Today’s property managers are expected to know more and do more, wearing many hats in a rapidly evolving industry. You can expect to shift between roles that require a diverse set of skills from customer service to marketing, analysis, accounting, maintenance and more. Investing in high-quality education is a necessity that is often overlooked and can ultimately cost you significant career opportunities.
Having a solid foundation of skills, education and experience is vital to managing with capability and confidence – but some find it difficult to fit professional development into an already hectic schedule. Because of its flexibility and convenience, home study continues to be a top choice for advancement among real estate professionals today. Studying on your schedule allows you to set your own pace and enhance your skills without impacting business events, client meetings or personal commitments.
“Classroom learning has its benefits but is not always suited to everyone’s learning styles, which is why its important that we offer our courses in a variety of formats,” says Kitty Mach, Manager of Education at the Real Estate Institute of Canada (REIC). Distance learning can also bridge geographic obstacles – since classroom courses are usually scheduled in major cities, those living in smaller towns and rural areas must face lengthy commutes or miss out on important development opportunities. Home study courses provide learning in the comfort of your own home, which means everyone gets to access the same course materials as city professionals.
Advance Your Knowledge
REIC is the exclusive provider of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) courses in Canada. These courses teach the core competencies of real estate management and are open to professionals of all experience levels.
The following home study courses are a great way to begin or continue your career development journey:
- ASM600: Investment Real Estate Financing and Valuation
- HRS402: Leading a Winning Property Management Team
- CID201: Successful Condominium Management
- FIN402: Investment Real Estate – Financial Tools
- RES201: Successful Site Management
- MKL405: Marketing and Leasing: Multi-Family Properties
- MKL406: Marketing and Leasing: Office Buildings
- MNT402: Managing the Physical Asset
These courses also prepare you to earn internationally-recognized professional designations, and are part of the education requirements for the CERTIFIED PROPERTY MANAGER® (CPM®), ACCREDITED RESIDENTIAL MANAGER® (ARM®) and Accredited Commercial Manager (ACoM) designation programs. Earning any of these titles gives you a competitive edge when it comes to negotiating the next step of your career or advancing new business opportunities.
The CPM® curriculum covers how to analyze a property’s physical and fiscal performance, implement policies and procedures to enhance short and long-term property values, and how to market, retain and improve tenant, resident and employee relations. The designation is recognized across the globe as a symbol of ethical leadership and a well-managed property.
“My REIC education has allowed me to look at operations in an all-encompassing manner,” says Cory Chisholm, CPM®, Senior Vice President, Property Management at Midwest Property Management in Edmonton. “It has added additional credibility as a leader and has given me a network of peers and the opportunity for networking and idea-sharing.”
Save Now, Study Later
For the month of September 2019, REIC is offering 25% off all home study format courses using the discount code “back2school”. After registering online, you will have 6 months to complete the course readings and online exam. Further information can be found on the REIC website: www.reic.ca/homestudy