Some condo managers who want to renew their licences next year will have to pass a multiple-choice test to demonstrate their knowledge of new legislation regulating the profession as well as recent changes to Ontario’s condo laws. General licence holders who completed mandatory courses and exams ahead of those changes, which started to roll out on Nov. 1, 2017, will have to watch three webinars as part of a new continuing education requirement for 2019.
Minister of Government and Consumer Services Todd Smith prescribed “Continuing Education for Condo Manager General Licence Renewal (2019)” before picking up a new cabinet assignment yesterday. The move responds to the fact that general licence holders who completed mandatory courses and exams before Nov. 1, 2017, studied past versions of Ontario’s condo laws.
“It is important that condo managers operating with a General Licence have up-to-date knowledge of the recent condo law changes and understand their new obligations and responsibilities as condo managers,” the ministry stated in an email message announcing the requirement.
Nov. 1, 2017, is when the Condominium Management Services Act introduced mandatory qualifications and licensing for the profession. That’s also the date when the ministry began to phase in significant changes to the Condominium Act, introducing everything from new mandatory information certificates to new meeting notice requirements.
The Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario (ACMO), which developed the mandatory courses and exams condo managers must complete to obtain a general licence, will provide the new continuing education. A fee of $125 plus HST will give general licence holders 24 weeks to study the webinars and write the test. If condo managers don’t pass the test on their first try, they will have to pay $40 plus HST for each additional attempt.
General licence holders who are subject to the new continuing education requirement should fulfill it in a timely fashion, the Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario (CMRAO) advised in an email.