Summer 2022

 

Our new membership year is upon us. This is always an exciting time of year for our chapter as we have an opportunity to reconnect with you all and grow our membership.  

Your membership and participation in our organization is vital to CCI North Alberta’s success. Your membership support allows us to provide a better educational experience as well as provide courses and seminars in new ways and on new topics. We are bringing back a strong focus on in-person courses, continuing to offer webinars, and unveiling updates to many of our signature education courses.  It’s going to be an exciting year, and we rely on your support to make it happen.

Support through membership fees also allows us to advocate for the community more effectively by allowing us to engage the public through campaigns and events.  The more united we are, the more effective our efforts are in political advocacy. We saw the power of our membership through our recent advocacy on insurance, which ultimately brought some relief through the introduction of best terms pricing to the Alberta market.  With Bill 19 still up for debate in the Legislature, it’s as important as ever that we have the support to be a strong advocate for condominium issues.

If you know others who may be interested in joining, please let our office know and we are happy to reach out. The membership experience is our focus, and I invite you to share ideas and thoughts to allow us to better serve you.

We are already hard at work putting together an education calendar for 2022-23.  We will have a mix of in-person and online education sessions this year. Keep an eye out for CM 100-200-300, an updated Condo Board Basics, and a number of hot topic sessions.  For condominium corporations, if you are a member, your owners are members too, and can access the member discount rate.

By the time this issue hits your inbox we will have wrapped up the Alberta Condo Expo 2022. Stay tuned for a recap in our Fall issue. I am very excited that we have been able to bring back the Expo in a hybrid format.

Registration is open for our annual Golf Tournament happening on August 26.  Tickets are selling fast! I am looking forward to seeing all of you on the course.

There are a few significant updates on the rollout of condominium management licensing.  

RECA has a new Chair of the Board.  Patricia McLeod stepped down earlier this spring and the Deputy Minister of Service Alberta, David James, is the interim chair until a new permanent chair can be appointed. Thank you to Patricia for her service.

On June 10, 2022, the Residential Property Management Industry Council of RECA (which is responsible for condominium management) released some changes to how the condominium management licensing is rolling out. 

RECA’s Residential Property Manager Industry Council will now allow conditional condominium manager associate licensees the opportunity to extend the deadline to complete their licensing courses to March 31, 2023. For RECA to grant the course completion extension, associate licensees must be registered in their course(s) prior to the original course completion deadline of November 30, 2022.

Condominium manager associate licensees may also request an extension to the 90-day timeframe for taking an exam after completing a course. This extension applies to both the Fundamentals of Condominium Management and Practice of Condominium Management exams.

In addition, learners now have three opportunities to rewrite the Practice of Condominium Management exam, if necessary, free of charge. The cost of the initial exam will remain the same at $235, however learners will now receive three free rewrites before they must re-enrol to take the Practice of Condominium Management course again. 

Please check RECA’s website for additional information about these announcements. These changes are a direct result of feedback received by RECA from the condominium community.

Volunteer with us!  We have a number of openings on CCI North Alberta committees. Committees do vital work for our chapter on everything from planning our education calendar and major events, engaging with members and working hard behind the scenes on communications.  We would love to see some new faces who care about the condominium community and want to help us provide top quality education, events and services. Most of our committees are still meeting by video conference, so it is possible to contribute no matter where you are in Alberta. Please get in touch with us if you would like to learn more (info@ccinorthalberta.com, 780-453-9004).

Thank you all for your continued support.

Sincerely, 

Anand Sharma
President
CCI North Alberta