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Property Management classes curriculum

Developed by professionals with first-hand experience as property managers, our Property Management classes curriculum is tailored for the real world. You'll explore important fundamental concepts—as well as hands-on procedures—to ensure properties are well-maintained, occupied with good tenants, and profitable. Every class consists of practical lessons you can apply instantly to your day-to-day career.

Curriculum Lessons

Property Management Orientation 

In this course, you’ll examine the goals and values of Ashworth College, time management, creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule, the nature and purpose of assessments, how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination, and developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century. You’ll also review the skills needed to initiate your own business, including positioning, marketing, investing, and obtaining financing.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Identify skills needed to be a confident and independent online learner.
  • Recognize the qualities and skills required of a successful entrepreneur.

Lesson Group 1: Introduction to Property Management  

This course serves as an introduction to the career of property manager. You’ll review common property management duties and what skills and characteristics are required to be successful in this field. You’ll also learn about the components of business success and how to craft a successful business plan.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Summarize the roles and responsibilities of a property manager.
  • Identify the key skills and characteristics of successful property managers.
  • Describe how to formulate a business plan.
  • Recognize how to establish a team and outsource tasks.

Lesson Group 2: Operations and Tenants 

In this course, you’ll review the documents and records that property managers use and how they’re best organized and stored. Then, you’ll learn how successful property managers handle maintenance and repair issues and hire, train, and retain employees. Also addressed in this course is the management of vacancies, setting and changing rents and leases, and tenant relations. 

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Explain the importance of recordkeeping and maintenance management.
  • Summarize how to hire and retain personnel.
  • Describe how to set, structure, and change rents, terms, and leases.
  • Identify common issues that arise in tenant relations.

Lesson Group 3: Business Aspects of Property Management 

This course begins with a discussion of legal issues that are unique to property managers. You’ll review landlord-tenant law and discriminatory practices before studying topics in rental property financing, taxes, and insurance. Finally, you’ll explore specialized housing markets, including workforce, student, and affordable housing and providing access to disabled persons.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Identify legal issues that are common to property managers.
  • Recognize reporting requirements, records, taxes, deductions, and insurance as they relate to properties.
  • Name special topics concerning property management, including workforce, student, and affordable housing.

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Program Description

The Property Management certificate program is designed to provide you with the knowledge of the fundamental skills required of a property manager. You’ll learn the role and responsibilities of successful property managers and how they handle common issues such as maintenance, vacancies, tenant relations, legal issues, financing, insurance, and more.

Program Objectives

After completing the Property Management program, students will be able to:

  1. List the personal and professional characteristics of successful property managers.
  2. Outline the general scope of authority of property managers, based on the terms of the relationship with the property owner.
  3. Determine when to retain property management personnel and when to hire skilled tradespeople and contractors.
  4. Define business concepts related to property management, including advertising, marketing, record-keeping systems implementation, profit and loss, operating budget, and return on investment.
  5. Describe how to target and screen for reliable tenants and how to handle tenant-related issues, such as obtaining security deposits, collecting rent, enforcing occupancy rules, and performing evictions.
  6. Explain the importance of risk management and appropriate security for property and outline the steps to follow to assess liability and secure adequate liability insurance.

Managing your career opportunities

Ashworth College's API Program Name Career Diploma program helps you develop the confidence you need to reach for your career goals because we integrate job search prep into your studies. With the online tools at the Ashworth College Central Network, you’ll get step-by-step guidance as you create polished, professional resumes and letters. After you graduate, you’ll keep your Ashworth College Central Network account so you can revisit the tools any time you need to make a good impression on a potential employer. Learn more about it at the Career Services page.

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