By Rafael Aquino

Published May 29, 2019 


The board member certification course is a popular course given the state requirements imposed on board members. As a result, there are examples in the market place of management companies teaching these classes, without an attorney, to increase the number of board members they can market too. In doing so, they may be implicating themselves in severe compliance issues and possibly providing incorrect information to board members.  While I know, I may be creating enemies with such statement I can't help but speak the truth. I'm a firm believer that Education is not about profits but rather a form of giving back and enhancing the knowledge of those around you.


Since the inception of the Board Member Certification requirement by the state, I've been an advocate for board members and managers alike to attend these seminars to educate themselves, understand the laws and changes that occur each year. For the past ten years, I've been fortunate enough to be part of Eric's panel of experts, and I've seen first-hand the amount questions board members have to some of the legislative changes that occurred each year.  How can anyone, that's not an attorney, interpret these changes in statute for a board member?


I'd love to get the opinions of some board members.  Do you feel the Florida Legislature should tighten up the guidelines as to who can teach the course?  Or better yet, are you ok being taught the board member certification course by someone other than an attorney?

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