Why It Made the Cut: The National Apartment Association’s CAM (Certified Apartment Manager) course delivers a valuable certification to aspiring apartment managers through comprehensive and flexible online or in-person course options.
The National Apartment Association (NAA) Certified Apartment Manager course covers a wide range of topics for those looking to specialize in apartment management, including coursework in marketing, property inspections, preventative maintenance programs, working with contractors, accounting, and maximizing net operating income. After completing training, students earn a CAM (Certified Apartment Manager) credential to show off to clients and potential employers.
The program offers plenty of flexibility depending on students’ preferences and how they learn best. Coursework can be completed online or in person. In-person options are scheduled by local and state affiliates, and the class lengths can range from 4-day intensives to 4-week courses. An online self-assessment tool can help potential students determine if the CAM certification course is right for them based on their prior experience and education. In the assessment, students can rank their comfort level with different topics and skills that are necessary in a property management career.
The program does require more than just completing coursework. To earn the CAM credential, candidates must complete all their CAM coursework (totaling 40 hours), have a minimum of 12 months of on-site property management experience by the time they graduate, and pass an exam. As with most other property management certifications, graduates of the program will be on the hook for continuing education to keep their certification active, but the annual 8-hour coursework and $100 fee are relatively attainable to maintain. While the CAM website has somewhat limited information, customers can reach out to NAA representatives to answer any lingering questions.
- Class format: Online, in-person
- Price: $900 for NAA members; $1,125 for nonmembers
- Experience requirements: 12 months of work experience by graduation
- Course focus: Residential property management
- Course length: Varies by course
- Certification earned: Certified Apartment Manager
- Certification renewal requirements: 8 hours of continuing education and $100 fee every year
- Online and in-person class options
- 4-day, 2-week, and 4-week in-person courses
- Relatively attainable continuing education requirements
- Convenient pre-course online self-assessment tool
- Website information is relatively limited