Step 1: Learn


The ARM® is designed specifically for those who are in their early career stage managing residential properties. Demonstrate that you’ve mastered core competencies in resident relations, leasing, maintenance, risk management and budgeting.

Before you start your courses (outlined below), review the program highlights and all four steps of the ARM process in detail.

Details for international practitioners seeking the ARM

Program highlights:

  • Take the ARM Track courses covering ethics and core competencies for managing residential properties
  • Pass the ARM Certification Exam (included in the ARM Track)
  • Verify 12 months of qualifying real estate management experience
  • Submit an ARM application
  • Graduate after approval by IREM
  • The total cost to earn the ARM is approximately $1,360 (Estimate based on non-member certification course pricing.)

Download the ARM Checklist to track your progress


ARM certification courses

Do you know about ARM Fast Track?

You can waive one of the ARM certification courses by having a college degree in property management or real estate, or select professional certifications. Contact us to see if you qualify.

See if you qualify

To earn the ARM, real estate managers must take two required certification courses.

Registering is easy – just use the ARM Track (ARMTRK). It combines the coursework on the fundamentals of residential property management – like budgeting, cash flow, leasing, and resident retention – with ethics training and the ARM Certification Exam.*

Attention condo and HOA managers: You can take custom ARM Track courses designed specifically for condo or HOA managers. See the ARM Checklist to learn more.

*The ARM Track is one path to ARM certification, but it’s not the only path. Use the ARM Checklist to learn about other approved course combinations.

Considering the CPM®?

Learn more about a 5-course ARM option that earns you dual credit towards your IREM CPM (Certified Property Manager) by downloading the ARM checklist.


Practice your craft

Active residential managers benefit because their real-world experience and ARM coursework build on each other. That’s why those seeking the ARM must have at least 12 months of qualifying real estate management experience before applying for the certification.

Before moving to Step 2

  • Complete the ARM Track courses

Proceed to Step 2: Test

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