Mid-way through 2016, hundreds of directors of condos, HOAs and coops in Montgomery County, Maryland have successfully completed the online training program now required by County law for directors elected, re-elected or appointed since January 1. The training program, Community Governance Fundamentals, is provided by the Montgomery County Commission on Common Ownership Communities (CCOC).
The required education program is intended to promote more knowledgeable and responsible management of common ownership communities. Topics include the roles and responsibilities of board members and homeowners, community governing documents, financial management, meeting procedures, and covenant and rule enforcement procedures.
The online training takes about 2 hours to complete, may be taken in phases over time, is interactive and includes short quizzes which must be passed to move on to the next section. The program is also offered in a live format by community association attorneys and managers in conjunction with the Community Associations Institute.
A director who does not complete the training is not prohibited from continuing to serve on the board. However, a CCOC dispute resolution panel may consider failure to complete the training in deciding a dispute between the association and a homeowner.
There are more than 1,000 common ownership communities in Montgomery County, which include over 130,000 dwelling units and 5,000 board members.
Posted by: Thomas Schild Law Group, LLC, attorneys for Maryland condominiums, homeowner associations, and housing cooperatives in Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, Howard County and Frederick County.