Asset Management Specialist Certification

The Asset Management Specialist certification is the first of two training programs offered by CHAM. It is an intermediate-level designation concerning the fundamentals of asset management with an emphasis on overseeing property performance and fulfilling the owner’s goals. Mastering the basics of asset management equips you to manage the information exchange between development, property management and ownership.

What You Will Learn

  • Roles and responsibilities the asset manager plays through the life stages of a property
  • Property performance indicators
  • Basics of an affordable housing deal and importance of setting up deal books for each property
  • Components of property and portfolio asset management plans
  • How to apply real estate financial analysis tools to a property and identify options for improving financial performance


  • Analysts, asset managers, portfolio managers, especially people new to the field
  • Developers
  • Property managers
  • Individuals who supervise or oversee asset managers, such as executive directors, CEOs and CFOs

“The courses I took to earn my CHAM certification were extremely enlightening and interactive, and I was able to use what I learned in my everyday asset management role. What’s more, prospective employers were impressed with the CHAM certification, which has definitely helped propel my career.”

— Alicia Bramble, CEO and Founder of Opportunity Real Estate Services

Learners could work at nonprofits, for-profits, housing agencies, syndicators, investors, lenders, Housing Finance Agencies and government.


It is recommended that learners have a basic understanding of affordable housing and a working knowledge of Excel.

This designation is obtained by successfully completing three courses:

Nuts and Bolts of Asset Management (AM121) | Available Online Now
Learn key asset management concepts, theories, and responsibilities, and how they apply to real multifamily properties and portfolios. This course is a great orientation for staff new to asset management, board members, property managers, and executives who oversee asset management.

Asset Management Fundamentals (AM290) | Available Online Now

Become grounded in the strategies of sound asset management through interactive exercises that develop skills and understanding about the practices of asset managers.

Financial Fundamentals of Asset Management (AM291) | Available Online Now
Master the basics of real estate financial analysis critical to the long-term success of multifamily properties and portfolios. 

To earn the Asset Management Fundamentals designation, candidates need to pass the final exams
for each of the three courses. You will have 12 months to successfully complete all three courses.

Enrollment Info for AMS Classes

    Affordable and On-Demand

    • Single Class - $399

    • Asset Management Specialist Certification (all three classes) - $1,099

    • Group discounts available for 10 or more learners

    If this is your first online CHAM course, enrollment is a two-part process:

    1. Enroll as a Basic Member of CHAM. It is free and gives you access to an exclusive catalog of free online classes from HAI Group. 
    2. Set up your HAI Group account. You will automatically be directed to sign up for an HAI Group account and create your profile. You will need your 8-digit CHAM membership number to complete the process. For security reasons, it will take one business day to activate your account. Upon your next log in, you will be directed to the CHAM Member Portal where you will be able to register for the CHAM Asset Management Specialist Certification, and have access to the free courses.

    *Please note, you do not need to be a member of CHAM to enroll. You may skip that step and sign up directly with HAI Group without a membership number. However, CHAM membership is required to access the free online courses.

    Step 1: CHAM Membership

    Step 2: HAI Group Account Set Up

    If you already have an HAI Group account, sign in to the HAI Group online training portal. You will be directed to the CHAM page where you can enroll for additional classes. 

    If you took one of the AMS courses with NeighborWorks (in person at an NTI or online) or through LISC, you will want to get credit for having completed the prerequisite courses toward your AMS. If you do not have an HAI Group account, follow steps 1 and 2  above.  When you get to the class enrollment page, you will need to hit “request waiver” so a customer care specialist can check your name against the NeighborWorks and LISC lists of people who have taken the class.

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