Accreditation for Strata Managers

Accreditation

The Strata Community Australia (SCA) Strata Manager Accreditation Program provides nationally recognised professional qualifications for strata managers. Consumers now demand it and strata managers, in order to remain up-to-date and competitive, need to have it.

Each level of accreditation includes specific obligations for the member to undergo continuing professional development (CPD) to maintain their accreditation status.

Successful applicants are issued with certificates with their accreditation level and official accreditation logos for use in electronic and hard copy stationery.

Why accreditation is necessary

For consumers: accreditation provides a way to identify strata managers who have submitted themselves to a code of ethics and undertake continuing professional development, so creating security, trust, professionalism and recognition.

For the strata industry: accreditation enables strata managers to gain professional recognition, and thereby a competitive advantage, which can enhance their business, and help build a long term career. Consequently, accreditation works to raise strata industry standards overall.

Specifically it helps ensure strata managers:

  • are aware of relevant and current legislation
  • follow the specific requirements of legislation
  • adhere to best practice
  • adopt current procedures
  • commit to clerical excellence and
  • continually enhance their managerial and meeting chairmanship skills.

How to become accredited

Strata managers seeking accreditation must:

  • be member of SCA (NSW)
  • submit to our code of ethics
  • undertake education, professional development and submit evidence of their competency.

Accreditation levels

There are four levels of accreditation with the following requirements:

 

       LEVEL 1 – Accredited Strata Community Manager (ASCM)

  • Membership & adherence to SCA Code of Conduct, plus
  • NSW Certificate of Registration, or
  • Equivalent Introductory Course, or
  • Two years membership with evidence of on-job or employer training, CPD where available and satisfactory completion of competency questionnaire at state board discretion

       LEVEL 2 – Certified Strata Community Manager (CSCM)

  • Membership & adherence to SCA Code of Conduct, plus
  • Minimum 2 yrs experience, plus Cert IV Property Services (Operations) or
  • Minimum 5 yrs membership plus certification re competence against Certificate IV requirements by 2 SCA state board delegates or
  • Minimum 2 yrs experience plus other equivalent Certificate IV level qualification subject to approval on case by case basis.

       LEVEL 3 – Practising Strata Community Manager (PSCM)

  • To be an eligible member you must have been a licensed strata manager in NSW for a minimum of five years, have not had any disciplinary action taken against you as member of SCA (NSW).  Furthermore, you must be (or have been) a licensee-in-charge or have degree (or higher) qualifications in one of the following:
    • Business
    • Business administration
    • Business studies
    • Commerce
    • Economics
    • Accounting
    • Finance
    • Business law
    • Legal studies
    • Dispute resolution
    • Marketing
    • Project management
    • Human resource management
    • Construction
    • Sustainable enterprise
    • Urban and regional planning
    • Property studies
    • Engineering (civil)
    • Architecture and design

       LEVEL 4 – Fellow Strata Community Manager (FSCM)

  • Existing SCA Fellows and/or Life Members at state board discretion.

 

What the application form asks

1. The accreditation level sought. Full name, contact details (mail, phone, email). Years in industry. Years of membership. Employer. Previous employer if less than three years.

2. Evidence of qualifications and application/declaration to be signed by applicant and by Principal/Manager where applicant is an employee of member company, the Franchisor where a applicant is a franchisee or otherwise supported by a statutory declaration where self-employed, sole trader or employee of non-member company.

How to apply

To apply simply download the Accreditation application form complete and email to accreditation.nsw@stratacommunity.org.au to start your pathway to accreditation.