Certification in Florida is considered important for all board members associated with community association management. It is one of the things residents can use as confirmation to an assurance that their HOAs are in good hands and with the help of an appointed attorney, rarely will they find themselves on the wrong side of the law when it comes to legal real estate and housing matters.
Currently, the HOA law requires that a director, once elected has 90 days in which they should go through the governing document of the HOA and certify in written form to the secretary of the association that this has been done and that they accept these laws to uphold their service to the best of their ability. Aside from this, the HOA board requires that the appointed director submit proof of attendance of a HOA certified course by an approved provider.
The community association courses should fulfill HOA board member state certification requirements for it to be approved. Mostly, the courses cover rules and regulations governing associations in Florida, the board member’s responsibility and the like. If a director is not certified within the 90 day period given after the date of election, the board has a right to suspend the director until they are able to provide a certificate of proof for a HOA certification course.
The law also requires that if a board member leaves their position and chooses to return after sometime, they will need to go through the HOA certification course again. This law is confirmed in the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR) where it states that, “Directors elected or appointed after July 1, 2013, to the board of a homeowners’ association, which meets the definition of section 720.301(9), Florida statutes should either submit a certification from a division of Florida condominiums or a written certification to the secretary of the association stating they have gone through the regulations of the HOA and will offer their fiduciary responsibility to the association’s members. The consequence of not taking this course results to immediate removal from the board.
If as a resident you would like to find out that your board members are certified and registered, you can check through the Florida Department of Business and Regulation.