How to Become a Certified Apartment Leasing Agent

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Residential property owners and managers prefer tenants who can keep the unit in good condition and pay their rent on time. Apartment leasing agents work to find these tenants, at a fee. The National Apartment Association awards the National Apartment Leasing Professional certification to leasing agents who want to improve their professional skills and enhance their chances of landing a job.

Gain Industry Experience

  • The NAA requires all certification applicants to possess at least six months of experience working in the apartment industry. To gain this experience, secure entry-level jobs such as leasing associate or apartment market agent. Although high school graduates can qualify for these jobs, earning an associate degree in real estate studies improves your employment prospects.

Meet Examination Requirements

  • The next step is to successfully complete the eight courses offered by the NAA. These courses include keys to success in leasing, leasing and the Internet, and rental policies and procedures. Although you can take these courses while working to gain the required experience, you must complete them within a year. The last step is to pass a written NALP exam, which can be taken online or locally at designated centers.

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