Florida Resident Owned Communities, Inc.
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URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT

FLAROC announced today (March 13, 2020) that the two remaining Director Certification training sessions are cancelled to avoid any risk of transmission of the coronavirus. The two sessions were scheduled for March 18 at Poinsettia Park in Fort Myers and March 26 at Fairway Village in Largo.

 

Refunds of registration fees will be made.

Steps for association director self certification:

All of Florida’s mandatory association statutes require newly appointed or elected directors of the association to meet certain educational requirements within 90 days of being appointed or elected to the Board of Directors. The statutes provide for two means to accomplish certification.

  1. Submit a certificate of having satisfactorily completed an educational curriculum approved by the DBPR and administrated by an education provider approved by the DBPR; or
  2. Certify in writing to the secretary of the association that he or she has read a number of corporate documents and will uphold such documents and will, to the best of their ability, faithfully discharge their duties and fiduciary responsibility to the association’s members.

 

A director who fails to timely file the written certification or educational certificate is suspended from service on the board until he or she complies with this requirement.

 

FLAROC is an approved education provider and the FLAROC curriculum is approved for condominiums and cooperatives. FLAROC strongly believes that participation in an educational program is the superior way to meet the statutory requirements and has offered such training several times each year since the statutory requirement was enacted.

 

The coronavirus became a worldwide pandemic in early 2020. Organizations across the United States and elsewhere have and are taking steps to reduce the spread of this virus. FLAROC is doing its part. For the first time since beginning to offer certification training, FLAROC has cancelled some of the training sessions. Specifically, the training at Poinsettia Park in Ft. Myers (3/18) and the training at Fairway Village in Largo (3/26) are cancelled.

 

FLAROC recognizes that some newly appointed or elected directors were counting on its training to acquire the educational certificate. So, FLAROC is providing the following information to assist in meeting the requirements.

 

Step 1: Acquire and read at a minimum the following corporate documents:

  • Articles of Incorporation including any amendments thereto
  • Association bylaws
  • Master form proprietary lease
  • Written rules and regulations
  • Written policy documents

Hint: While not specifically required for certification, FLAROC urges association directors to read the appropriate Florida Statute (F.S. Chapter 718, condominiums; F.S. Chapter 719 cooperatives) and the applicable Florida Administrative Code (61B-15 through 25, 45 and 50. F.A.C., condominiums; 61B-75 through 79, F.A.C., cooperatives).

 

Step 2: Prepare the certification document. A sample form that can be used is included here. A similar example is in the Forms portion of “Resident-Owned Community Guide for Florida Cooperatives” by Peter Dunbar and Ashley E Gault.

 

Step 3: File a copy of the written certificate with the associations secretary

 

FLAROC further suggests that directors, especially new directors, might do the following:

  • Read the minutes of the last four or five meetings of the board
  • Read the minutes of the last four or five minutes from any committees of the board

Board Member Certification

 

 

 

I, ____________________________________________ (print name of board member), certify that I have read the association’s {condominium}/cooperative documents, articles of incorporation, bylaws, and current written policies; that I will work to uphold such documents and policies to the best of my ability; and that I will faithfully discharge my fiduciary responsibility to the association’s members.

 

 

Signed: ___________________________________________ (signature of board member)

 

 

Dated: ___________________________________________

 

 

Source: Resident-Owned Community Guide for Florida Cooperatives, third edition, by Peter Dunbar and Ashley Gault, 2014.

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