FINALLY: EDUCATION IS REQUIRED FOR BOARD MEMBERS

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published April 15, 2024

 

I think everyone reading this knows how long and how hard I have fought for mandatory education for Board members.  I always thought it was disgraceful to allow someone to get certified by signing a dumb form that says I read my governing documents and promise to enforce them.  Finally, we have a change in the law.  Letís start with HOAs.

 

Now, within 90 days of getting elected or appointed to the Board you must sign the form which says you have read the governing documents and you must take an educational class approved by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.  I am so proud to say my class has certified over 25,000 people all across the state,

 

The certificate of completion is valid for up to 4 years.

 

A director must complete the education specific to newly elected or appointed directors at least every 4 years.

 

The department-approved educational curriculum specific to newly elected or appointed directors must include training relating to financial literacy and transparency, recordkeeping, levying of fines, and notice and meeting requirements.

 

In addition to the educational curriculum specific to newly elected or appointed directors: A director of an association that has fewer than 2,500 parcels must complete at least 4 hours of continuing education annually. A director of an association that has 2,500 parcels or more must complete at least 8 hours of continuing education annually.  A director who does not timely file the educational certificate is suspended from the board until he or she complies with the requirement. The board may temporarily fill the vacancy during the period of suspension.

 

The association shall retain each director's educational certificate for inspection by the members for 5 years after the director's election. However, the failure to have the written certification or educational certificate on file does not affect the validity of any board action.

 

The department shall adopt rules to implement and administer the educational curriculum and continuing education requirements under this subsection.

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Eric Glazer

Eric Glazer graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 1992 after receiving a B.A. from NYU. He has practiced community association law for three decades and is the owner of Glazer and Sachs, P.A. a five attorney law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.

Eric is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Condominium and Planned Development Law.

Since 2009, Eric has been the host of Condo Craze and HOAs, a weekly one-hour radio show airing at 11 a.m. each Sunday on 850 WFTL. Recently, he moved the show to YouTube, transforming it into a more dynamic and interactive experience. This move not only allows viewers to engage in live chats with Eric and other participants but also enables a broader audience to access free advice, making valuable insights more widely available.

See: www.condocrazeandhoas.com.

   

Eric is the first attorney in the State of Florida that designed a course that certifies condominium and HOA residents as eligible to serve on a Board of Directors and has now certified more than 20,000 Floridians all across the state. He is certified as a Circuit Court Mediator by The Florida Supreme Court and has mediated dozens of disputes between associations and unit owners. Eric also devotes significant time to advancing legislation in the best interest of Florida community association members.



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