In 2011 ACMO’s Board of Directors agreed that a program of continuing education should be implemented to allow RCM’s to maintain their designation. This decision simply solidified the need for a formal continuing education program. The ACMO Code of Professional Ethics, by which every RCM is bound, already requires continuing education to be done, and ACMO is aware that many of its RCMs already undertake this additional education.
An RCM in every condo.
One of the ways to ensure that RCMs are seen to be highly desirable by condominium corporations is to promote the designation as credible, and those who hold it as knowledgeable and adding value to any condominium corporation in which they work. Letting Boards of Directors know that ongoing learning for RCMs is a part of maintaining their designation only serves to reinforce the credibility and value-added of an RCM.
Every RCM is required to earn 20 CE points (10 hours of education) in the reporting period.
Each reporting period is the calendar year, synchronized with membership renewal. Download the CE Points Tracking Form here.
For new RCMs, their initial reporting period will be the balance of the year in which they received their RCM, plus the following calendar year. For example, if a person earned their RCM in April 2011, their initial reporting period, in which they must earn 20 points, will run until December 31, 2012. The 20 points will be calculated in the following way:
Each RCM is responsible for defining what type of continuing education they require to keep up-to-date and to improve their skills.
The following list should act as a guideline for the types of education that qualifies as acceptable Continuing Education (but is not an exhaustive list).
Each RCM is asked to submit their points online in their member profile Education section. Members are encouraged to update their points as they earn them; the CE points have to be entered into the database by December 31 of each year and before membership can be renewed. Once payment has been processed, membership is then approved by ACMO and an email goes out to member advising that their membership has been renewed and a (year) sticker will be mailed.
In certain cases an RCM can request an extension or waiver of the requirement. This would apply, for example, to those who are on maternity leave, or are experiencing health issues which preclude them from completing their CE obligations. The request is to be made to the Manager of Education who will provide recommendations to the Condominium Management Education Committee (CMEC).
For those who have no legitimate reasons or who indicate they will not comply with the CE requirement, this will be reported to CMEC. The Chair of CMEC will make a written complaint of this particular breach of professional ethics to the Ethics Committee, which will follow its usual procedures in the case of complaints.
Random audits of Continuing Education submissions take place each year; 5% of RCMs are audited. The audit entails confirming the information submitted by RCMs to ensure it is accurate and valid for Continuing Education credits.