The National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) and National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI) offer the Credential for Green Property Management™ (CGPM™) to on-site managers, maintenance staff and supervisors of front-line staff based on green building principles and best practices, and HUD Office of Affordable Preservation (OAHP) – established guidelines, with training offered by OAHP-recognized trainers.
The Credential for Green Property Management will provide management companies and owners a mechanism for meeting their initial and ongoing training commitments to OAHP if they have opted for a green Mark-to-Market restructuring.
The Credential for Green Property Management is not restricted to employees of management companies who have opted for OAHP green restructuring. This credential will also benefit on-site managers, maintenance staff and supervisors of front-line staff at other affordable and conventional apartment communities employing Green Operations and Maintenance Practices.
- Credential holders will learn the latest techniques and technologies for making cost-saving green improvements at properties.
- Credential holders will receive:
- Subscription to NAHMA News
- Subscription to NAHMA’s NAHP Update
- Subscription to NAAEI’s Units magazine
- Subscription to NAAEI’s Industry Insider e-newsletter
- Inclusion in NAHMA’s online Credential Directory
- Opportunity to participate in NAAEI events at member rate
- Pin and certificate
What are the Credential for Green Property Management Requirements?
Within six months after the Mark-to-Market (M2M) Green Initiative closing, the property owner must provide evidence to OAHP that an individual in property management (on-site staff, on-site lead maintenance person, or their direct supervisor) has completed a minimum of 16 hours of training in the required topics and from an accepted provider. Each of the following topics must be covered in the training, with a cumulative total of at least 8 hours in these areas:
- Green Building Principles and Practices Overview
- Energy Efficiency
- Water Efficiency
- Integrated Pest Management
- Indoor Air Quality
- Green Operations and Maintenance
Other topics that may be included in the 16-hour requirement include:
- Green Site Landscaping, Xeriscape, Composting, etc.
- Green Building Systems
- Alternative Energy Sources (Solar, Wind, Geothermal, Combined Heat and
- Energy Star (including indoor and outdoor lighting) and WaterSense Programs
- Recycling and Waste Reduction
- Resident Green Education
PLEASE NOTE: Certificate holders will be self-certifying each year and do not need to send in an attendance letter, certificate, event literature or certificate of their continuing education.
Allowable Property Expenses
OAHP will underwrite an estimated cost for this training and credential, and ongoing continuing education as an eligible property expense. Current OAHP underwriting guidelines allow for up to $6,000 in initial training and credential costs, and up to $1,000 per year thereafter for continuing education and training of new or turnover staff. Green property management training is an eligible HUD property expense only to the extent that it is utilized to train and educate an individual directly responsible for management and/or maintenance of the subject property, and directly responsible for implementation of the OAHP Green Operations & Maintenance Plan.
The following credential programs fully satisfy the green property management training requirements of HUD’s Mark-to-Market Green Initiative, and the Recovery Act/Green Retrofit Program:
- National Apartment Association, Credential for Green Property Management (CGPM); www.naahq.org/learn/education/credential-green-property-management
- National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA), Credential for Green Property Management (CGPM); www.nahma.org/education/credential-for-green-property-management/
- U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) LEED AP (any discipline) or LEED Green Associate; www.gbci.org
The following IREM course fully satisfies the core subjects training requirement (not elective subjects) of HUD’s Mark-to-Market Green Initiative and the Recovery Act/Green Retrofit Program, and is recognized by the NAA and NAHMA credential programs above:
Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM®), Sustainable Real Estate Management SRM001; www.irem.org/sechome.cfm?sec=education
Currently Accepted Green Property Management Training
Below providers approved by HUD OAHP
- Barry Weaver Consulting; www.barryweaverconsulting.com
- National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) and its affiliated AHMAs; www.nahma.org
- National Apartment Association (NAA) and its affiliated associations; www.naahq.org
- Associated Builders and Contractors of Delaware; www.abcdelaware.com
- American Institute of Architects (AIA); www.aia.org
- Association for Energy Affordability (AEA); www.aeanyc.org
- Austin Energy Green Building; www.greenbuilding.austinenergy.com
- Build It Green; www.builditgreen.org
- Building Education Center; www.bldgeductr.org
- Building Performance Institute; www.bpi.org
- Clean Edison; www.cleanedison.com
- Community Housing Partners; www.communityhousingpartners.org
- Daylighting Collaborative; www.daylighting.org
- Elias Global Solutions; www.EliasGlobalSolutions.com
- Enterprise Community Partners; www.EnterpriseCommunity.org
- Global Green; www.globalgreen.org
- GPRO (Green Professional Building Skills Training); www.gpro.org
- Green Advantage; www.greenadvantage.org
- Institute for Professional and Executive Development; www.ipedinc.net
- Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM®); www.irem.org
- National Center for Healthy Housing; www.healthyhomestraining.org
- NeighborWorks; www.nw.org
- Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC); www.neec.org
- Porterworks; www.porterworks.com
- Solar One; www.Solar1.org
- Southface; www.southface.org
- Terracon Consultants, Inc.; www.terracon.com
- Urban Green Council; www.urbangreencouncil.org
How to Apply
All applications should be sent to Green Credential, c/o NAHMA, 400 N. Columbus St., Suite 203, Alexandria, VA 22314 or emailed to: Leslie Marie O’Donnell at email@example.com.
Application fee: $175
Annual Renewal fee: $150