Spotlight on Mario Arzate, H.G. Fenton Company

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Mario Azarate Many congratulations to Mario Arzate, H.G. Fenton Company, who recently earned his designation as a Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician. Learn more about his professional and what his experience earning the CAMT.


Tell us about how you started working in the multi-housing industry? What motivated you?
I got started because of my dad was a maintenance manager in a property in Clairemont. When I was old enough, he got me a job there as porter. He motivated me to learn as much as possible so I would be successful in property management. I am know a senior maintenance manager with Hg Fenton. A great company to work for!

How long have you been in maintenance?
I’ve been in this line of work for 20+ years

What made you decide to get your credential?
At first I was unaware that maintenance can get a credential. When I learned I was eligible to get a credential and Hg Fenton will invest in the opportunity for me to take the exam. I signed up!

What was the experience like?
It was like being back at school. I had to attend classes go over study guides. Literally preparing for a final exam.

What was the exam like?
The exam is timed and it’s done online. It’s multiple choice and there are 100 questions and it covers HVAC, electrical fair housing, pools, make ready, curb appeal. Everything we do but in detail. I finished in under 2 hours.

Would you advise co-workers/ colleagues to get the CAMT?
Absolutely! You learn the fundamentals of our line of work. The instructor is very knowledgeable. It looks great when looking for further growth.

What advice would you give someone who wants to get their credential?
Make sure you make time to get prepared for the test. It’s worth getting the credential and being recognize among your peers. Plus it looks good when you send emails showing off your credential!


Congratulations again to Mario Azarate! If you'd like to learn more about earning your CAMT designation with Southern California Rental Housing Assoication, email education@socalrha.org to learn more!