BECOMING A PCAM By, Dee Waite, Community Association Manager C ommunity Associations Institute (CAI) is an international membership organization dedicated to building better communities. One of the ways CAI achieves this goal by advancing excellence through education leading to professional designations for managers and other industry professionals. For a manager, the Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) is one of the most elite designations one can obtain. Two CAI San Diego chapter members, who recently achieved this designation, Kim Hand (KH), and Michael Sabella (MS), shared some thoughts regarding their experience. Michael Sabella Michael Sabella: Began managing common interest developments in 2012 as a high-rise portfolio manager, with 20 years real estate experience prior to joining the industry. CAI: With a reputation akin to being the master’s degree of the industry, and with the case study having been compared to a thesis, why did you decide to pursue the PCAM designation? MS: I desired a more substantial certification in order to achieve respect in the industry, as well as to have a positive impact on my career. I found the reputed difficulty to be appealing. KH: I saw it as the next step in my career. Kim Hand Community Associations Institute: What was your industry experience prior to applying for the PCAM designation? Kim Hand: Portfolio manager in the common interest development management industry for 14 years; 2 prior designations; volunteer on the CAI San Diego Manager Support Committee. 18 | SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY INSIDER SUMMER 2018 CAI: In order to apply for the PCAM, a manager must have 5 years of direct community association management experience, complete all six M-200 level courses, and pass the CMCA examination administered by CAMICB. One must also earn 125 points with CAI prior to submitting the application. How long did this take? KH: The course work and accumulating of points took approximately 3 years to complete; the experience criteria had already been met. Service on CAI committee(s) helped in accumulating points.