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What is Foundations?

  • A soup-to-nuts, 6-module, 30-hour, entry-level course, covering the fundamentals of commercial real estate administration, management, building systems, accounting and reporting, contract management and more.
  • Classroom instruction from seasoned professionals, reinforced by behind-the-scenes tours of outstanding buildings.
  • Live, in-person training with small class sizes to facilitate learning, discussion and team activities.
  • A complete package—instruction, peer networking, property tours and a comprehensive course manual that is easy to read and a valuable resource back on the job.

For all experience levels, Foundations...

  • Reinforces on-the-job training for junior and assistant property managers.
  • Provides “feet on the ground” experience and exposure for administrative assistants and students considering a career in commercial real estate.
  • Offers a great refresher for experienced professionals—fills training gaps and provides important management and operations updates.
  • Supports suppliers and building engineers who benefit from understanding the basics of real estate management.

Leadership Session Descriptions

Session I – Real Estate Administration

  • A Day in the Life of a Real Estate Manager
  • Asset Management and Valuation
  • Tenant Relations and Retention
  • Contracting for Goods and Services
  • Leasing and Marketing
  • Insurance and Risk Management
  • Industrial Properties

Session II – The Well Versed Real Estate Manager

  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Tenant Improvements and Capital Projects
  • Accounting and Reporting
  • Base Rent and Operating Expense Recoveries
  • Due Diligence
  • The Business Plan
  • Safety and Environmental Issues
  • Retail Properties

Session III – Building Operations I

  • Heating, Ventilating, and Cooling the Building
  • Domestic Water
  • Electrical Distribution
  • Work Orders
  • Mixed-Use Properties

Session IV – Building Operations II

  • Fire Alarm and Fire Sprinkler Systems
  • Building Maintenance
  • Elevators and Escalators
  • Roofing Systems
  • Solid Waste Management and Recycling
  • Janitorial Services
  • Medical Office Properties

Session V – Putting It All Together

  • Pest Management
  • Parking
  • Security
  • Landscaping and Snow removal
  • Special Considerations

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