ACMO established the Registered Condominium Manager (RCM) designation more than 35 years ago as a way for condominium managers to set themselves apart in an unregulated industry. The designation is supported by a rigorous educational program and specific experience and continuing education requirements that exceed minimum regulatory requirements. Since its inception, the RCM has become widely recognized as the gold standard in condominium management and the marker of a dedicated professional and expert in the field.
In 2017, the Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario (CMRAO) came into being and required those managing condominiums to obtain a General Licence. While the education and experience requirements for the General Licence are similar to the requirements of the RCM designation, they are NOT the same, nor as vigorous.
In addition to holding a General Licence, to achieve an RCM a condominium manager must have 3,500-4,00 hours (approximately 2-years full-time) of specific experience with primary responsibility for a condo corporation compared to the General Licence requirement of only 2,920 hours without primary responsibility. As well, managers must achieve at least 75% on the comprehensive RCM exam and complete 10 hours of continuing education seminars annually to stay current, build their expertise and maintain their professional designation.
RCMs are a proud group that love their profession and have a desire to be the best they can be. The majority of our RCM’s achieved the designation long before mandatory licensing came into being, and it is this attitude and commitment to higher standards that separates them from the rest.
RCMs enjoy a distinct competitive advantage in the marketplace and are preferred and sought after by both management firms and condominium corporations. Unlike those with a general licence, RCMs become part of ACMO’s professional community and actively build on their knowledge and expertise through our continuing education seminars, robust resources and networking opportunities that allow RCM’s to expand their professional network and brand.
In addition, ACMO stands behind our RCMs by promoting and raising awareness of the importance of the designation while actively lobbying the government to advocate for our industry and influence legislation impacting our profession.
Take your condominium management career to the next level and join our elite community of RCMs!
“It’s a career with limitless possibilities and having the RCM designation provides me with the professional authority needed for Ontario’s higher standards.”
Craig McMillan, RCM
“Having the initials ‘RCM’ after my name lets the industry know I am reliable, accountable, honest, and ethical - the label implies a lot.”
Anne Burgoon, RCM
“Attaining and keeping the RCM designation means additional work and education requirements, but it also demonstrates that I am voluntarily achieving a higher standard for my owners and other stakeholders in the constantly evolving condominium industry.”
Mark E.Daye, RCM
“Being an RCM helped me advance from a property manager, to a senior manager, then a district manager, and gave me the confidence to own a business. An RCM designation gives you recognition, qualifications, and boosts your confidence.”
Laura Lee, RCM