While there is no federal license or certification required to become an apartment maintenance person, Rhodes says there are certifications available.
“NAAEI offers a certificate for an apartment maintenance technician designation that's designed as an introduction for new maintenance professionals or as a refresher for the veteran employees,” he says. “It gives these professionals the knowledge and tools necessary to run an effective maintenance program.”
He adds that the scope of what a maintenance technician can do comes down to licensing.
“Depending on the individual task that is needed, there may be a trade license required by a local municipality,” he says. “The limits of what an on-site maintenance technician can perform begin with regulation; and this regulation can be of a localized nature, state or federal law or ordinance.”
Tina Shamburg, property manager at Benton Pointe Apartments in Allen, Texas, cites electrical work as one example. “A licensed electrician is required for any major electrical installation,” she says. “However, installing a ceiling fan or light fixture is something our staff can do.”
She adds that regular maintenance technicians can’t perform work on HVAC systems if the job includes working with Freon. However, some maintenance crews can tackle those projects if the technician in question obtains proper EPA certification.