounting professional serving the community management industry, you now have a better way to show clients you understand the unique requirements of community associations. Developed specifically for accounting professionals who service community associations, the Community Association Financial Management (CAFM) certification more clearly communicates your role and expertise than previously was possible through certification as a Certified Community Association Manager (CCAM).

Earning the CAFM

Community managers can earn the CCAM in 4 steps:

STEP 1: Become a member. 

STEP 2: Complete and pass the six required courses (The Basics of Association Management (BAM) series, California Law Series Module II only, Foundational Ethics for Community Managers, Budgeting Assessment Collections, Strategic Financial Planning).

STEP 3: Email a completed CAFM Certification Application to

STEP 4: Request each of your three references to email their recommendation form directly to

Though you may begin the certification process without having HOA industry experience by completing the six required CAFM certification courses; three years accounting or finance work experience, or be employed within community association management in accounting/finance functions full-time for a minimum of 12 months experience is required in order to submit the CAFM certification application.

Have questions? Need assistance? CACM invests in our members’ educational goals by providing a personalized plan. Reach out to CACM’s Education and Credentialing Advisor to discover your professional pathway to success.

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The CACM Board of Directors and Nominating Committee are pleased to announce the “Call for Applications” for the 2020 Election of Directors. CACM is looking for qualified community managers from throughout the state to consider joining the election.

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