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As an experienced residential real estate manager, you should be recognized for excellence and given a platform to seize new opportunities. Earning the ARM will do just that. Those who hold the ARM certification find that the investment has elevated their career, personal growth, and respect within the industry.

Why CPM?

    • Demonstrate excellence. Earning the ARM certification shows the industry that you value education, and are reliable, knowledgeable, and an ethical practitioner.

    • Be more effective. Develop your skills through access to IREM education and tools and become more successful in your job.

    • Create opportunities. Assure employers that you possess the specialized skills they seek in residential managers.

  • Reach your goals. Advance in your real estate management career regardless of your current level.
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For more information about the benefits of ARM membership, visit the Member Benefits page.

Create your own opportunities.  Earn the ARM certification.


Continue towards the completion of the ARM. Refer to the checklist below or download and print a copy:

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Have 1 year (12 months) of qualifying residential real estate management experience as defined by IREM (meeting portfolio and functions minimums)

Education - choose one of five options:

Option 1


Course schedules

If you plan to take RES201 in the classroom, consider the ARM Track to meet the ARM education, ethics, and examination requirements.

Option 2

Complete four courses:

If you took IREM courses prior to 2005, find out which of these courses earn credit by reviewing the ARM Course Equivalency Chart  

Option 3

Hold a CPM, CAM, CRM, or RAM designation

Option 4

Have an undergraduate or graduate degree with a major, minor, or concentration in real estate or property management, or an associate's degree in a non-commercial property or real estate management program.

Option 5

Complete: Course schedules


  • Complete IREM ethics education in 1 of 4 ways:
    1. Complete ETH800
    2. Complete ETH001
    3. Complete RES201 prior to May 1, 2014
    4. Complete CID201 prior to May 1, 2014


  • Submit an ARM application with the non-refundable application fee, which is $80.
  • Submit three Confidential Letters of Recommendation (included in ARM application).
  • Be interviewed and recommended for approval by your IREM Chapter.

Vendors, suppliers and service providers to the real estate management industry are not eligible for ARM membership. We welcome you to learn more about advertising and sponsorship opportunities.

If you are from the United States, continue below.
If you are from Canada, contact the Real Estate Institute of Canada
If you are from any other country, check out the Non-U.S. Firm ARM Application.

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