A property manager needs:
- highly developed organisational skills
- good communication and interpersonal skills
- to pay attention to detail
- a sense of honesty and integrity
- to maintain a neat and tidy appearance
Property managers generally have a central office, but may spend a large part of their day visiting properties to conduct inspections and viewings. They generally look after numerous properties, and so can be very busy, requiring a well developed organisational system to manage appointments and property specific records. They often work regular hours, however some weekend and evening work may be required to show properties or deal with emergencies. Property managers have a high level of contact with people, including property owners, tenants, tradespeople, council representatives and real estate agents.
On average, property managers can expect to earn between $1 250 and $1 499 per week ($65 000 and $77 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As a property developer develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.
Property managers often use computers, diaries and mobile phones to manage their workload and keep track of appointments. When producing property reports, or advertising new properties for lease, they will often use digital cameras to photograph the condition of the property, noting any pre-existing damage. Paperwork also plays an important role in a property manager's work, including legally binding lease agreements, property reports and financial transaction records. Most property managers use a car to travel between properties.
To become a property manager you usually need to complete an accredited short course in property management or property managers registration.
Short courses in Property Management Registration and Property Managers Registration are offered at TAFE Colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia.
You can also complete a traineeship. The property manager traineeship usually takes 24 months to complete.
To work as a property manager in Western Australia, you must register with the Department of Commerce as a real estate and business sales representative. To register, you must be over 18 years of age and provide proof of completion of a property management registration course. You will also need to obtain a National Police Clearance. Contact the Department of Commerce for more information.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.
If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.
If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.
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If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.