Ongoing education for HOA board members is an important aspect of property management that is often overlooked. Although board members aren’t expected to understand every detail of the inner workings of the HOA, especially if they’re working with an HOA management company, it is helpful to stay educated so you can make the best decisions possible for the community.
Cedar recommends all board members go through continuing education, and there are several routes to take to receive it. Here are a few ways your board can stay educated for the best of the HOA:
New HOA Board Members
Each time a new board member is added to your team, an orientation is recommended—even if it’s less than 30 minutes. This way, your board and HOA management company can share information with the new member to help them kick off their role from a knowledgable position. This education should include:
- Key HOA terms
- Governing documents review
- Overview of the jobs for each officer and any HOA committees
- Discussion about the powers of the board and its duties
- Covering of local and states codes relating to HOA management
- Code of conduct for board meetings
- Discussion about the HOA’s insurance and liability
It’s good to have board members from different backgrounds and walks of life. This can also mean that people may have very different methods and perspectives when running the homeowners association. Therefore, it’s important to always open up chances for education during the board meetings themselves.
Have Q&A sessions where board members can ask for clarity on any topic. Your property management company can bring in experts to speak with the board members, helping them build better relationships and work better together.
Besides the basic training from the orientation and in board meetings, regular workshops are recommended so board members can hear from different property management experts, such as contractors, HOA attorneys, etc. who can offer perspectives on various aspects of the management process. Then board members can discuss and use what they learn throughout the year.
Being an HOA board member comes with a lot of duties, and one of those is proper and ongoing education. This allows your board to make better decisions and ultimately leads to better management of your community.