This Is our Village

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Hi all
As regards the question in the Comment stream,  the following is extracted directly from FS-718, and speaks to the question.
b. Within 90 days after being elected or appointed to the board, each newly elected or appointed director shall certify in writing to the secretary of the association that he or she has read the association’s declaration of condominium, articles of incorporation, bylaws, and current written policies; that he or she will work to uphold such documents and policies to the best of his or her ability; and that he or she will faithfully discharge his or her fiduciary responsibility to the association’s members. 

In lieu of this written certification, within 90 days after being elected or appointed to the board, the newly elected or appointed director may submit a certificate of having satisfactorily completed the educational curriculum administered by a division-approved condominium education provider within 1 year before or 90 days after the date of election or appointment. The written certification or educational certificate is valid and does not have to be resubmitted as long as the director serves on the board without interruption. 

A director who fails to timely file the written certification or educational certificate is suspended from service on the board until he or she complies with this sub-subparagraph. The board may temporarily fill the vacancy during the period of suspension. The secretary shall cause the association to retain a director’s written certification or educational certificate for inspection by the members for 5 years after a director’s election. Failure to have such written certification or educational certificate on file does not affect the validity of any board action.
Bolding, color and underscore added by poster.
Dave Israel


  1. I was told that if you are an experienced board member or even the board president of your association than you are not required to take this class.

    It was said at one of our board meetings by our president that this class was completly voluntary and there is no legal rule to require your attendance in a board member certification class if you are already a member of your condo board.

    Can anyone please clarify this rule.


  2. Here is the wording on our “Condominium Association Certification Form
    I ---, certify that I have read and understand The governing documents to the best of my ability,(and/or) Have taken a division approved condominium educational course --”
    So it is either read yourself or take a class. I have also received in the mail an offer for a self-study course or a tutor in the home ($$$$) it has become an industry of certification.

  3. A board member certification form is at
    Also under the DBPR section in the side bar.


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