Credential for Green Property Management (CGPM)

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Register for the Credential for Green Property Management

The NAA Education Institute (NAAEI) and the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) offer the Credential for Green Property Management (CGPM) to onsite managers, maintenance staff and supervisors of frontline staff based on green building principles and best practices, and HUD Office of Affordable Preservation (OAHP) – established guidelines, with training offered by OAHP-recognized trainers.

The Credential for Green Property Management will provide management companies and owners a mechanism for meeting their initial and ongoing training commitments to OAHP if they have opted for a green Mark-to-Market restructuring.

The Credential for Green Property Management is not restricted to employees of management companies who have opted for OAHP green restructuring. This credential will also benefit onsite managers, maintenance staff and supervisors of front-line staff at other affordable and conventional apartment communities employing Green Operations and Maintenance Practices.

Credential holders will learn the latest techniques and technologies for making cost-saving green improvements at properties. 

What are the Credential for Green Property Management Requirements?

The HUD Office of Affordable Preservation (OAHP) requires that projects going through the Green Initiative, which will receive the full benefits of a green restructure (including a maximum 50% increase in the Incentive Performance Fee, and a reduction in required owner contribution to as little as 3% of green rehabilitation costs), must have onsite managers, maintenance staff and supervisors of frontline staff certified in green building principles and practices. This requirement can be met by completing a total of 16 hours of training in a variety of green building topics.

Initial Requirements

Within six months after the Mark-to-Market (M2M) Green Initiative closing, the property owner must provide evidence to OAHP that an individual in property management (onsite staff, onsite lead maintenance person, or their direct supervisor) has completed a minimum of 16 hours of training in the required topics and from an accepted provider. Each of the following topics must be covered in the training, with a cumulative total of at least 8 hours in these areas:

  • Green Building Principles and Practices Overview
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Water Efficiency
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Green Operations and Maintenance

Other topics that may be included in the 16-hour requirement include:

  • Green Site Landscaping, Xeriscape, Composting, etc.
  • Green Building Systems
  • Alternative Energy Sources (Solar, Wind, Geothermal, Combined Heat and Power, Co-generation)
  • Energy Star (including indoor and outdoor lighting) and WaterSense Programs
  • Recycling and Waste Reduction
  • Resident Green Education

Ongoing Requirements

In addition, a minimum total of four hours per year of continuing education in any of the above 12 topics is required to renew the Credential for Green Property Management.

Initial Accepted Green Property Management Training Providers (and their Websites)

How to Apply

Download the CGPM application. All applications should be sent to Green Credential, c/o NAHMA, 400 N. Columbus St., Suite 203, Alexandria VA 22314.

For more details on the credential program, please contact Brenda Moser at 703-683-8630. 

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