By Rafael Aquino

Published March 8, 2023  


Community association board members play a vital role in ensuring the smooth and efficient operation of their respective communities. In Florida, board members are required to obtain certification to carry out their duties effectively. The certification can happen one of two ways: signing a simple affidavit stating they read the documents or taking a course. 


It is highly recommended that community association board members in Florida take a course that an attorney conducts. This is because attorneys possess a deep understanding of the law and are in the best position to teach board members how to interpret and apply it. Furthermore, new legislation is frequently introduced, and it is crucial that board members stay up-to-date with these changes. 


One of the key areas covered in the course is the interpretation of the law. This is especially important because laws can be complex and difficult to understand. By taking a course that an attorney conducts, board members can learn how to interpret the law effectively. The attorney will break down complex legal concepts into simple terms that are easy to digest. Additionally, the attorney will teach board members how to apply the law in various situations, which is essential in ensuring compliance.


To put it into perspective, taking a course conducted by an attorney is like taking driving lessons from a qualified driving instructor. Just as a driving instructor possesses the knowledge and skills needed to teach someone how to drive safely and confidently, an attorney possesses the knowledge and skills required to teach board members how to interpret and apply the law. Just as a driving instructor will teach their students how to navigate different road conditions, an attorney will teach board members how to apply the law in different situations.


In conclusion, community association board members in Florida should take a course to get certified and not just sign an affidavit. By taking a course conducted by an attorney, board members can stay up to date with new legislation and, most importantly, have the tools to be a great leader within the community. 


Pro tip: If you haven't taken Eric's course, I highly recommend registering for the next one. He does it online, keeps it simple, and makes it very interesting and fun. 

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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.

For more information about Rafael P. Aquino and Affinity Management Services please visit or call 1-800-977-6279

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