Introducing: Penn Foster’s Property Management Career Certificate Program

While PCDI is no longer accepting enrollments in our Property Management Career Diploma Program, we’re excited to introduce you to our partner school, Penn Foster.

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Learn about property management with our online certificate program. Study at home and at your own pace. Whether you're already working in this field or just want to learn more, our classes cover important topics like dealing with tenants, managing finances, understanding real estate law, and minimizing risks.


Open the Door to a New Career in Property Management

Learn about property management with our online certificate program. Study at home and at your own pace. Whether you're already working in this field or just want to learn more, our classes cover important topics like dealing with tenants, managing finances, understanding real estate law, and minimizing risks.

Why Penn Foster?

Penn Foster has been on a mission to help people like you obtain skills and achieve their career goals for more than 130 years. We provide students with a quality education that fits their busy lifestyle and budget, offering over 100 self-paced, career-relevant programs across our College, Career School, and High School. Every course is designed to work with your schedule, anytime, anywhere you want to study. With a focus on relevant skills and career prep for the job you’re after, Penn Foster can help you graduate with confidence and help provide a guide towards your career goals.

What You'll Learn in Penn Foster’s Online Property Management Career Certificate Program

  • How to establish and maintain successful relationships with tenants through communication and understanding of tenant needs.
  • How to recognize effective management strategies for commercial, multifamily, and single-family rentals, including how to advertise, evaluate credit reports, and schedule turnovers to minimize downtime between tenants.
  • How to determine if a property needs a risk-management audit and how to shift risk liability to a third-party using insurance and other methods.
  • How to understand and comply with fair-housing laws and regulations.

Penn Foster’s Online Property Management Career Certificate Program

In your online property management courses, you'll build fundamental knowledge and skills relevant to business and managing property. While the certificate alone doesn't qualify you for a job as a property manager, your classes can help prepare you to strengthen your resume and improve your professional reputation if you work in the field already. Your online property management courses include:

  • Managing Building Maintenance and Tenant Relations
  • Financial Accounting and Property Valuation
  • Real Estate Law
  • Risk Management and Fair Housing
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Learn More About the Penn Foster Experience

At Penn Foster, we think online learning can make a big difference in people's lives, and it should be available to everyone. That's why we've made our programs affordable and tailored to fit your needs. You can learn and improve your skills for the job you want, all at your own pace and on your own schedule.

Property Management Career Certificate Program FAQs

What does a property manager do? 

A property manager can work for themselves or contract with a property management company. They are responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of residential and commercial rental properties for the owner. While they often work in an office setting, property managers will also work onsite or travel from property to property during the work day. Common tasks for property managers include showing properties to prospective renters, understanding and explaining the leasing terms of each property, keeping rental records for the properties they oversee, settling disputes or violations with tenants, and oversee the maintenance of properties.

What is the average salary of a property manager? 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, property managers can earn an average yearly salary of $59,230 or $28.47 per hour.* However, how much you can make as a property manager can vary based on experience, education, the state you live in, or the company you work for.

How do I start a career in property management? 

To become a property manager, you generally need to first have a degree in a relevant field like real estate or business management. Real estate and business courses, however, don't necessarily cover all the elements that are essential to managing a property, so students interested in pursuing this career often supplement their education and experience with a certificate program in property management. Earning a certificate alone doesn't qualify students for property management jobs, so it's important to have a background in real estate or business. Further, most states have regulations regarding who can become property managers and require licensing or certification to work in the field.

What are the top qualities of a good residential property manager? 

A good property manager is detail-oriented and organized, with strong leadership and communication skills. As they are often responsible for managing their own day-to-day tasks, they should have excellent time management skills as well. Property managers should also understand fair housing laws, property valuation, and real estate law, all of which you can build in our Property Management Certificate Program.


The completion of a certificate-level program does not typically qualify a student for employment. Completion of this program may assist students who have previous academic or work-related experience improve their chances for promotion or entry-level employment.


*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. “Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers." Occupational Outlook Handbook. Accessed October 2, 2023.

Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.

What is Penn Foster?

PCDI is part of the Penn Foster Network. Penn Foster, PCDI’s partner school, has been a leading provider of distance education and online, career-focused training programs for over 130 years. Like PCDI, Penn Foster’s programs are affordable, fully online, and self-paced, allowing you to build skills and prepare for the job you want on your terms.