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Community Association Management Certification

In January of 2015, the State of Colorado implemented a new law requiring all persons managing common interest communities to hold the Community Association Manager certification as of July 1st, 2015. The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM®) Greater Denver Chapter has worked with the Division of Real Estate  over the last year to get specific elements of the Certified Property Manager (CPM®) curriculum approved to satisfy like education requirements for the Community Association Manager certification.

Individuals who achieve the CPM® designation by completing all required coursework will only be required to take Community Association Manager education courses that are not already part of the CPM® education requirements (Governance, Legal Documents of an Association, and Colorado Specific Laws).

IREM members that will be permitted to take the abbreviated Community Association Manager licensing certification
(Package 1 once you reach the
VanEd IREM® site):

  • CPM®s who have completed all required coursework (not "fast-track" designees)

IREM members that will be required to take all the required Community Association Manager licensing courses
(Package 2 once you reach the
VanEd IREM® site):

  • CPM®s that acquired their designation through the IREM® Fast Track
  • ARM®s
  • ACoMs
  • Associates

IREM® Greater Denver negotiated discounted pricing for members with Van Ed, an authorized provider of Division of Real Estate education.

Note:  Community Association Manager Certification is required by the Colorado Division of Real Estate. Courses are provided by VanEd and payment is made directly to VanEd.  Any questions regarding the course content, course site navigation, or payment should be directed to VanEd at 1-800-455-8348 or 303-245-0258, or the Colorado Division of Real Estate at 303-894-2166.  Only IREM® members are authorized to use this site and to benefit from the negotiated pricing.  Individuals that are not IREM members who use the portal identified for CPMs or other IREM® members will be invoiced for the difference.

Please contact Jodi Holstein at 303-940-9442 with any additional questions.

The IREM Greater Denver Chapter is doing its best to understand the law and field questions.  Below are some of the questions we have been asked and what we have found to be the answer.  However, it is recommended that anyone with questions contact the Colorado Division of Real Estate at (303) 894-2166.

Q.  If I manage less than 25 units/owners, am I disqualified from having to have a CAM license?
A.  No.  There was a proposed amendment to the original law that would have included a minimum requirement, but hat was not passed.  There is currently no minimum. If you manage one community, you must be licensed.

Q. I don't manage a condo, I manage a planned community. Do I still have to be licensed?
A. It doesn't matter what it's called (PUD, Condo, Commercial), if there are dues being paid, and you have been hired to manage, you must be licensed.

Q. How does a corporate entity become licensed.
A. A corporate entity may become a Community Area Management Business Entity by submitting a "Business Entity License" ($175) through the Division of Real Estate.  That application will be available after April 1st. Before submitting the application, the corporate entity must have a Designated Manager assigned, and that designated manager must have a valid CAM license. The application for a designated manager is $205, in addition to the cost for the course requirement. Any employee that manages a community association will need to be licensed, even if they work under or report to the designated manager.


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