Foundational Director Training
Condominium directors must oversee the general operations of their corporation on behalf of the owners.
Our mandatory online self-paced foundational training provides a deeper look at these obligations. You must complete it within 6 months of joining your board.
About the foundational director training
This training is available to anyone free of charge and is mandatory for anyone who wants to become a director in their condo. Directors must complete the training within six months of being elected, appointed, or re-elected unless they have completed the training within the preceding 7 years.
Make sure to create a CAO account before you begin by clicking “Log in” at the top right corner of your screen.
What you will learn
Learn how condos are created and governed.
The Fundamentals of Condominium Corporations 10 minutes
The Legal Framework Governing Condominiums 20 minutes
The Board of Directors
Understand the role and responsibilities of directors and the principles that guide them. Learn the rules for different types of meetings, and the importance of corporate records.
The Role of Directors & Their Key Responsibilities 10 minutes
Effective Leadership: Creating Strong Condominium Communities 20 minutes
Board Meetings and Owners’ Meetings 20 minutes
Requisitioned Meetings 15 minutes
Best Practices for Conducting Owners’ Meetings 15 minutes
Obligations Regarding Corporate Records 15 minutes
Learn the fundamentals of finance - from how to oversee corporate finances to maintaining a healthy reserve fund to audits and collecting common expenses.
Financial Fundamentals 10 minutes
Reserve Funds and Reserve Fund Studies 20 minutes
Auditors and Annual Statements 20 minutes
Collection & Liens 15 minutes
Insurance 15 minutes
Maintaining the condominium’s physical integrity
Learn the process to modify common elements, roles & responsibilities when making repairs, maintaining condo units and how to establish a good procurement processes.
Modifications to the Common Elements 10 minutes
Repair and Maintenance 20 minutes
Procurement Processes and Best Practices 20 minutes
Different types of certificates
Get the basics on information and status certificates, including what they are, why they’re important and how and when to provide them to owners.
Information Certificates 10 minutes
Status Certificates 20 minutes
The CAO, the Tribunal and the CMRAO
Understand the roles and mandates of the various organizations overseeing and protecting the rights of owners in Ontario’s condo community.
The Condominium Authority of Ontario 10 minutes
The Condo Authority Tribunal 20 minutes
Understanding Condominium Management 20 minutes
Directors who do not complete the training in time are immediately disqualified from their board position. The CAO does not have the authority to extend the six-month deadline under any circumstances. Corporations must file a notice of change with the CAO to remove the director, must notify their owners through Information Certificate Update and identify any ceased directors who have not yet stepped down in its next Periodic Information Certificate as described in Section 11.1 and 11.2 of the Act’s regulations. The board should then fill the vacancy with a new director. The ceased director can serve again if they are elected or appointed once more after they complete the training.
The Advanced Training is optional but highly recommended.
The name and email address you used to complete the training must be the same as the one used for your condo corporation profile.
To fix this your condo corporation should:
- file a notice of change to remove the incorrect information and
- add you back to the corporation profile using your CAO Account info.
If you don’t remember your account info or would like to change the email address in your account, please contact us for assistance.
Our modules are fully accessible and can be taken online from anywhere, including public libraries or public computers. Speak with your condo manager to get support or contact us for assistance.