Real Property Administrator (RPA) Designation

BOMA Boston partners with BOMI International to offer the Real Property Administrator (RPA) Designation, which positions property managers for success by providing insight into and knowledge of operating a commercial building.

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Why the RPA®?
The RPA® Designation program positions property managers for success by providing insight into and knowledge of operating a commercial building. You’ll gain a full understanding of the diverse aspects of property management involved in analyzing a building in its entirety. The RPA® program will teach 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.

What Will I Learn? 
In the RPA® program, you’ll learn how to enhance the value of the asset through proper and strategic decision making. Components of this program include design, operation, and maintenance of an office building. You will become fully versed in budgeting and accounting for commercial real estate, risk management, and best practices in bidding. This program also covers reviewing and selecting contract providers, marketing and leasing the building, and operating the asset from an owner’s perspective through a comprehensive asset management component. 

Who Should Enroll? 
Assistant property managers, property managers, and those who manage real estate assets. 

RPA Required Courses:
(courses can be taken in any order)

  • Budgeting and Accounting 
  • Environmental Health and Safety Issues
  • Ethics Is Good Business® ShortCourse™*
  • Law and Risk Management
  • Real Estate Investment and Finance
  • The Design, Operation, and Maintenance of Building Systems, Part I
  • The Design, Operation, and Maintenance of Building Systems, Part II

RPA Elective Courses (choose one):

  • Asset Management
  • Leasing and Marketing for Property Managers
  • Managing the Organization

Course Fees:
BOMA Members: $1,250 per course
Non-Members: $1,400 per course

Ethics is Good Business - Short Course
BOMA Members: $450
Non-Members: $550

Additional Fees:
Hard Copy Textbook: $65
RPA/FMA Designation Enrollment Fee: $225
Single-Course Fee: $100
*other fees may apply

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. 

The RPA Capstone Exam is not a cumulative final exam, but a 100-question multiple choice test reflective of your three years of industry experience. The 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

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RPA Capstone Exam Sample Questions

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 Experience Form, which may be submitted at any time following enrollment. 


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