Real Property Administration (RPA)

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

RPA Courses   

Consider registering your staff for the Real Property Administrator (RPA) professional designation program offered by BOMI International. An employee with the RPA designation brings increased knowledge in the operation of building systems, energy and environmental management, life-cycle costing, legal and accounting issues, and financial management.

AOBA would be pleased to work directly with your firm to customize RPA training for your team at your office. For further information, please contact Pascha Steward, psteward@aoba-metro.org or 202/296-3390 x760.

Click on the course title to download the registration flyer, which you can then complete, scan, and return to Pascha Steward, psteward@aoba-metro.org.

Ethics is Good Business® Shortcourse -- Wednesday, October 16, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at AOBA, 1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 1005. This course will be taught by Glen Hugo, Regional Manager, MRP Real Estate Services Group, LLC. This BOMI International accelerated course is required for the RPA® and FMA® designation programs.

Design, Operation and Maintenance of Building Systems, Part II -- Thursday, November 7 to Sunday, November 10, 2019 at a downtown D.C. location (TBD). This course will be taught by Bill Clark, Vice President, Operations, Blake Real Estate, Inc. This BOMI International accelerated course is required for the RPA® and FMA® designation programs.

Other BOMI Courses

Please visit 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 three 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 Information 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 revised Experience Requirement criteria verification form.

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

Course Requirements

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 one)
  • Asset Management
  • Leasing and Marketing for Property Managers
  • Managing the Organization

If you have questions regarding the changes, please contact a BOMI International Education Coordinator at 1.800.235.BOMI (2664) or e-mail service@bomi.org.