Education for Homeowner Leaders


Designed for HOA leaders - board members, committee chairs, and others in community management, the four classes in this dynamic program will guide you through the key issues of association management today.

CAI offers the only comprehensive training courses available to elected community association leaders. Our faculty has decades of experience in all aspects of the industry. The knowledge you will gain from these in-depth courses will assist you in excelling in your leadership role within your community.

Community Association Law

Attorney faculty members will be focusing on elements of proper CC&R and rules enforcement, important cases and changes in the current laws.

Community Association Finances and Association Reserve Studies

Topics include practical financial statement interpretation, association budgeting, year-end audits, investment options, income taxes and collection procedures and a discussion of component inventory, condition assessment and operating funds versus reserve funds. Learn about developing a funding plan that works for your community.

Community Association Insurance

A straightforward approach to the things a property manager, board member or homeowner need to know about HOA insurance. This course uses real world examples to help keep clear what can be a confusing aspect of operating your association while diving into board member responsibilities, liabilities and protection.

Maintenance, Construction Contracts & Bidding

Maintenance responsibilities focusing on contracts, bidding requirements - a timely and critical topic for boards and community managers.

Check the Chapter events calendar for session dates

CAI Board Leader Certificate

Education for homeowner leaders just got better.

If you live in a condominium, homeowners association, or housing cooperative, you know how important it is to have an effective governing board of directors. The CAI Board Leader Certificate is designed to provide a foundation for effective community association board leadership. Whether you are an experienced board member or just thinking about getting involved, this certificate will help you become a more informed and effective leader.

To Earn the CAI Board Leader Certificate:

  • Complete the CAI Board Leader Certificate Course (also known as the Board Leader Development Workshop). This course is offered in two formats: classroom instruction through CAI chapters, or an online, self-study course.
  • Acknowledge that you have read and understand three key documents:
    • Model Code of Ethics for Community Association Board Members
    • Community Association Governance Guidelines
    • Rights and Responsibilities for Better Communities​​​


Community leaders who complete the CAI Board Leader Certificate will receive a certificate of completion and recognition on the CAI website.

Check the Chapter events calendar for local Board Leader Certificate Couse
Register for CAI National's online, self-study course

Other Education Opportunities

CAI also offers many other learning opportunities for homeowner leaders including webinars and national conferences and events.