Dispelling the Common Myths that Board of Directors Don't Need Continuing Education
It is common for elected officials, such as politicians, to be required to attend continuing education to keep elected officials' knowledge up-to-date and ensure they can effectively perform their duties. However, community associations, such as homeowner or condominium associations, are typically governed by different laws and regulations than elected officials.
That fact can benefit board members of community associations to receive education and training to help them perform their roles more effectively.
Many professional organizations and trade associations offer training and certification programs for community association board members. Additionally, some states have laws requiring board members to complete specific training programs.
It ultimately depends on the community association and its governing documents on whether continuing education is required or encouraged for board members. However, it is always a good idea for board members to stay up-to-date on best practices, regulations, and industry trends to serve their community effectively.
As a previous Board President of a community association with five years of hands-on experience, I can provide factual information that dispels the common myths surrounding the need for continuing education for the board of directors.
Myth #1: Board members are already experts in their field, so they don't need continuing education.
Reality: While it's true that board members are typically selected based on their popularity or for their expertise and experience in a specific field, continuing education is still essential. Board members must stay up-to-date with industry trends, best practices, and regulations to make informed decisions and provide effective oversight.
Additionally, continuing education can help board members develop new skills, such as financial management or strategic planning, that may be outside their existing expertise.
Myth #2: Board members must be more relaxed to attend training and educational programs.
Reality: Board members have a lot on their plates, but continuing education is essential to their role. Many educational programs are flexible and can complete online or during off-hours to accommodate busy schedules.
Additionally, board members can work with their community association to ensure continuing education and that they have the necessary time and resources to participate in available programs.
Myth #3: Continuing education is unnecessary for board members because they are not involved in day-to-day operations.
Reality: While board members may not be directly involved in day-to-day operations, they still play a critical role in providing oversight and strategic guidance to the organization. To do this effectively, they must deeply understand the organization's operations, finances, and strategic goals.
Continuing education can help board members stay informed and engaged, allowing them to provide more effective oversight and guidance.
In conclusion, continuing education is essential for board members, regardless of their expertise or involvement in day-to-day operations. Board members must stay up-to-date with the latest trends, regulations, and best practices in their community association to provide adequate oversight and guidance to the organization.
Additionally, continuing education can help board members develop new skills and stay engaged in their roles, ensuring they provide the organization with the best possible leadership.