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Short Term Rental Certificate | Online Self-Study





New-Flexible Enrollment! Register any time during the course session. Within 3 business days, you will be able to begin the self-study online course.


Students can complete the course in a few days or two weeks of self-study work (but students will need to spend at least 14 hours on coursework to have access to the final examination). This is the approved education course for STR permit applicants in several cities and it may qualify for real estate CE.


Renting a room or an entire home to guests for short stays can be profitable or it can create loss and liability. Understanding and applying industry 'best practices' can benefit you and your guests. 


This online self-study course allows you to complete the course at your own pace and from any location where you can access the online classroom modules. Students need to complete the lecture modules, assignments, quizzes, discussions and complete the certification exam to receive the respected STR Certification. This course normally takes at least 14 hours for the live version and this course is comparable in content and time-commitment for most students. 


This course reviews time-honored and innovative STR management practices, including an overview of the industry regulations and accounting, marketing and reservations, guest and neighbor relations, maintenance and housekeeping, design and decor choices, security and guest safety, tech devices and innovations, opportunities, challenges, and more!


The instructor has over thirty years of experience in owning and managing successful vacation homes/short-term rentals. Owners, investors, property managers, realtors, hoteliers, municipal officials, and other people wanting to learn more about this emerging industry have given the course top reviews. Elevate your STR knowledge to a professional level by completing this course!



Class Details

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 - Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Enrollment open 4/19/2023 - 12/6/2023 9:59 PM



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Instructor: Julie Davies




Julie Davies opened her first bed & breakfast inn in 1986 (while managing hotels and resorts) and her newest STR in 2021. She was asked by municipal officials to write a course about STR industry laws and best practices in 2016, and she co-authored the textbook Vacation Rental Management 411. With thousands of course graduates giving the STR Certification Course excellent reviews, this training has been mandated for STR license/permit applicants in several cities. Davies lectures internationally on STR management and Lodging Industry trends while consulting with and reviewing travel businesses. She has received the Permanent Faculty Member designation with the American Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Institute and has taught over 30 university courses. Julie's joy is her daughters and grandchildren---she loves to study and travel with them, too.

Some of the course lessons are also taught by the textbook co-author, Breanne Ellis, who holds several degrees, has published academic papers and received international awards for her work with social media and marketing research, has managed international programs, and is a seasoned STR owner as well. 


Refund Policy: No refunds are granted once you have accessed the online classroom and course material. Most students register for this course to learn more about STR best practices. If you are registering due to a city or county education mandate, you should verify that your property qualifies as an STR before registering for this course.



This course is being held online through INSTRUCTURE CANVAS, an online learning management system. Students will need to listen to video lectures, and complete activities such as discussion posts, quizzes, and assignments. The final examination will be held after all previous modules have been completed. The exam uses an online test monitoring app. Students will receive an email with the CANVAS log-in information they will use to enter the CANVAS virtual classroom.


There will be periodic live online discussions via Zoom Meetings. Zoom is an online web conferencing software that allows the instructor (host) and students (participants) to see and interact with each other in real-time.


A Zoom account is not required in order to participate, however, the Zoom Client (program) will be installed on your computer, or if you are using a smartphone or tablet, the Zoom App is required and can be installed from the Apple App Store, or Google Play Store.



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