Real Property Administration (RPA)

Increase your property administration knowledge by earning the valuable RPA designation, developed by BOMI.

RPA/FMA Courses   

An employee with the RPA designation represents a professional with increased knowledge in the: operation of building systems, energy and environmental management, life-cycle costing, legal and accounting issues, as well as financial management. Consider registering your staff for this professional designation program offered by BOMI International.

Please scroll to the bottom of this page to see new RPA requirements. Note: AOBA would be pleased to work directly with your firm to customize RPA training for your team at your office. For further information, call or email Pascha Steward.

AOBA will host the following courses in the Winter/Spring of 2019. Click on the title to download the Registration Flyer. Please complete the flyer, scan it and return it to Pascha Steward ( :

RPA Real Estate Investment and Finance - Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 5 -April 25 from 5 to 7pm at 1212 New York Avenue, 6th Floor. This course will be taught by Kathy Burgess, Director of Finance, J Street Companies

Other BOMI Courses

Please BOMI's site for an extensive list of BOMI educational courses for commercial real estate professionals, and to learn about professional certificates that may be obtained by taking 3 courses!

Here's what RPA "graduates" are saying:

"I chose to pursue my RPA designation for multiple reasons, primarily because I knew how highly regarded this designation is in our industry. Earning the designation shows your peers (and employer) that you have worked hard to become proficient in your profession. The classes expand your knowledge of property management, finance, risk management and even engineering. I would highly recommend this program to any real estate professional who is serious about career and professional growth."

Jamie A. Beale, RPA
Foulger Pratt

"The true value you receive from the RPA program is not only in the course material, but the reinforcement based upon real world experiences from the instructors, your fellow students and guest speakers. The dynamic interaction of the classroom will help you better understand the subject matter, network with your peers, and most certainly help make you a better manager."

Glenn P. Hugo, RPA, FMA, CCIM
MRP Real Estate Services Group, LLC

“The RPA program has provided me with a well-rounded education in property management. If I am faced with an issue for the first time, my RPA textbooks are the first place I look for guidance.”

Amy Natoli, RPA,
Property Manager
The Brick Companies

Important Announcements Regarding the Real Property Administrator (RPA®) Designation Program

In addition to the knowledge gained through education, property professionals in today’s world are required to meet more rigorous performance expectations in a rapidly evolving industry. To ensure the RPA Designation Program represents these changing needs, BOMI International has made the following changes to the RPA Designation curriculum:

Experience Requirement

Students who enroll in the RPA Designation Program are required to demonstrate three years of verifiable property management experience or equivalent. The experience must be performed for a portfolio or building 50,000 square feet or larger. Work-related experience must include responsibility in 24 of the 35 criteria outlined in the outlined in the revised Experience Requirement criteria verification form.

The changes to the requirement extends the credibility of the RPA Designation for the thousands of industry professionals and employers who rely on BOMI International to deliver high-quality education programs that advance careers and add value to organizations.

Course Requirements

As of January of 2015, BOMI International retired the Fundamentals of Real Property Administration course. The RPA Designation Program will continue to call for completion of seven required courses and one elective course.

The course structure for the RPA Designation Program is as follows:

Required Course

  • Budgeting and Accounting
  • Environmental Health and Safety Issues
  • Ethics Is Good Business® ShortCourse™
  • Law and Risk Management
  • Real Estate Investment and Finance
  • The Design, Operation, and Maintenance of Building Systems, Part I
  • The Design, Operation, and Maintenance of Building Systems, Part II
  • Elective Courses (choose two)
  • Asset Management
  • Leasing and Marketing for Property Managers
  • Managing the Organization

If you have questions regarding the changes explained above, please contact a BOMI International Education Coordinator at 1.800.235.BOMI (2664) or by e-mail.