SAPOA Online Education: Commercial Property Management (Wits)

Date(s) - 24 Mar '22 - 24 Nov '22


This course will teach students the essentials of commercial property management with a focus on office buildings, shopping centres, and industrial sites.

On completion, you should be able to:

  • Explain the nature of property management.
  • Analyse a property management business plan.
  • Develop a marketing and leasing plan.
  • Manage lease negotiations.
  • Perform financial analysis and budgeting.
  • Apply the requisite management techniques for various property types.
  • Manage a maintenance program as well as plan for safety, security and emergency procedures.

Course content:

Part 1:

  • Introduction to Commercial Real Estate Management.
  • Real Estate Market Research.
  • Real Estate Investments and Finance.
  • The Business Plan.
  • Developing a Marketing and Leasing Plan.
  • Preparing to Lease a Building.
  • Preparing for Lease Negotiations.
  • Negotiating the Commercial Lease.
  • Leasing Opportunities.
  • Developing a Leasing Program.

Part 2:

  • Administration and Record Keeping.
  • Financial Analysis for Real Estate Managers.
  • Budgeting.
  • Efficient and Cost-Effective Maintenance Management Programs.
  • Safety, Security, and Emergency Procedures

Part 3:

  • Shopping Center Management.
  • Office Building Management.
  • Medical Office Building and Clinical Facilities Management.
  • Industrial Real Estate Management.

Part 4:

  • The Commercial Real Estate Development Process.
  • Renovating, Rehabbing, and Repositioning Commercial Properties.

Admission requirements:

A Matric certificate and 2 years working experience in property / real estate.

Technical requirements:

A smart device with a webcam (desktop pc, laptop or tablet); working internet connection, Adobe Flash.


Assessment will be based on class participation during the course, assignments and a written exam. The final grade will consist of mid-term test (30% of final grade), in class presentation (20%), submission of assignments (30% of final grade), final exam (20%).


R33 825.00 excl. VAT (SAPOA members)

R39 860.00 excl. VAT (non-SAPOA members)

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