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Select a link to learn about our current Education offerings:

For information about classes offered in the past, visit our education archive page.

Cancellation policy
If you register for an SFAA class and need to cancel you must provide at least 72 hours' notice in order to receive a full refund.

Mold Certification Class

Mold can create maintenance concerns for your rental property and health issues for your tenants.

This class is recommended for rental owners, property managers, and maintenance employees. It covers health effects that mold may have on your renters or employees; indoor conditions which can lead to the growth of mold and routine maintenance tasks that prevent the growth of mold.

This course counts toward two Continuing Education credits.

This class is for both current certificate holders seeking renewal and those wanting to become new certificate holders.

You must renew your Mold Certification annually. If you received Mold Certification in 2014 you must renew your certificate this year and every year moving forward to keep it valid.

Course Instructor: Benchmark Environmental

Details: Tuesday, April 7, 8:00 a.m. - Noon
Fort Mason, Building C, Room 210, in San Francisco

Fee: $75 for SFAA members; $100 for non-members

No refunds or credits will be given to registrants who cancel less than three business days before the class.

Register today by contacting Stephanie Alonzo at 415.255.2288 x13 or stephanie@sfaa.org.

Credit Reporting Class

Need a credit report for your prospective tenant?  What kind of credit report should you run? With today’s complicated application and credit screening regulations, you can’t afford to be confused.  Avoid unnecessary expense & loss of rental income. Come and learn from Kathy Parsons from Credit Bureau Associates on how to properly run a credit screening.

In this class we will cover:

  • Learn how to read your credit report
  • Learn the key factors that influence your risk score
  • Learn how to communicate with creditors
  • Negotiate settlements and resolution of disputes and outstanding balances
  • Learn how to dispute items that appear on your credit report with the national credit bureaus
  • Prepare an action plan to meet your goals and prevent negative credit in the future

Details: This class is being offered twice this Spring:

Fee: $55 for SFAA members; $75 for non-members

No refunds or credits will be given to registrants who cancel less than three business days before the class.

Register today by contacting Stephanie Alonzo at 415.255.2288 x13 or stephanie@sfaa.org.

Landlord 101 Class

SFAA's popular two-part Landlord 101 class provides property owners and managers with the latest best practices around beginning and ending tenancy. Landlord 101 is taught by SF's top Real Estate attorneys Dave Wasserman of Wasserman-Stern and Curtis Dowling of Dowling-Marquez, LLP.

This class counts toward CCRM continued education:

  • Part I - Beginning the tenancy
    Tenant selection. Application process. Signing the Lease. Security deposits. Move-in inspection. Rent Collection. Enforcement of terms. Notices. Annual rent increases. Interest payments on security deposits. Tenant Relations.

  • Part II - Ending the Tenancy
    Notices to vacate. Initial Inspections. Move-out inspections. Security deposit return. Deductions. Wear and tear. Personal property abandonment. Unit damage. Eviction rules and process. Rent Control overview.
Details: Tuesday, April 28, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Fort Mason Building C, room 362

Fee: $55 for SFAA members; $75 for non-members

Pre-registration required.

No refunds or credits will be given to registrants who cancel less than three business days before the class.

Register today by contacting Stephanie Alonzo at 415.255.2288 x13 or stephanie@sfaa.org.

CCRM Spring and Summer 2015 Property Management Series

SFAA's 2015 Spring Property Management Series starts Saturday, May 2, and runs through Saturday, May 23, at Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd., Bldg. C, Rooms 205 & 210, San Francisco. Sessions run from 8:00 a.m. - Noon and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

SFAA's 2015 Summer Property Management Series starts Tuesday, July 7, and runs through Tuesday, September 8, at the Jewish Community Cente, 3200 California Street, San Francisco. Sessions begin promptly at 6:00 p.m.

This course will give you the knowledge you need to understand and perform the day to day tasks of property management. Make your resume stand out from others when interviewing.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Preparing the Property and Professional Leasing Skills
  • The Move-In-Process, Rent Collection and Notices
  • Resident Issues and Ending the Tenancy
  • Professional Skills for Supervisors
  • Maintenance Management: Maintaining a Property
  • Liability & Risk Management: Protecting the Investment
  • Budget Development and Implementation
  • Fair Housing: It's the Law
  • Ethics & Property Management

Download the Spring 2015 CCRM registration flyer here.

Fee: $750 for full series for SFAA members; $900 for full series for non-members

Download the Summer 2015 CCRM registration flyer here.

Fee: $750 for full series for SFAA members; $900 for full series for non-members

No refunds or credits will be given to registrants who cancel less than three business days before the class.

ADA Access Claims Class - Preventing, Defending and Resolving Disability Discrimination Claims

What constitutes a “disability”? Is a substance abuser or hoarder entitled to accommodations? What types of accommodations in rules, policies, practices or services are required? Experts in the field will provide advice to assist apartment owners in dealing with disability incrimination claims.

Sue Sheftel, an investigator with the Enforcement Branch of the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will discuss the filing and handling of disability discrimination complaints.

Kim Blackseth, a Certified Access Specialist who has been advising governmental agencies and private property owners for over 23 years regarding compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), will discuss what an apartment owner needs to do in order to comply with the provisions of the ADA.

Laura S. Flynn, a shareholder with the San Francisco law offices of Low, Ball & Lynch, will discuss defending and resolving disability discrimination actions filed pursuant to the federal Fair Housing Act and the California ADA, Unruh and Fair Employment and Housing Act. This presentation should answer any questions an apartment owner may have regarding disability discrimination claims.

Details: Wednesday, May 6, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Fort Mason, Building C, room 205, in San Francisco

Fee: $55 for SFAA members; $75 for non-members

No refunds or credits will be given to registrants who cancel less than three business days before the class.

Register today by contacting Stephanie Alonzo at 415.255.2288 x13 or stephanie@sfaa.org.

Compliance with EPA’s Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency has revised its Lead-Based Paint Renovation and Repair Regulations and now requires property owners and management companies to implement lead-safe work practices and certification training for paid contractors and maintenance professionals working in pre-1978 housing.

For information about who should take this class and who needs to be certified, please visit the EPA website here.

The course is a one-day (eight-hour) class that explains how to comply with EPA’s Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule. Subjects that will be covered include:

  • health effects,
  • regulations,
  • lead-safe work practices,
  • containment,
  • cleaning, and record keeping.

Details: Thursday, May 7, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fort Mason, Building C, room 210, in San Francisco

Fee: $295 for SFAA members; $395 for non-members

No refunds or credits will be given to registrants who cancel less than three business days before the class.

Register today by contacting Stephanie Alonzo at 415.255.2288 x13 or stephanie@sfaa.org.

Solar Water Heating—Major Rebate Increase

What is the financial return on your utility bill?

Solar water heating generates significant savings for you by reducing your water heating costs, and also increases your property’s value. 

Recently, Governor Jerry Brown has authorized a huge increase in the California Solar Initiative’s Solar Water Heating Rebate! This means that the rebate, which comes in the form of a check shortly after the project is complete, is making it even more appealing to go solar. The new rebate, that is so valuable, must be taken advantage of now because the state has a limited amount of funding available for these types of projects.

An Occidental Power solar water heating system is also an opportunity to secure highly valuable Federal Solar Tax Credits, which are set to expire at the end of 2016.

The class will give you a thorough introduction to the technology, the costs, benefits, and the incentives that make solar a compelling investment.

The class will be given by a team from Occidental Power: Greg Kennedy and Shane Ossa. Occidental Power has been in business since 1989, and has installed hundreds of systems in San Francisco and the Bay Area over the years.

Details: Tuesday, May 12, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Fort Mason, Building C, Room 260

Fee: $55 for SFAA members; $75 for non-members

No refunds or credits will be given to registrants who cancel less than three business days before the class.

Class fees will be refunded by Oxypower if you decide to buy a solar thermal system with them.

For questions, contact Stephanie Alonzo at 415-255-2288 ext 13 or stephanie@sfaa.org.

Lost at sea in the estate world? Come learn how to navigate epic estate battles before they start

“In most cases, the conflict is not about who inherits the dining room table. It’s about the issues under the table that are just now seeing the light of day.”

Attorney & Mediator John O’Grady will discuss the latest approaches to the age old estate planning questions raised in film clips from familiar movies such as “A Thousand Acres,” "Mommy Dearest", and "Zorba the Greek." These film clips tap into the limitless depths of the human psyche. This presentation is specifically designed for property owners.

During this lively and enlightening session, John will address these essential questions:

  • How can I protect my property rights and plan for my care and long term financial security without giving up control of my affairs?
  • How can I best provide for my loved ones and my favorite causes?
  • How will I communicate and document my intentions to prevent misunderstandings?
  • How can I save tax dollars, professional fees, court costs?

Participants Learn:

  • Estate planning basics
  • Strategies for diffusing thorny conflicts
  • Time-tested and proven skills for deep listening
  • Ways to give everyone in the family equal voice to be heard
  • Intervention strategies to keep conversations moving forward
  • Self-care essentials in estate planning to stay strong under fire

John O'Grady guides people to navigate family conflicts about aging, death, taxes, inheritance, and property rights while addressing the underlying conflicts, salvaging important relationships, and staying connected and in conversation for a lifetime. This end result is priceless. He served as Chair of The Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Section of The Bar Association of San Francisco for 2012.

Details: Thursday, May 14, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Fort Mason, Building C, room 205, in San Francisco

Fee: $55 for SFAA members; $75 for non-members

No refunds or credits will be given to registrants who cancel less than three business days before the class.

Register today by contacting Stephanie Alonzo at 415.255.2288 x13 or stephanie@sfaa.org.

Leasing Bootcamp

WE WANT YOU!!!! Are you armed to sell in todayís tough economic times? Does the cheapest rent really win every time?

Come and learn new skills or fine-tune your existing techniques, and tailor your presentation to fit YOU! Convert more, close more and gain the confidence you need to be a sales superstar!

In this class you will learn what your responsibilities are as a leasing professional, how to prepare a property for market, how to choose comparable properties, complete a market survey and how to calculate revenue formulas to set market rents. Additionally, you will learn the do’s and don’ts of Fair Housing as it relates to leasing, how to advertise and market a property for market.  Leasing is selling and you will learn the basic techniques telephone and email etiquette, how to give a tour with safety tips, how to provide value added selling, resolve objections and closing techniques.  Once you have closed the deal, we will discuss how to process applications, credit checks, collect deposits and other fees.

This class will be taught by Michelle Horneff-Cohen of Property Management Systems.

Details: Wednesday, June 3, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Fort Mason, Building C, room TBD, in San Francisco

Fee: $100 for SFAA members; $150 for non-members

No refunds or credits will be given to registrants who cancel less than three business days before the class.

Register today by contacting Stephanie Alonzo at 415.255.2288 x13 or stephanie@sfaa.org.

Passthroughs Class

Rent Board mysteries revealed. The Rent Ordinance contains many options for increasing tenants' rent and recouping expenses that most landlords don’t take advantage of. Come and learn what some of the little-used increases are and how to apply for them as well as learn about other Rent Board rules that often confound even the savviest landlords.

Topics include options for completing a passthrough, including:

  • Bond Passthroughs (water and general)
  • Utility Petition (PG&E)
  • Capital Improvement Petitions
  • O&M Petitions
  • Other options: Comparables petition, 1.21, etc

Passthroughs is taught by Michelle Horneff-Cohen of Property Management Systems.

Details: Wednesday, June 10, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Where: Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, Building C, Room 260

Fee: $55 for SFAA members; $75 for non-members

No refunds or credits will be given to registrants who cancel less than three business days before the class.

Register today by contacting Stephanie Alonzo at 415.255.2288 x13 or stephanie@sfaa.org.

Four-Hour Lead Safe Renovator Refresher Class

If you’ve already completed the 8-hour Lead Safe Renovator – Initial, you are eligible for this 4-hour refresher training. The EPA requires Certified Renovators take this refresher training course every five years to maintain compliance with the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule.

This refresher training course was developed by the EPA, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), to train renovation, repair, and painting contractors how to work safely in housing with lead-based paint and comply with EPA's RRP Rule, and HUD's Lead Safe Housing Rule.

  • 4 Hours of Interactive Refresher Training
  • Hands-on Classroom Experience
  • Lead Renovator Certification Renewal

Details: Tuesday, June 16, 8:00 a.m. - Noon

Where: Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, Building C, Room 210

Fee: $75 for SFAA members; $150 for non-members

No refunds or credits will be given to registrants who cancel less than three business days before the class.

Register today by contacting Stephanie Alonzo at 415.255.2288 x13 or stephanie@sfaa.org.