The Apartment Association of Kansas City is the National Affiliate here in Kansas City. We work along with the NAAEI to promote and train our team members.
Since its inception, NAAEI’s message has been to encourage the apartment industry’s adoption of best practices, and the highest professional standards. They have continually updated the body of knowledge for the industry while credentialing over 25,000 qualified leasing consultants, maintenance technicians, community managers, portfolio supervisors, supplier partners and independent rental property owners.
Companies that encourage participation in these programs immediately benefit when employees apply what they learn to their jobs – with a rapid positive impact on net operating income and employee engagement.
AAKC encourages all team members of apartment communities and our supplier members to achieve real professional growth. These programs increase knowledge, skills and leadership competence, preparing team members for promotion, and improving your company’s bottom line.
National Apartment Leasing Professional (NALP)
Earning NALP, your first industry credential, signals to your employer your commitment to a career in residential property management.
Certified Apartment Manager (CAM)
Earning your CAM allows you to demonstrate your skills, knowledge, ability to manage an apartment community and achieve owners investment goals.
Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor (CAPS)
Earning your CAPS takes you to the next level in property management. It fast-tracks your career advancement and your corresponding earning potential.
Certificate for Apartment Maintenance Technicians (CAMT)
Earning your CAMT validates your knowledge, enhances your reputation and credibility, boosts your confidence, and earns you respect.
Certified Apartment Supplier (CAS)
Earning CAS allows you to network with your peers from other companies. You will learn about the benefits and activities your local apartment association offers, and engage in apartment association meetings/events. The course is an opportunity for suppliers to hear the everyday challenges faced by apartment-manager customers.
Once you complete the course, take the test and meet all the requirements for your designation, you will receive a certificate and pin from the National Apartment Association. Your designation is a national certification. If you are to move to other states, your designation will go with you. AAKC will transfer your information to the NAA affiliate where you are moving. You do have to keep up with your CEC’s each year to keep your designation current. If your dues have lapsed, your designation will not continue.
Leadership Education and Development (LEAD)
The LEAD Designation is an honorary distinction certified by the Apartment
Association of Kansas City. LEAD provides a complete development
curriculum for current and aspiring property managers, leasing and
maintenance professionals and supplier partners. LEAD is designed to
recognize the development efforts of property management professionals upon
completion of a specific track.
Whether you are a current or future NAA designate, the LEAD Program
provides a pathway to your success. By attending seminars, achieving a
designation and volunteering with the AAKC, you will obtain a honorary
distinction in your particular area of expertise recognized by industry leaders.
AAKC is offering the LEAD Manager, LEAD Leasing Professional, LEAD
Maintenance Professional and LEAD Supplier Partner. Each designation
requires completion of all requirements set by the AAKC Education
Committee to receive this distinction. This program can be achieved in one
year with a maximum 2 year completion requirement. The AAKC Education committee has put together a calendar of seminars for you to complete your LEAD. You must have completed one of the NAA certification programs such as NALP, CAM, CAMT, CAPS or CAS in order to receive your LEAD.
To enroll in LEAD, download the LEAD application HERE and send to Debbie at
firstname.lastname@example.org. When we receive your LEAD application, we will mail
you the new LEAD card for you to keep track of your requirements.
Each year you must complete education credits to keep your designation current:
NALP 3 CECS
CAM 6 CECS
CAMT 3 CECS
CAPS 6 CECS
CAS 3 CECS
AAKC offers education training classes for these students to keep up their designations. Each year NAA will send each designate a renewal letter, invoice for yearly dues and form to complete for education credits. AAKC seminars are worth 1 point per hour.
Any questions you might have on your designation requirements, please call Debbie at the AAKC Office at 913.248.0355.
In 2010, Lenora Carpenter, Christine Lee and Debbie Haukenberry started the AAKC Lyceum Class. AAKC is building a group of leaders to take on the future roles of board members and work alongside other individuals who are interested in becoming those future leaders. To date, AAKC has over 50 Lyceum graduates. In September of 2018, AAKC will be holding another Lyceum class for 12 future leaders. Applications for this class will be taken in June and July.
The Lyceum class consists of attending three classes, one class per month (September 21st, October 23rd and November 27th, 2018) and completing an assigned community project of their choice. This class is a great way to meet people in the apartment industry, share experiences, and learn more about the apartment industry.
NAAEI offers several online courses on their website. Visit www.gowithvisto.org for more information on how you can earn your designations online and attend excellent webinars about the apartment industry.
Each year the AAKC Golf Committee donates a portion of its golf proceeds to further educate individuals who want to go to the next level in their career. The scholarships are awarded to individuals that do not receive funding from their companies for educational training. Books, classes and all fees are paid for through this scholarship program.
AAKC awarded the following scholarships as of September 1st, 2018:
Certified Apartment Manager
Certified Apartment Supplier
Certificate for Maintenance Technician
National Apartment Leasing Professional
If your company does not pay for your education, please download THIS FORM and email, once completed, to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please Note – all scholarships have been awarded for the 2018 certification year. Scholarships will become available beginning Spring 2019.