How Montgomery County’s New Law Affects Your Board of Directors


A new law in Section 10B of the Montgomery County Code is in effect as of January 1, 2016. The new law “requires that all members of community association board of directors who are elected or re-elected after January 1, 2016, must take a Commission on Common Ownership Communities (CCOC)-approved training class within three months of their election or re-election.”

The CCOC-approved training class is called Community Governance Fundamentals. It is intended “to help…all directors take training in the basics of community association management.”

The CCOC operates in conjunction with the County’s Department of Technology Services (DTS) to create the online program. To benefit those who cannot or do not want to take the online version of the class, the new law also allows the CCOC to approve “live instruction” by other organizations, including the Community Association Institute (CAI). The live classes must be taught by an attorney who practices community association law or by a Professional Community Association manager. Instructors for the live classes may charge a fee.

Disclaimer: Anyone who was already on their respective boards by the end of 2015 (unless re-elected after January 1, 2016) does not have to take the CCOC-approved online training class.

For more information about the status of this new program, click here to subscribe to the CCOC e-mail list.

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