Technical courses covered on an apartment maintenance test include plumbing maintenance and repair; appliance maintenance and repair; heating, venting and air conditioning maintenance and repair; electrical maintenance and repair; and interior and exterior maintenance and repair. Non-technical courses cover projects, people and profits, and apartment business.
These programs provide candidates with knowledge on apartment management and the financial end of the industry. The National Apartment Association Education Institute allows students to complete the programs as stand-alone seminars, or they can take the full set to earn a certification. Non-technical courses are completed online. The five technical courses require classroom training and several sessions of online training. Completing the certificate takes about 90 hours.
To be eligible for this certificate, a candidate must have one-year of apartment maintenance experience and must meet all the requirements for taking the test. Candidates must complete all seven modules and pass the online exam, which consists of about 100 questions.
The certificate has a lifetime validity, and holders do not need to continue training to maintain it. Earning the certificate has various benefits including a free subscription to Units magazine, discounts on industry goods, getting listed as an NAAEI Certificate Holder and getting a free wallet card. The cost of earning the certificate varies from one state to another.