Back to School Continuing Education for Property Managers

 With multifamily buildings, who is in charge of the property and how well those  people are trained are critically important factors in the successful operation  of the community. Board members are a part of this management class, which is  often shepherded by a competent property manager. But all property managers are  not equal in their abilities and knowledge, and the smarter ones try to bridge  the gap.

 The best property managers stay current in their industry by keeping abreast of  new developments in building technology, administration and communication.  While networking with other professionals is a way to stay up to date and  reading industry publications like The New Jersey Cooperator also helps, few  things are better for a manager’s professional development than taking continuing education courses.  

 Opportunities abound, since there are many classes and enrichment programs  available to New Jersey property management professionals. These programs are  not only an industry requirement for some, they also help improve one’s professional skills. Maintaining certain professional accreditation with  industry associations such as the Community Associations Institute (CAI) also  necessitates taking such classes.  

 While New Jersey law does not require managers of community associations be  licensed, according to CAI, to professionals like Jaclyn Olszewski, the  education coordinator for the New Jersey Apartment Association (NJAA),  continuing education is essential to both competency and career advancement. “With an industry that's constantly evolving and changing, designation is just a  great way to provide the managers with more knowledge and tools to help them  make decisions on a daily basis at the properties,” Olszewski says.  

 Property managers must wear many hats in their jobs, and this means having a  strong understanding of the different facets the position entails. “The marketplace needs are always changing, so in order for property managers to  really stay on top of changes, they really need to keep up educationally,” says Sharon Peters, public relations manager of the Institute of Real Estate  Management (IREM), a national organization headquartered in Chicago.  

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