Education for Homeowners

Online Essential Guide for Homeowner Leaders

Learn how associations are organized, governed, and managed with the new ​​​​​Community Association Living: An Essential Guide for Homeowner Leaders​.

Visit for many more great resources, such as the From Good to Great brochure, the Board Member Tool Kit as well CAI's digital publication

Board Leader Certificate Course

Whether you live in a condominium, homeowners association (HOA) or other type of community, the CAI Board Leader Certificate Course highlights what every board member needs to know to serve effectively.

The course consists of five modules:

  • Module 1: Governing Documents and Roles & Responsibilities. To start you on the right path, Module 1 helps you understand the legal authority for your association. It also clarifies the duties and responsibilities of each board member and the professionals who are available to assist the board.

  • Module 2: Communications, Meetings and Volunteerism. Module 2 helps you learn how to maximize volunteer involvement in your community association by improving board communications, conducting effective meetings and building community spirit.

  • Module 3: Fundamentals of Financial Management. Module 3 introduces the fundamentals of association financial management, including guidelines for protecting your association’s assets, preparing a budget, planning for the future and collecting assessments.

  • Module 4: Professional Advisors and Service Providers. Because putting together the right team to support your association can be challenging, Module 4 provides practical tips on finding, evaluating and hiring qualified professional advisors and service providers.

  • Module 5: Association Rules and Conflict Resolution. Module 5 explores guidelines for making reasonable association rules, enforcing rules fairly and resolving conflict effectively.

This course is offered at least once a year in class room format but is also availbalbe as an online course.

Taking and completing the CAI Board Leader Certificate Course (also known as the Board Leadership Development Workshop) is one of the requirements of earning the CAI Board Leader Certificate. Community leaders who complete all modules of the Board Leader Certificate will receive a certificate of completion and recognition on the CAI website.

Chapter Meeting Series

The CAI Alabama Chapter hosts several chapter meetings throughout the year with speakers presenting an educational topic of interest to our members. 

Click here to view upcoming events.

National Conferences and Events

Community Associations Institute's annual national events bring thousands of attendees information, insights, and expertise, while fostering amazing relationships. 

Click here to view a listing of upcoming national conferences and events.



CAI offers several webinars on demand as well as live webinars. Please click here to view the currently offered on-demand webinars and upcoming live webinars