As of January 2, 2016, those who serve on the boards of condominiums, homeowner associations, and housing coops in Montgomery County, Maryland must now complete an education course on the responsibilities of serving on a board of directors.  The law charges the Montgomery County Commission on Common Ownership Communities with the responsibility for developing the curriculum.  The Commission has established an on-line course on its website at the following link:  http://www2.montgomerycountymd.gov/CCOC-Training.

Each condominium, HOA and coop in Montgomery County is required to certify to the Commission that each of its board members has completed the required training, along with providing an annual report that includes the name and address of each board member, the date each member completed the training, the number of vacancies on the board, and the length of time each vacancy existed.

It should be noted that failure to complete the training course will not disqualify a board member from continuing to serve.  However, if a condominium, HOA or coop board member does not complete the mandatory education, the Commission may take legal action to enforce the training requirement.  Also, a Commission dispute resolution panel that is reviewing a dispute between a homeowner and a community association may consider a board member’s failure to complete the training in deciding the dispute.