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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.

What to Expect When You Are Expecting (a Seismic Retrofit) Class

1. What Will Happen to My Building?

  • Typical 6 to 12 Unit Apartment Building
  • Large Parking-Restricted Apartment Building
  • Apartment Building with Commercial Space / First Level Unit

2. How Long Must I Endure?

  • Project initialization
  • Financing
  • Design
  • Permitting
  • Bidding
  • Construction
  • Project Close-out
  • Schedule summary

3. What will this cost?

  • Design / Construction Documents
  • Permits
  • Construction & Change Orders
  • Construction Management
  • Property Management
  • Special Inspections
  • Structural Observations
  • Contingency

The class will be taught by W. Charles Perry, M.S., P.E., from W. Charles Perry & Associates.

Details: Thursday, March 26, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Fort Mason Bldg C, room 260

THIS CLASS IS SOLD OUT; THANK YOU!

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

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

Tenant Lawsuits Class

By popular demand, SFAA is offering a class that will help members understand and comply with all the laws on receiving a Tenant Lawsuit.

This class will show how tenant lawsuits are filed against a landlord. Our class is taught by contributing attorneys Steven Williams of Fried & Williams LLP & Harry Barth of BarthCalderon, LLP from San Diego.

Part I. Tenant Lawsuits

  • Wrongful Eviction
  • Breach Of Warranty Of Habitability / Mold
  • Illegal Units
  • Defenses
  • Damages

Part II. Asset Protection Planning

  • Protect Your Property From Creditors, Predators, Liens, and Judgments
  • Choosing Proper Legal Structures For Your Property to Minimize Liability
  • Business vs. Personal Holdings
  • Protecting Your Privacy
  • Purpose Of Estate And Financial Planning In Asset Protection

Details: Wednesday, March 18, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Fort Mason Bldg C, room 205

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

Stay in compliance with our Asbestos Training Course March 30 & 31

Violations of Asbestos regulations carry penalties of up to $25,000 per day, per violation!

This 16-hour mandatory course taken over two days is individually designed to meet the needs of property maintenance staff as they engage in routine facility maintenance that may require incidental disturbance of asbestos containing material. This course meets the requirements for accomplishing Class III and Class IV asbestos-related work. Training is accomplished through lectures, use of audiovisual aids, class discussion and hands-on experience.

If you and/or your maintenance staff are working on properties that may contain
asbestos, this 16-hour course is really not an option...it's necessary!

Details: Monday, March 30, and Tuesday, March 31, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Where: Fort Mason Center in San Francisco,  Building C, 3/30: Room 210, 3/31: Room 230

Fee: $200 for SFAA members; $300 for non-members (Respirator included)

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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 am - 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.