Community Association Financial Management (CAFM)

Professional Certification for Accounting Professionals In The Community Management Industry


As an accounting/finance 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 CAFM 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.

Maintaining the CAFM

Need to recertify your CAFM?

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.