Accredited Residential Manager (ARM)

Become the resident expert with an IREM® ARM®

To become an effective residential property manager, you need to know it all: budgeting, leasing, maintenance, risk management, resident relations and retention – all while being accessible to your residents 24/7. And that’s exactly what the ARM (Accredited Residential Manager®) certification will help you do. It’s the residential property management certification that teaches early-career real estate managers the core competencies to manage residential properties successfully.

What is an ARM worth?

  • 38% greater earnings12
  • Higher-level positions1
  • Command of fundamentals in residential management
  • Increased career visibility
  • Improved confidence

Benefits of an ARM

  • Make more money. The average base property manager salary in the U.S. is $48,340.2 For ARMs, the average is $66,813.1
  • Go farther in your career. 92% of ARMs have supervisory responsibilities and manage a median of six employees1.
  • Expand your network. Meet future employers. And consult with your peers.
  • ARMs receive annual IREM membership and all the benefits that come with it.

Who should pursue the ARM certification?

  • Those who are in the early stages of their residential property management careers and want to prove they’ve mastered core competencies
  • Managers of any type of residential property – multifamily rental communities, condominiums, homeowners associations, single-family homes, and mixed-use property
  • Those needing to learn how to speak the languages of owners, residents, and investors
  • Real estate managers from anywhere, including those
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Many professionals like you are wondering if the Accredited Residential Manager designation is right for them. By watching this short video, you will understand the process for earning this certification, who it is for, and how it has benefitted other property managers like you. Let us help you decide if the ARM is the right step for your career!

The Process: Four Steps to Your ARM

Learn more about earning the ARM (Accredited Residential Manager), we’ll guide you step-by-step through the process.

Learn to become a resident expert - ARM Residential property manager certification

1. Learn

Overview: Complete two certification courses covering fundamentals in residential property management and ethics via the ARM Track.
Time: 5 days

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ARM Test - ARM Residential property manager certification

2. Test

Overview: Demonstrate your knowledge by passing the 100-question ARM Certification Exam via the ARM Track.
Time: 1/2 day

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Apply for accredited residential manager

3. Apply

Overview: Download and complete an ARM application, including an $160 application fee.*
Time: 1 hour

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Graduate as an ARM

4. Graduate

Overview: After approval, get officially recognized as an ARM and acquire the right to use the certification professionally.
Time: 1-2 months

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*All steps are generalized. Application fee for existing members is $80. Dues and fees are non-refundable. See step details for complete information.

Greater recognition demands
higher pay.

The ARM is recognized as a preeminent certification for residential property management. That’s why earning an ARM comes with average base compensation that’s $18,473 more than the average property manager.

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Your simple checklist to becoming an ARM

The ARM Checklist will show you the path to earning your ARM, and serve as a handy guide that’ll keep you on track along the way.

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1IREM Profile and Compensation Study – ARM Edition 2019
2 U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

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