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Real Property Administrator

The RPA® designation program serves the educational needs of both third-party property managers and corporate property managers. By familiarizing you with the many aspects of operating a commercial building, the RPA® designation program helps you integrate these issues into the broader task of property management. You’ll gain the insight and knowledge necessary to analyze a building in its entirety.

The RPA® program teaches you to maximize a building’s net income while minimizing risks, thereby enhancing your standing in the industry and positioning you for long-term success.

The Capstone Experience

The Capstone Experience program reduces the administrative hurdle of completing the complex Experience Form by only requiring employment history verification. To maintain the integrity of BOMI’s programming, the Capstone Experience includes a culminating RPA Capstone Exam once all RPA course requirements are complete. Learners who enrol in the RPA Designation program as of January 1, 2021 will be automatically enroled in the Capstone Experience Program. Those enroled in the RPA prior to January 1, 2021 may choose to switch to the Capstone program or stay with their current program (current programs must be completed by December 31, 2021).

The RPA Capstone Exam includes:

  • Two-hour, 100-question multiple choice exam
  • Proctored exam to be taken at Pearson VUE
  • Questions are application-based, using scenarios that rely on the learners’ three years of experience in commercial property and facility management
  • Optional Online Self-Paced Capstone Exam prep courses are available for the RPA

A Pathway to Earn Your Credential

Within the RPA ® Designation program there are two certificates that students can enrol in on their way to getting a designation: PAC and PMFP. To achieve your RPA ®, you must achieve a grade of 70% or greater on each of the eight courses. Students are encouraged to enrol in a certificate program to start establishing their credentials.

Take a Course PM

Required Courses:


Budgeting & Accounting

Environmental Health Safety

Environmental Health & Safety Issues


Ethics is Good Business®, Short Course

Law and Risk

Law & Risk Management


Real Estate Investment & Finance

Design 1 website

Design, Operation & Maintenance, I

Design 2 website

Design, Operation & Maintenance, II

Elective Courses (choose one)

Asset Management

Asset Management

Leasing and Marketing

Leasing & Marketing

Managing the Organization

Managing the Organization

Experience Requirement

You can begin pursuing your RPA® at any time during your career. Before you are awarded the RPA® Designation, you are required to demonstrate three years of verifiable property management experience. The criteria are outlined in the RPA®  Experience Form. This form may be submitted at any time following enrolment.

Use this form if you will finish your RPA by 12/31/2021.

Use this form if you will finish your RPA after 1/1/2022.

Prior Education

For those who have prior education in an area that overlaps with the RPA, you may be eligible to receive credit for one or more courses. To review the requirements please refer to the Administrative Competency Chart in the RPA Competency Credits form below, which outlines what is eligible and how you go about applying to get credit for a course.