As Lindsay Smith recently reported in a blog post, House Bill 19-1212 (“HB 1212”) was introduced in the Colorado General Assembly on Monday to extend the Community Association Manager (“CAM”) licensure program in Colorado, which is currently scheduled to end on the last day of June.
As you may recall, a bill introduced to extend the CAM licensure program during the last legislative session, was killed in the Senate which was controlled at the time by Republicans who were looking to reduce government regulation. As a result of the recent elections, the Senate, House and Governor’s office are now controlled by the Democrats. That means there is a strong likelihood that HB 1212 will pass both chambers of the Colorado General Assembly and be signed into law by Governor Polis.
This is great news for those CAMs and their management companies who have invested a great deal of time and money to obtain and maintain their license. Licensure also elevates the specialized profession of community association management and provides a consumer protection for folks who live in community associations in Colorado.
HB 1212 was introduced in the House by Representatives Brianna Titone (D-Jefferson County) and Monica Duran (D-Jefferson County). The bill has been assigned to the House Transportation & Local Government Committee and is scheduled for a hearing on March 12th. The bill does the following:
1, Recreates and reenacts the CAM licensure program with a sunset date of September 1, 2024;
2. Provides that rountine ministerial functions relating to community associations may be handled by unlicensed individuals and gives the Division of Real Estate the authority to determine what functions may be carried out by unlicensed individuals and what functions must be handled by licensed CAMs;
3. Addresses the supervision requirements relating to apprentice community association managers who are not yet licensed; and
4. Removes the automatic acceptance of the non-state specific examination component of licensure for managers who hold the CMCA credential awarded by the Community Association Managers International Certification Board and the AMS and PCAM designations awarded by CAI National. However, this will not affect those CAMs who are already licensed in part under the CMCA certification and the AMS and PCAM designations.
Since the likelihood that HB 1212 will ultimately be signed into law is high and the licensure program will continue, licensed CAMs should seriously consider not delaying too long in obtaining your normal 8 hours of continuing education credits needed for renewal of your license on July 1st. In the unlikely event that the bill is killed during the legislative process, you will always benefit from continuing education courses.
Stay tuned to this blog for more information on HB 1212 as it proceeds through the legislative process.