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.
Several key courses include:
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.