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Do I Need a CPM Certification to Be a Property Manager?

by Forest Time, studioD

Property managers oversee rental properties. They collect rent, show units to prospective renters, and schedule maintenance when needed. While a few states require that property managers be licensed, it is not necessary to obtain a professional certification such as the CPM to work as a property manager.

CPM Information

The CPM credential stands for "certified property manager." The CPM credential is awarded by the Institute of Real Estate Management, or IREM. To obtain the CPM credential, a property manager must be a member of IREM, must have at least three years of real estate experience, and must pass an exam.

Benefits of Certification

While professional certification is not a legal necessity for property managers, it can be a wise career step. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that professional certification can improve the employment opportunities of property managers. Certification can also improve earnings; the Institute of Real Estate Management reports that, on average, Certified Property Managers make 13 percent more than similarly-qualified property managers who are not professionally certified.

About the Author

Forest Time has been writing for over a decade. During this time, he founded and edited a short-lived literary magazine, received several prizes for his poetry and published a master's thesis on Cambodian history. He received his Master of Arts in Asian history from the University of Maine at Orono in 2007.

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