Classes

As leaders in Community Association Law, we not only helped write the law – we also teach it.

Did you know Becker provides over 200 educational classes per year throughout the State of Florida on a variety of topics ranging from board member certification to compliance, and everything in between? Our most popular classes are now available online!

UPCOMING CLASS OFFERING:

  • HOA/Condo Board Member Certification
    12/7/22 – 10AM – REGISTER NOW
  • Top 10 Manager Do’s and Don’ts
    12/7/22 – 12PM – REGISTER NOW
  • Architectural Control & Enforcement for HOAs
    12/13/22 – 10AM – Registration coming soon
  • Ins and Outs of Florida’s New Condominium and Cooperative Safety Law
    12/14/22 – 11AM – Registration coming soon

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Speaker:

1 LU Credit
Provider #0000811
Course #9631772

Original Air Date:
11/30/2022

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Speaker:

1 IFM Credit or 1 ELE Credit
Provider #0000811
Course #9630156

Original Air Date:
11/22/2022

When creating a financial plan for your association there are many things to consider. Join Becker Shareholder Howard Perl as he discusses the steps it takes to create and maintain a successful budget and reserve plan.

Topics we will cover include:

  • Budget Planning
  • Components of a Budget
  • Calculation of Assessments
  • Adopting The Budget
  • Reserve Requirements & Use of Funds
  • Straight Line Reserve Calculations

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1LU Credit
Provider #0000811
Course #9631712

Original Air Date:
November 2, 2022

SB 4D includes significant obligations relating to building inspections and reserve funding and boards are required to comply with the 2022 law by the statutory deadlines. Because SB 4D is somewhat complicated, it needs to be studied so that it can be digested and fully understood.

Topics Covered:

  • We had an engineering report performed in the last two years. Will this count as our milestone inspection?
  • Can members still waive reserves for painting and paving?
  • Can we no longer have pooled reserves?
  • What if the reserve company we have doesn’t have an engineer or architect on staff?
  • We have a monetary cap in our governing documents on how much we can increase our budget. What now?
  • What if all these costs increase our assessments by more than 15% of the prior year’s assessments?
  • What if our members simply cannot pay to fund these new reserves or the repairs outlined in the Milestone Inspection?
  • What are the potential penalties under this 2022 law for being in breach of one’s fiduciary duties?

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1 IFM Credit or 1 ELE Credit
Provider #0000811
Course #9630466

Original Air Date:
7/19/2022

Nothing is as daunting as embarking on a construction project. The issues and pitfalls surrounding a major project can overwhelm both managers and board members. This program will cover what you need to know to successfully navigate the process and avoid costly mistakes.

In this course, managers will learn:

  • Obtaining the required approvals for different types of projects
  • Developing proper specifications and obtaining competitive bids
  • The importance of your engineer or consultant
  • Contractual issues to protect the association
  • Fiscal planning for the project
  • Insurance and warranties

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1 OPP or 1 ELE
Provider #0000811
Course #9630206

Original Air Date:
7/12/2022

Board Members and CAMs will learn what turnover from developer means. During this webinar, we will explore the turnover process, including the how to prepare for the turnover meeting. Additionally, we will also discuss Construction Defect Claims and when is the appropriate time to file a lawsuit.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • What is a Turnover?
  • What is the Turnover process?
  • Construction Defect Claims

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Speaker:

2 IFM or 2 HR Credits
Provider #0000811
Course #9630115

Original Air Date:
11/9/2022

If you are planning to serve on your condo association board, you probably know that you will need to comply with Florida’s certification requirements within 90 days of being elected.

Our Condominium Association Board Member course is tailored specifically to certify condo board members. Your participation will satisfy the statutory requirement so that you are eligible to serve on your condominium association board. More importantly, it will provide the tools and information you need to perform your job well and to avoid any potential liability associated with your new role.

Topics Covered:

  • Defining your fiduciary duty
  • Analyzing association operations
  • How to properly maintain the association’s books and records
  • The pros and cons of alternative dispute resolution
  • Avoiding common election pitfalls
  • Preparing budgets & funding reserves
  • Understanding financial reporting requirements
  • Assessing insurance needs for common areas

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2 ELE Credits
Provider #0000811
Course #9630016

Original Air Date:
11/16/2022

If you are planning to serve on your homeowner association board, you probably know that you will need to comply with Florida’s certification requirements within 90 days of being elected.

Our HOA/Condo Board Certification class is designed to satisfy the statutory requirement so that you are eligible to serve. More importantly, it will provide the tools and information you need to perform your job well and to avoid any potential liability associated with your new role.

Topics Covered:

  • Defining your fiduciary duty
  • Analyzing association operations
  • How to properly maintain the association’s books and records
  • The pros and cons of alternative dispute resolution
  • Avoiding common election pitfalls
  • Preparing budgets and funding reserves
  • Understanding financial reporting requirements
  • Assessing insurance needs for common areas
  • Defusing conflict within the community

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1 ELE Credit
Provider #0000811
Course #9630287

Original Air Date:
2/17/2022

Participants will learn about the Fair Housing laws on the state, federal and local level that impact community operations and actions with respect to requests to maintain emotional support animals on the property despite pet or animal restrictions.

Some topics to be discussed:

  • Fair Housing Act and Disability Accommodations
  • Evolving Law of “Prescription Pets”
  • Establishing a Handicap
  • Competing Definition of Service Animal Under ADAAA and FHAA
  • What to do When the Disability is Not Obvious
  • What a Disabled Person Needs to Provide in Order to Own a Service Animal
  • Innate Qualities of Service Animal
  • Failing to Make Reasonable Accommodations and Modifications
  • What to do when “Skeptical” Information is Provided
  • Damages and Penalties for Discrimination

This course is approved by Community Association Managers International Certification Board (CAMICB.org) to fulfill continuing education requirements for the CMCA® certification

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1 OPP or 1 ELE Credit
Provider #0000811
Course #9630137

Original Air Date:
12/15/2021

Water leaks are a major concern to association boards and unit owners alike. Come join our attorneys as they guide your association through the process of handling a water leak from detection through repair, insurance coverage and reconstruction responsibility, and potential liability claims.

Some topics to be discussed:

  • Practical Issues
  • What Was Damaged
  • Who Pays? – Maintenance Damage v. Casualty Damage

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1 OPP or 1 ELE
Provider #0000811
Course #9630202

Original Air Date:
12/8/2021

Participants will learn the important differences between association documents, how to read them and how Florida Statutes affect them.

Some topics to be discussed:

  • Governing Documents (Declaration, Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws)
  • Amendments
  • Restrictions & Responsibilities of Owners
  • Maintenance of Common Elements
  • Marketable Record Title Act (MRTA)

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1 IFM or 1 ELE Credit
Provider: #0000811
Course: #9630161

Original Air Date:
10/15/2021

If you agreed to serve on your board, you will want to be sure you have the tools and information necessary to understand your responsibilities, discharge your duties in accordance with the applicable law and your governing documents, and avoid any potential liability associated with your new role.

Topics of discussion include:

  • The fiduciary duty of a board member to the association
  • How to protect the association and themselves from liability while conducting association business
  • The most frequent mistakes made by board members

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1 IFM Credit or 1 ELE Credit
Provider #0000811
Course #9630286

Original Air Date:
9/17/2021

Are collection issues still plaguing your association? Are bank foreclosures dragging on for years with no end in sight? Are you confused about the changes in laws affecting association collection rights and remedies?

Please join us as we explore the fundamentals of collections and discuss effective legal strategies as well as practical techniques to solve your collection issues.

Topics Covered:

  • Bankruptcy Basics for the Community Association Practitioner
  • Liability of Owner and Subsequent Purchaser
  • Mortgage Foreclosures
  • Extra-Judicial Remedies

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1 OPP or 1 ELE
Provider #0000811
Course #9630113

Original Air Date:
8/5/2021

Is your community prepared in the event that a hurricane strikes through your city? In this special course we will go over practical tips for developing and implementing a disaster recovery plan for your community.

Managers and board members will learn:

  • Steps to take to protect life and property
  • Recover and post event steps
  • The ins and outs of contracting before and after the hurricane
  • How to document a claim

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2 ELE or 2 OPP
Provider #0000811
Course #9630465

Original Air Date:
7/22/2021

Construction issues are a natural occurrence for every community association at some point. During this webinar, we’ll discuss everything managers and board members need to know about construction contracts, project management, bank loans, and the myriad of resources that are available to you.

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1 OPP Credit or 1 ELE Credit
Provider #0000811
Course #9630204

Original Air Date:
1/11/2021

Construction issues are a natural occurrence in the lifecycle of any community association. From issues found in new associations transitioning from developer control to those arising in mature communities, we’ll discuss everything managers and board members need to know to effectively navigate the construction dispute process, including what sources of recovery are available to you.

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1 HR Credit or 1 ELE Credit
Provider #0000811
Course #9630464

Original Air Date:
11/5/2020

Working with community associations involves interaction with members, association directors, attorneys, accountants, and other service and product providers. For managers. this requires the development of people skills to help them deal with personalities, stresses and demands which arise during the course of everyday operations.

In this course, managers will learn:

  • How to tailor problem-solving skills to different personalities and approaches to life
  • Constructive approaches to handling telephone conversations, emails and in-person confrontations
  • The dynamics of interactions having the potential to become adversarial and learn skills necessary to affect behavior and resolve issues in a way that creates satisfaction in the consumer
  • Specific tips for working with all kinds of challenging people and ways to bring out the best in themselves and others

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1 HR or 1 ELE Credit
Provider #0000811
Course #9630208

Original Air Date:
8/27/2020

Participants in this course will learn how a Community Association election is carried out with an overview of the election and voting procedures.

Topics Covered:

  • Elections, Voting and Online Voting Procedures
  • Notice Issues (Timing, Form, Substance)
  • Nomination/Intent to be a Candidate
  • How to Handle Errors on Notices on Roster, Ballots, Envelopes, etc.
  • Best Practices to Avoid Headaches at the Meeting