NAAEI Opens New Path for Lapsed Students Through CAMnesty Program

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 4, 2013 — Everyone deserves a second chance, and the NAA Education Institute (NAAEI) is offering one to those people in the apartment industry who started but did not complete their Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) designation within the past seven years.

NAAEI recently launched its CAMnesty program, which is expected to run through March 2014. Under the program, people who have previously completed all of the requirements for the CAM designation but the community analysis or course exam can pay a fee, complete a new course module and take the exam to earn their professional designation. The fee varies based on when individuals started the CAM course. If they started more than two years ago, they would pay $250 to participate in the program. If more than two years have passed, the fee would be $350.

“The CAMnesty program gives us a way to help people finish work they have already started and invested time and money in,” said NAAEI President William Wollinger, CAPS, SHCM. “People who hold the CAM designation are better prepared to succeed in our industry. They also help us build awareness about the exciting career opportunities available in property management and in the apartment industry as a whole.” 

Having that professional designation also is important because hiring companies look for it, he said. It demonstrates to others that the person holding the CAM is an apartment industry professional who has made the commitment to continuing their education and to staying current with industry best practices and trends.

CAMnesty is the latest step by NAAEI to update its CAM program to better meet the needs of today’s adult learners. In the spring, NAAEI launched its revised CAM course in which a scenario-based exam replaced a community analysis project. That change – along with others – was based on feedback received from students, CAM faculty and NAAEI affiliates.

Former NAAEI president Jeff Lowry, CAPS, who led the task force charged with revising the CAM program, said he hopes the changes to the course and the newly launched CAMnesty program help raise the level of professionalism in the apartment industry by boosting the number of CAM designates and giving people a sense of pride and ownership in having earned the professional designation. 
“CAMnesty’s return on investment is huge not only for individuals but for the companies that employ them,” Lowry said. “Employers want to hire people who have made a commitment to the industry and who keep up with the latest best practices and changes in the industry.”

Learn more about the CAMnesty program.

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About the National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI)
The National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI) is the education arm of the National Apartment Association. The mission of the NAAEI is to provide broad-based education, training and recruitment programs that attract, nurture and retain high-quality professionals and develop tomorrow’s apartment industry leaders. For more information, please visit Education or ApartmentCareerHQ.org.