Professional Designation Programs

BOMA Baltimore partners with BOMI to offer education and professional designations for property managers, facility managers and building engineers.

2019 BOMI Courses
Visit the Calendar of Events to Register

Air Handling, Water Treatment, and Plumbing Systems
Accelerated Format
March 13 - 15, 2019
Location: Harbor East
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Daily

Real Estate Investment & Finance
Accelerated Format
May 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2019
Location: Harbor East
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Daily

Design, Operation & Maintenance of Building Systems, Part 1
Semester Format
August 27 - December 10, 2019
Location: Harbor East
Hours: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Weekly (skipping week of Thanksgiving)


If you are looking for a course that BOMA Baltimore is not offering at this time, please take a look at BOMI's courses offered online.  More information can be found here.

Please see calendar of events for BOMI accelerated courses.

What is BOMI?

The Building Owners and Managers Institute International (BOMI) was founded in 1970 and is known for its industry-standard designations: Real Property Administrator (RPA®), Facilities Management Administrator (FMA®) , Systems Maintenance Administrator (SMA®) and Systems Maintenance Technician (SMT ®). This organization is a separate entity and should not be confused with the Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA). BOMI has educated more than 80,000 people and more than 20,000 individuals hold one or more of the BOMI designations.

Modes of Study

BOMA Baltimore partners with BOMI to offer 15-week classroom courses for RPA® or FMA® twice a year in the Baltimore area. Classes usually begin in September and February, so please check the calendar. In addition, courses may be taken through the following study methods: self-study, accelerated review (condensed to classes of one week or less), self-study online or instructor-led online. Information on these alternate study methods is available via the BOMI International web site.

Earn Your Mark of Distinction

Employers value education and look for educated employees. By increasing your knowledge and skills through a BOMI designation, you will make yourself a top choice in an employer's search for the best and brightest. BOMI International offers four professional designations within the commercial real estate industry — RPA® (the Real Property Administrator), FMA® (the Facilities Management Administrator), SMA® (the Systems Maintenance Administrator), or SMT ®(the Systems Maintenance Technician).

Real Property Administrator (RPA®)

The RPA® designation program serves the educational needs of both third-party property managers and corporate property managers. By familiarizing you with the many aspects of operating a commercial building, the RPA® designation program helps you integrate these issues into the broader task of property management. You'll gain the insight and knowledge necessary to analyze a building in its entirety: building systems design, operation, and maintenance; commercial real estate law; investment and finance; risk management and insurance; leasing and marketing; asset management; environmental health and safety; and more. The RPA® program teaches you to maximize a building’s net income while minimizing risks, thereby enhancing your standing in the industry and positioning you for long-term success.

Course Requirements:

Seven Mandatory Courses

  • Budgeting and Accounting
  • Real Estate Investment and Finance
  • Environmental Health and Safety Issues
  • Law and Risk Management
  • The Design, Operation, and Maintenance of Building Systems Part I
  • The Design, Operation, and Maintenance of Building Systems Part II
  • Ethics is Good Business ShortCourse
One Elective - Select from list below
  • Leasing and Marketing for Property Managers
  • Asset Management
  • Managing the Organization


CPM Experience Qualifies you to take ONLY four courses to earn your RPA. Click here for more information!

RPA® Experience Requirements:
Before being awarded the RPA® designation, candidates must demonstrate three years of verifiable property management experience. This experience must be performed for a portfolio or building 40,000 square feet or larger. Work-related experience must include responsibility in 24 of 35 categories.

Facilities Management Administrator (FMA®)

The FMA® designation program enhances your career by making you a more effective, knowledgeable facilities professional, thus positioning you as a key strategic professional within your organization. This program teaches you to manage facilities in a way that best supports staff and fits into the organization’s overall objectives. You’ll develop valuable skills in strategic planning, project management, corporate finance, capital investment, and physical asset management. You’ll also learn about new facilities technologies, environmental health and worker safety, and other timely issues. Whether you’re a new or experienced facilities manager, or someone in a related profession who will benefit from knowing how to create a quality work environment that maximizes productivity, the FMA® program is right for you.

Course Requirements:

Seven Mandatory Courses

  • Fundamentals of Facilities Management
  • Facilities Planning and Project Management
  • Real Estate Investment and Finance
  • Environmental Health and Safety Issues
  • The Design, Operation, and Maintenance of Building Systems Part I
  • The Design, Operation, and Maintenance of Building Systems Part II
  • Ethics is Good Business ShortCourse
One Elective - Select from list below
  • Asset Management
  • Managing the Organization


Systems Maintenance Administrator (SMA®) & Systems Maintenance Technician (SMT®)

The SMT® and SMA® designation programs help you increase the operating effectiveness of your building and make you more valuable to your organization. Designed to meet the needs of hands-on technicians and building engineers, the SMT and SMA programs offer instruction in technologies and trends in the maintenance field that show you how to manage energy-efficient, environmentally sound, cost-effective building systems. Both SMT and SMA courses detail specific operating systems, while the SMA program includes additional courses covering environmental issues, administration, and building design and maintenance.

Course Requirements:

Five Courses for SMT® Program

  • Refrigeration Systems and Accessories
  • Air Handling, Water Treatment, and Plumbing Systems
  • Electrical Systems and Illumination
  • Boilers, Heating Systems, and Applied Mathematics
  • Energy Management and Controls

Complete Three Additional Courses for the SMA® Program

  • Administration OR Managing the Organization
  • Building Design and Maintenance
  • Environmental Health and Safety Issues


More on Education – Be Sure to Check Out:

BOMI Certificate Programs
BOMI also offers several certificates by completing three of its core classes. This may be a good option for someone who is transitioning into a new career and it also serves as a foundation for completing a designation program in the future. The following certificates are available: Property Administrator Certificate, Property Management Financial Proficiency Certificate, Building Systems Maintenance Certificate, and Facilities Management Certificate.

BOMA International Webinars
If you are looking for inexpensive ways to gain valuable education, you may want to consider one of the many webinars offered by BOMA International. A different topic is featured each month and the BOMA member fee to participate is $125 per site, so you can train several employees at the same web connection for one low fee. Visit here for a complete schedule of upcoming webinars and registration information.


Apr 14

Reverse Trade Show to Benefit BOMA PAC Maryland

April 14, 2020
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Martin's Valley Mansion

Sep 2

Foundations of Real Estate Management - 2020

September 02, 2020
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

250 W Pratt Conference Center