By Rafael Aquino

Published January 10, 2024  


In the complex world of community association management, the only constant is change, particularly in the realm of legislation. This evolving landscape underscores the critical importance of annual certification for community association board members. Staying abreast of legal updates, understanding the multifaceted aspects of community management, recognizing the role and limitations of community association managers, and being aware of potential liabilities and risks are non-negotiable skills for effective board members.


Each year brings its share of legislative updates, each significantly impacting how community associations are governed. Board members must be well-versed in these changes to ensure compliance and avoid legal pitfalls. This knowledge is not just beneficial; it's essential for the community's smooth operation and legal integrity.


Managing a community association is similar to running a small business. It involves financial oversight, property maintenance, conflict resolution, and adherence to governing documents. This complexity necessitates a comprehensive understanding of the various components of community management, which can only be achieved through continual learning and certification.


While community association managers play a vital role, it's crucial to understand the boundaries of their responsibilities. Board members should know what managers can and cannot do, ensuring that the board's directives align with legal and ethical standards.


Ignorance of the law is not a defense. Board members who are uninformed about the latest laws and regulations expose themselves and their communities to significant risks and liabilities. Regular certification is proactive in mitigating these risks, ensuring that board members make informed decisions.


There's a common concern that mandatory certification might deter potential board members. Some argue that if individuals don't have the time for a certification course, they don't have the time to dedicate to board responsibilities. I align with this perspective. Board membership is a commitment to the community's well-being and requires dedication. Moreover, many of these courses are accessible remotely and offered for free, making them convenient for even the busiest individuals.


I want to express my sincere appreciation to Jan and Eric, who have tirelessly brought this matter to our legislators' attention year after year. Despite facing setbacks, their dedication to the cause of mandatory annual certification for board members has been unwavering. We hope this will be the year when their efforts bear fruit, leading to a more informed, responsible, and effective community association governance.


In conclusion, the annual certification of community association board members is not just a recommendation; it's a necessity. It's about being responsible stewards of our communities, equipped with knowledge and understanding to navigate the complexities of community association management. As we look forward to potential legislative changes, let's embrace the opportunity for growth and learning, recognizing that an informed board is the cornerstone of a thriving community.

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As the Co-Founder and CEO of Affinity Management Services, Rafael P. Aquino leads his team to redefine excellence. They serve community   associations   efficiently

and effectively with dedication and passion. Rafael’s energy and positive spirit is the foundation of Affinity Management Services’ company culture, which instills enthusiasm and excitement when providing expert advice to its board members and relieving the day-to-day burdens of running a community association.


Since 2007, Rafael has developed a work culture that values responsive and high-quality services. He has led his team by following a proactive vs reactive philosophy. The same approach Rafael instills in the day to day operations of each association. Today, Affinity Management Services maintains its success and benefits as a result of the foundation Rafael has built and continues to foster by providing educational seminars, continuing education classes for association managers and board members alike.

Rafael and his team help condominium and homeowners’ associations save money and improve their communities. His calm, personable, and service-oriented nature helps him to establish strong relationships with ease. Rafael is known as a sincere and honest leader who looks out for the best interests of his clients and communities, and he strongly advocates for their needs. His role requires coordination and communication, as such he takes logical and intelligent steps to approach challenges head-on.

As a graduate of Florida International University’s electrical engineering program and a licensed community association manager, Rafael’s education and skills equip him with unique insights to tackle complex problems through critical thinking. He understands how each component within a system works together in order to effectively arrive at solutions, techniques, and conclusions. Therefore, as he manages the multiple challenges of running a community association management company, he understands how each property is its own unique system and tailors’ specific services to assure that all their needs are met.

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