To become a certified apartment manager, an individual must complete the required 56 and a half hours of certified apartment manager coursework; achieve a minimum of 12 months experience handling onsite property operations; and pass necessary examinations within 12 months of beginning candidacy for the certification. The certification is designed for agents who oversee apartment rentals in the United States.
The National Apartment Association offers online courses for a fee, and many accredited undergraduate institutions, as well as local and state agencies, provide classes both online and in person. Most online courses let applicants study at their own pace.
To enroll in a course with the National Apartment Association, users create an account or log in with an existing account, then fill out the enrollment form and pay for the desired course.
The plan of study includes information covering legal restrictions and procedural guidelines for apartment managers. The topics cover the fields of commercial properties, residential properties, tenant law, advertising management and leasing. Projects blend factual knowledge of laws and procedures with practical applications through business plans and hypothetical scenarios.
The certification gives recipients the flexibility to work in sectors of the real estate industry that range from residential and commercial property management to real estate associate. Other countries have differing certification requirements for similar positions.