Following is a list of common abbreviations and acronyms used in the common interest development industry.
AAMC: Accredited Association Management Company. This is a manager certification issued by the Community Associations Institute.
AC: Architectural Committee.
ADA: Americans with Disabilities Act.
ADR: Alternative Dispute Resolution.
AG: Attorney General.
AICPA: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
AMS: Association Management Specialist. This is a manager certification issued by the California Association of Community Managers.
ARC: Architectural Review Committee.
CACM: California Association of Community Managers.
CAI: Community Associations Institute.
CCAM: Certified Community Association Manager. This is a manager certification issued by the Community Associations Institute.
CC&Rs: Declaration of Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions.
CD: Certificate of Deposit.
CID: Common Interest Development
CLAC: California Legislative Action Committee. A CAI committee that tracks and lobbies the legislature on bills affecting common interest developments.
CMCA: Certified Manager of Community Associations. This is a manager certification issued by the National Board of Certification of Community Association Managers.
COOP: Also Co-Op and Co-Operative. Refers to a “Stock Cooperative,” one of the forms of common interest developments.
CPA: Certified Public Accountant.
CPI: Consumer Price Index. Commonly used for budgeting purposes.
CPM: Certified Property Manager. This is a manager certification issued by the Institute of Real Estate Management.
dB: Decibel. A unit of measurement for sound intensity.
DRE: Department of Real Estate.
EV: Electric Vehicle.
EVC: Electric Vehicle Charger.
FCC: Federal Communications Commission.
FDIC: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
FHA: Federal Housing Administration.
FIIC: Field Impact Insulation Class. This is a field measurement to test the actual level of noise transmission into the unit below.
GAAP: Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. A set of rules, conventions, standards, and procedures for reporting financial information.
HELOC: Home Equity Line of Credit.
HOA: Homeowners Association.
HUD: Housing and Urban Development Department of the federal government.
HVAC: Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning.
IDR: Internal Dispute Resolution.
LSM: Large-Scale Manager. This is a manager certification issued by the Community Associations Institute.
MUD: Mixed Use Development.
NBC – CAM: National Board of Certification of Community Association Managers.
PCAM: Professional Community Association Manager. A manager certification issued by the Community Associations Institute.
PD: Planned Development.
POA: Property Owners Association.
PUD: Same as a PD.
TIC: Tenants in Common. TIC own an undivided interest in property.
TRO: Temporary Restraining Order. An emergency remedy which prevents a party from taking a specific action until the court has had an opportunity to hear arguments or evidence on an issue. TROs are issued for short periods.