Credential Courses & Information


Credentials of the National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI) are the premier offerings for multifamily housing professionals. These valuable courses increase your knowledge, demonstrate your commitment to the industry and display the importance of developing your career. All Credential programs are a recognized and respected mark of excellence throughout the industry.

AAGD has proudly offered Credential courses for over 30 years. We currently offers our members the NALP, CAM, CAS, CAPS and CAMT twice per year.

Upcoming Credential Programs at AAGD:

JUL 27 : (IROP) Independent Rental Owner Professional (2-day program)

SEP 12: (CAPS) Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor (4-day program)

SEP 19: (CAMT) Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician (4-day program)

OCT 09: (CAM) Certified Apartment Manager (6-day program)

OCT 09: (CAS) Certified Apartment Supplier (4-day program)

OCT 11: (NALP) National Apartment Leasing Professional (4-day program)



Great News! You can now earn your CAM and NALP credentials online! It is simple and you can take the classes anywhere and anytime you have internet access. The online option is the same vital and interesting course content it is just on demand at your convenience. It is easy to get started just visit the NAA website link below and you can register and pay online.

NAA Education Website

An NAA login and password will be required to access the registration portion. Make sure you put AAGD down as your affiliate so we will receive your records for our files.

Independent Rental Owner Professional (IROP)

The Independent Rental Owner Professional (IROP) credential program is offered to the rental owner who manages their personally-held multifamily property or properties. The independent rental owner serves several roles in property management, public relations specialist, administrator, chief financial officer, marketing director and operations manager. Independent rental owners who take the IROP course will learn the many business practices of professional property managers and can now earn the IROP designation after completing the course of study and passing the online exam. With the help of other independent rental owners who devoted their time and expertise to this program, you will receive an "insider's view" of property ownership and management practices.

Learn more about the IROP Credential

Learn more about the IROP exam


Specialist in Housing Credit Management (SHCM)

As experienced affordable housing management professionals know, the LIHTC program is the primary production tool for creating new affordable housing properties across every state in the country, and it is also the most important tool for rehabilitating and preserving the nation's existing stock of aging affordable housing. To maximize their careers, management professionals in the affordable housing industry must be able to demonstrate their experience and expertise in mastering the complex requirements of the LIHTC program. Earning your SHCM enables you to do just that. The SHCM® is offered in association with the NAA, the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) and LeadingAge (formerly American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging).  

For the most up-to-date information on obtaining your SHCM®, visit the Specialist in Housing Credit Management® information page on


Credential for Green Property Management (CGPM)

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 Recapitalization (RECAP) – established guidelines, with training offered by OAHP-recognized trainers.

Learn more about the Credential for Green Property Management

CAS Supplier Success

The Supplier Success course is designed to offer an overview of the apartment industry and recommends ways that suppliers can maximize partnerships with apartment owners, apartment management companies and apartment association members.  It was written by successful apartment industry suppliers with years of professional experience. This full-day program is a component of the Certified Apartment Supplier (CAS) credential and can also be offered as a stand-alone course. Supplier Success is offered by local apartment associations in-class and by NAAEI via webinar.

Learn more about Supplier Sucess