Frequently Asked Questions


You’ve come to the right place for your ARM questions.

These are questions most prospective ARMs will want to know the answers to.

  • When should I apply for the ARM?

    You should submit your application only after completing the ARM certification courses and passing the ARM Certification Exam. Familiarize yourself with all the ARM certification activities and professional experience requirements before starting your ARM journey.

  • How do I know if my real estate management experience qualifies?

    Prospective ARMs need a total of 12 months of qualifying residential real estate management experience by the time they submit their ARM application. This means performing at least 14 of 29 residential real estate management functions on a real estate portfolio that meets minimum sizes. Your experience does not need to be a sequential 12 months. Learn more >>

  • Which certification courses do I need to take for the ARM?

    The simplest path to ARM certification is the ARM Track (ARMTRK) that includes the two ARM certification courses and ARM Certification Exam. The ARM Track is available in the classroom or online. Download the ARM Checklist to learn more.

  • How long does the complete ARM certification process take?

    The total process from Learning to Graduation takes about 2-3 months.

  • What is the total cost of earning the ARM?

    Approximately $1,360 (Estimate based on non-member certification course pricing.)

  • Once I graduate, are there ongoing costs?

    To maintain the ARM, you will need to pay annual dues.

    Year 1: After application fee is paid, no additional fees or dues are owed in that year.
    Annually: ARM dues
    IREM chapter dues
    Average $200 (varies by chapter)

  • How can I qualify for the ARM Fast Track?

    If you meet either of the criteria below, you are eligible to waive RES201 or CID201.

    If you have a bachelors or graduate degree with major, minor or concentration in real estate or property management, or an associate’s degree in a non -commercial property or real estate management program and take ETH800 or ETH001.


    If you hold a CPM, CAM, CRM or RAM designation, and take ETH800 or ETH001.

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