Education

Education programs and designations of the National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI) are the premier offerings for rental housing professionals. NAAEI's professional credential programs are a recognized and respected mark of excellence throughout the industry. Each course and program has been carefully crafted and tailored to meet the changing needs of today's rental housing professionals. Find a designation course through a Tennessee affiliate using the button below.

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Designation Courses Offered

Below is a list of potential designations that can be earned by professionals in the rental housing industry. Tennessee affiliates offer the designation courses at different times throughout the year, so please refer to this calendar to find an upcoming designation course in Tennessee.


CALP


Earning CALP (Certified Apartment Leasing Professional), your first industry credential, signals to an employer your commitment to a career in residential property management. Leasing professionals are the first people prospective residents meet and are responsible for generating traffic, conducting leasing demonstrations, overcoming objections and qualifying prospective residents. This program teaches all these skills and more. To obtain the CALP credential, candidates must complete the following:

  • Minimum of six months of onsite property management experience in a leasing role (This can be obtained while taking the course; you will receive a provisional certificate until this requirement is met.)
  • Successful completion of seven CALP courses
  • Pass the examination within six (6) months of declaring candidacy




Earning your CAM (Certified Apartment Manager) credential allows you to demonstrate your skills, knowledge, and ability to manage an apartment community and achieve owners’ investment goals. Whether you are a property manager or new to property management, this course provides in-depth training and expertise just for you! Earning CAM credentials gives you the skills to increase your community's net operating income; the knowledge to effectively manage an apartment community; and most importantly, the ability to achieve your property owners’ investment goals.

To obtain the CAM credential, candidates must complete the following:

  • Minimum of 12 months of onsite property management experience
  • Successful completion of all CAM coursework (totaling 40 hours)
  • Meet all examination standards within six (6) months of declaring candidacy




Earning your CAPS (Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor) takes you to the next level in property management. It fast-tracks your career advancement and your corresponding earning potential. This program’s curriculum emphasizes recruiting, retaining and engaging high-performing employees. You’ll also learn how to analyze and report property and portfolio financial results, conduct due diligence and community takeovers and oversee management agreements.

To obtain the CAPS credential, candidates must complete the following:

  • Minimum of 24 months employment as a multi-site supervisor or be either a CAM, ARM or RAM credential holder in good standing.
  • Successful completion of all CAPS course work (totaling 40 hours)
  • Meet all examination standards within six (6) months of declaring candidacy




Earning your CAMT (Certificate for Apartment Maintenance Technicians) validates your knowledge, enhances your reputation and credibility, boosts your confidence, and earns you respect. Maintenance expenses are the single largest controllable element in any operating budget. This course acts as an introduction for new maintenance professionals or as a refresher for the veteran employee, teaching what it takes to run a cost-effective maintenance program. CAMT credential holders can further develop their maintenance knowledge online with two micro-credentials, CAMT+E which focuses on building energy efficiency, and CAMT+L which concentrates on developing supervisory and leadership skills.

The CAMT program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a private non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system.

To obtain the CAMT credential, candidates must complete the following:

  • Minimum of 12 months of apartment or rental housing maintenance experience. (This can be obtained while taking the course, you will receive a provisional certificate until this requirement is met.)  
  • Successful completion of all CAMT coursework
  • Pass the examination




Earning CAS (Certified Apartment Supplier) allows you to network with your peers from other companies, learn about the benefits and activities your local apartment association offers and engage in apartment association meetings and events. The course is an opportunity for suppliers to hear the everyday challenges faced by apartment-manager customers. A valued supplier partner has a deep understanding of the apartment industry. This course helps you gain that insight so you can better position your products and services to meet industry needs. This course is ideal for new salespeople and helps industry veterans gain further knowledge of apartment community operations.

To obtain the CAS credential, candidates must complete the following:

  • Complete the Supplier Success Course
  • Employment within the apartment industry in a supplier position
  • Successful completion of all CAS coursework (totaling 26 hours)
  • Meet all examination standards within six (6) months of declaring candidacy