HB 535 for Maintenance (CAMT)

Information sourced from Florida Apartment Association Advocacy Page

What is a CAMT?

The Certificate in Apartment Maintenance is a rigorous course developed by the National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI). A CAMT is a maintenance professional who has completed the requirements to earn a Certificate for Apartment Maintenance Technicians. The CAMT program is accredited by the American NationalStandards Institute (ANSI), a private nonprofit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. CAMT candidates must complete, within 12 months of declaring candidacy:

  • One year of apartment or rental housing maintenance experience
  • Seven courses and online content totaling 90½ hours)


Additional information can be found online here:
http://www.naahq.org/learn/education/certificationforapartmentmaintenancetechnicians

What training does a CAMT need to complete for their certification?

CAMT candidates must complete one year of apartment or rental housing maintenance experience and 90½ hours of technical and nontechnical courses and meet all examination requirements within 24 months of declaring candidacy for CAMT. CAMT classes are offered through many local apartment association affiliates. Pleasecontact your local affiliate for information on upcoming classes.

What will be the new apartment maintenance law in Florida?

As of July 1st, 2016 apartment maintenance workers who hold a valid Certificate for Apartment Maintenance Technicians (CAMTs) will be able to perform HVAC, water heater, and AC repairs where parts cost no more than $1,000.

Are there any restrictions on what repairs can be made?

Yes, there are restrictions on what repairs can be made. These restrictions include:

  • The equipment being repaired must already be installed on the property.

  • The unit being repaired may not be modified except to replace components
    necessary to return the equipment to its original condition.

  • The equipment may only be repaired with new parts that are functionally
    identical to the parts being replaced.

  • An individual repair may not involve replacement parts that cost more than
    $1,000.

  • An individual repair may not be so extensive as to be a functional replacement
    of the unit.


Are CAMTs now allowed to install new HVAC, AC, or water heater units?

No. This legislation only allows CAMTs to repair equipment that is already on site. It does not include installation of new equipment.The parts used in each repair must cost less than $1,000 and cannot be a functional replacement of the unit.


Are there any restrictions on what size of apartment communities can use CAMTs to repair HVAC, AC, or water heater units?

Yes, apartment communities that have 100 units or more can have a CAMT perform these repairs.


Are there any restrictions on what type of apartment communities can use CAMTs to repair HVAC, AC, or water heater units?

No, any type of apartment community can use a CAMT to do onsite repairs; this includes conventional, affordable, student, and senior housing, and tax credit properties.


My city or county already requires CAMTs to get a license to do work on site. Will this new law let me skip applying for this license?

No, this legislation does not exempt apartment owners from complying with local licensing laws. If your city or county requires an additional license, this license must still be active. Many local licenses allow CAMTs to perform work beyond the scope outlined in this legislation, so it is also beneficial to maintain a local license.


Where can I find more information on how to enroll in a CAMT class?

CAMT classes are offered through BAAA in the Spring and Fall. Please contact Debra DeSmidt, Education Director (debra@baaahq.org or 813.882.0222 x3) for upcoming classes. Additional classes information can be found online here:
https://www.baaahq.org/events/education


Where can I find a copy of the legislation that passed?

Download Apartment Maintenance Law HB - 2016-0535


My question was not answered here. Who can I contact for more information?

Robert Griffiths, BAAA Government Affairs Director - GAD@baaahq.org
Courtney Barnard, FAA Government Affairs Director - Courtney@faahq.org

Download full HB 535 Bill text
The section pertaining to apartments begins on line 308 and ends on line 363.