Who We Are

CAI’s Mission

CAI’s Mission

Inspiring professionalism, effective leadership, and responsible citizenship – ideals reflected in associations that are preferred places to call home.

Community Associations Institute (CAI) is an international membership organization dedicated to Building Better Communities. For (50) years, CAI has been the leader in providing education, resources, and advocacy to the volunteer homeowners and board members who govern community associations and the professional community managers and service providers who support them. CAI has more than 45,000 members in 63 chapters worldwide. Eight of these chapters, representing 7,000 members, comprise CAI-California.

Approximately 14,300,000 Californians live in 4,947,000 homes in more than 50,010 community associations. By 2040, the community association model is expected to become the most common form of housing resulting in a growing need for Common Interest Development (CID) managers. CAI is dedicated to coming alongside CID managers and helping them succeed in this career path by offering California specific education and credentialing.

CAI continues to provide professional development and training for our members by:

  • Advancing excellence through seminars, webinars, conferences, and education programs, most of which lead to professional designations for community managers and other industry professionals.
  • Publishing the largest collection of resources available on community association management and governance, including website content, books, guides, Common Ground magazine, and more.
  • Advocating on behalf of common-interest communities and industry professionals before legislatures, regulatory bodies, and the courts.
  • Conducting research and serving as an international clearinghouse for information, innovations, and best practices in community association development, governance, and management.



Community Manager Membership

Elevate your career by joining CAI, earn professional credentials, and excel as an industry leader.


Management Company Membership

Market your management company, expand your client base, access tools, resources, and information.

(one individual manager membership included)


CAI provides customized membership to assist you as a California Community Manager. When you join CAI, you will have access to the following member benefits:

  • Member pricing at your local chapter events, webinars, and courses. Take advantage of California-specific education!
  • Member pricing and earn credentials through CAI’s world-class Professional Management Development Program.
  • Member pricing at CAI-National events, webinars, and conferences including Annual Conference, CEO-MC Retreat, Large Scale Managers’ Workshop, & High-Rise Managers’ Workshop.
  • Access to industry content and trends with annual subscriptions to Common Ground magazine, Community Manager Newsletter, CAI@Home Newsletter, Law Reporter E-newsletter, Community Managers’ Briefcase, and your local chapter publications.

CAI also offers membership for HOA Volunteer Leaders, Boards of Directors, and Business Partners. Select the link below for more information.

CAI Membership