One of the mandates of Strata Property Agents of British Columbia (SPABC) is helping members improve skills. As a result, professional development opportunities are arranged all year. We also share industry research with strata management brokerage members and their teams.
“One of the goals of SPABC is to keep our members current on the latest developments in this exciting sector, from industry updates to legislative changes,” says association president Andrew Seaton of REMAX/dWell.
How do We Support Learning?
SPABC’s professional development initiatives include regular member meetings with experts. Those experts provide deep insight into industry issues and changes in regulations. Members can also submit ideas for future speaker topics and panels.
Members benefit from SPABC’s membership in the Professional Association of Managing Agents (PAMA). PAMA is a non-profit organization promoting professional and ethical residential property management. SPABC members planning to advance their knowledge of the industry can take advantage of numerous professional development opportunities through PAMA. There are several seminars and webinars available on key topics in residential property management.
Langara College also offers a number of courses in property management. The program includes residential and commercial courses as well as Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, Capital Improvement Planning and more.
There are several great career opportunities in strata management. You may come in as a junior agent and as you learn, you progress.
Strata Property Manager: Job Description
A strata property manager typically manages a portfolio of buildings (residential, commercial or mixed use) and acts as the liaison with strata councils who have contracted the services of a property management company. The role involves scheduling, preparing, attending strata council meetings, recording meeting minutes and attending annual general meetings and special general meetings.
Strata property managers work with strata councils to prepare annual budgets, and analyze forecasts and expenses, including the contingency fund. They work with strata councils and owners to advise them on issues and how these are dealt with via the Strata Property Act. They also provide general supervision and deal with maintenance and trades people to ensure the buildings are well maintained in a timely manner.
Property Management – Residential
Topics include: property types, licensing and trust accounts, the Residential Tenancy Act, the Strata Property Act, management agreements, budgets and controls, maintenance and security planning, insurance, and employee relations. This course appeals to property managers, building managers, and apartment building owners.
Property Management – Commercial
Topics include property types, law, management agreements, marketing, leases, maintenance and security, budgets and controls, insurance, assessment and taxation, personnel management, and tenant relations. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking skills to solve management and marketing challenges.
Advanced Strata Management
This applied course is designed for working strata managers. You will develop hands-on knowledge and skills for problem solving. You will also acquire a deeper understanding of how to handle everyday challenges pertaining to statutory compliance, annual general meetings, council meetings, mixed-use stratas, budget preparation, financial reserves, building maintenance, insurance claims, and time management. Prerequisite: A current strata management license.