You can’t be a successful property manager without keeping an open mind about new technology and new developments in building administration tools—and understanding that the need to stay abreast of these situations is vital.
While networking with other professionals is a good way to stay current, and reading industry publications like The South Florida Cooperatoris another smart move, few things can contribute more to a manager’s professional development than in-depth continuing education courses.
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“Education courses are offered throughout our area by various trade partners,” says Gary van der Laan, vice president of Leland Management in Orlando, referring to groups such as the Community Associations Institute, of which Florida has 8 chapters. “As a CAI chapter, our goal is to provide all the continuing education that our member managers need to renew their licenses and achieve personal growth as part of our regular education programs. The education committee coordinates the educational programs and submits a slate of classes to the board of directors on an annual basis.”
Not only do these classes help property management professionals improve their services, but it can also help advance their careers. All managers are required to complete the continuing education to maintain their licenses, and some of the area management companies pay for the cost for their managers to attend classes.
“Managers have the option to become ‘certified’ beyond the basic licensing requirements by obtaining accreditation through groups like CAI and Florida Community Association Professionals (FCAP),” says Donna DiMaggio Berger, an attorney with Becker & Poliakoff in Fort Lauderdale. “Several of my partners and I have worked closely with FCAP to provide the training materials and protocols needed to ensure that the managers seeking certification are truly taught to function at the highest level.”