The new process of licensing for condominium managers and condominium management providers in Ontario is still evolving, and we are doing our best to keep you up-to-date on the procedures as we understand them. As the effective dates and education requirements have been released, along with discussion and consultation of licensing fees, we have received several calls and emails from managers looking for more information.
Here we try to answer your most common questions:
Which licence do I need?
Individuals who are providing condo management services on November 1, 2017 (or within the previous 3 months) may apply for a:
- Limited Licence – if the applicant has up to 2 years of work experience as a condo manager
- Transitional General Licence – if the applicant has more than 2 years of work experience as a condo manager obtained within the previous 5 years, but has not completed the educational or examination requirements for a general licence.
- General Licence – if the applicant has more than 2 years of work experience as a condo manager obtained within the previous 5 years and:
- Has successfully completed ACMO’s Registered Condominium Manager (RCM) designation examination; or
- Has successfully completed the four condominium management courses, or applicable challenge examinations, developed by ACMO.
If your RCM designation has lapsed, you may be required to provide proof that you have previously completed the required education for the RCM designation. For a limited time we are waiving the $200 administrative fee for those applying for reinstatement. Learn more…
How do I apply for a licence?
As of November 1, 2017, you have 90 days to apply for a licence through the Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario (CMRAO), the designated licensing and regulatory body: www.cmrao.cao
How much will a licence cost?
Licensing fees will be set by the CMRAO and will vary depending on the type of licence you are qualified to receive. The CMRAO is currently consulting with the public and managers on the proposed fees. ACMO sent the CMRAO’s consultation survey to its members recently and it can be found at www.cmrao.ca.
Is the RCM the designation adopted by the government?
The RCM designation is a credential that condo managers may choose to voluntarily obtain.
The licence will not be a credential to appear after your name. It will be the same as any other type of licence in the form of a piece of paper that authorizes you to perform the duties of your profession.
As of November 1, 2017, every condo manager and firm in Ontario has 90 days to apply for a mandatory licence with the CMRAO in order to continue providing condominium management services.
What if I am already an RCM?
You will be eligible to apply for a General Licence through the CMRAO.
What if I’ve taken the courses but not the RCM exam?
If you have 2 years’ experience, you can apply for a General Licence.
What if I haven’t taken any of the ACMO courses?
If you have less than five years of experience, you can complete the four ACMO courses. If you have more than five years of experience, you can choose to take four challenge exams instead of the four courses.
Where can I enroll in ACMO’s courses?
ACMO courses are offered online via Ontario Learn and in-person at the following institutions: Humber College, Mohawk College, George Brown College, and Conestoga College. Learn more…
Remember, the Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario (CMRAO) is the designated licensing and regulatory body for the profession. We encourage you to sign up for their mailing list to receive updates and visit CMRAO’s website for more information.