Practical financial training for managers and other housing professionals
Certified Financial Specialist® (CFS®) teaches the nuts and bolts of property-level financial management; knowledge that is essential to the successful operation of any type of multi-family or senior housing. CFS approaches the subject in two ways. First, it teaches participants what basic financial statements mean and how to use them in the day-to-day management of a property. Secondly, CFS goes in-depth on the proper way to develop an annual budget, teaching the critical steps in creating a budget that is accurate, achievable, and effective.
Please note: The certification exam for this class is now completed online. As a result, the class concludes in two days, and students have one week to complete the online exam. (Class duration may be different at NHMI; please check specific NHMI event information.)
What you’ll learn:
Owner financial goals
It all starts with the financial goals of the owner. Participants get an overview of the various goals that owners may have and the importance of management staff understanding those goals.
The ABCs of financial management
Participants learn the key terms and concepts that underpin property-level accounting. They also learn the difference between the cash and accrual method of accounting—essential to understanding property level financial statements.
The program provides a detailed explanation of the monthly income and expense statement and balance sheet, with emphasis on the former. Students learn what these statements truly mean and how they are properly used in daily property management.
Participants learn how to use budget variance information to identify problems and take corrective action.
Students learn how to research and gather data and information that is crucial to developing an accurate annual budget. Topics include forecasting revenue, estimating expenses, addressing shortfalls, capital planning, and correctly allocating the budget over a twelve-month period.
How you will learn:
CFS is a classroom-based program led by an experienced teacher and practitioner. The program intermingles short lectures with individual exercises and group discussion. The exercises are designed to reinforce the lecture material and provide opportunities for participants to practice newly learned knowledge and skills.
Download CFS course description
||Includes ONLINE exam
||Lecture supported by exercises and discussion
||None/suitable for all levels
||All housing management personnel
||CFS Course Book
||Calculator (required); highlighter, pen/pencil