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The Guild of Property Professionals launches its formal qualification

The Guild of Property Professionals launches its formal qualification

Latest news on Guild services Paul Offley, The Guild's Compliance Officer 27th September 2021

This month marks the eagerly anticipated launch of PropQual, the learning platform The Guild will be using to support an Ofqual-accredited qualification for estate and lettings agents. Registration for the Certificate and Diploma qualifications will be available to Guild Members from 27 September 2021, allowing Members to commence with the learning activities.


According to Paul Offley, The Guild’s Compliance Officer, who will be responsible for the initiative, along with The Guild’s Head of Engagement and Development, Jennifer Scott-Reid, since The Guild announced that it would be offering an Ofqual-approved qualification, the organisation has been hard at work developing an interactive learning platform. “All of the content has now been created, which aside from written material, includes quizzes, videos and assessments to support an individual’s learning journey. PropQual is not just about attaining the qualification, but also about maintaining a level of continuous professional development and progression,” he says.


Offley says an important aspect was to create learning material, which was appropriate for the end users, especially reflecting some variances in legislation across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. As such, The Guild recruited a team of industry experts from the Membership to form a quality and control panel, assisting the organisation in reviewing the learning material to effectively confirm it is fit for purpose. “We are delighted to have the expertise of our panel to review all material to ensure and to support the learning environment. On the panel are some of the best leading industry experts including Melfyn Williams, Perry Power, Malcolm Prescott, Peter Courtis, Daniel Henry, Jonathan Morgan, James Du Pavey, and Alex Lambourne,” he adds.


Offley notes that a formal qualification is something that The Guild network has been asking for, and the organisation are proud to be delivering a platform that will provide agents with the training they desire and will help further raise the standards within the sector. “We are really excited that we will be launching PropQual this month and further adding to the value we provide to our network. It is a great opportunity for people to support their own professional develop and setting the bar higher for the industry as a whole,” he concludes.


Paul Offley, The Guild's Compliance Officer

Paul Offley joined The Guild in 2017 as our in-house Compliance Officer, to help Members stay on top of legislation. Paul’s career has maintained a focus in estate agency for over 40 years, building a specialist knowledge in the compliance function. Paul helps Members to reduce the probability of any risk materialising by working alongside agents to identify areas where the business is at a high risk of exposure. Guild Members have compliance tools at their disposal and are regularly presented with updated information on the latest legislation requirements. Paul is also on hand to speak to agents individually, delivering quality and high standards to all our Members. Paul has been providing continual support to The Guild Members throughout COVID-19, from legislation and Government updates, to providing indispensable and personalised advice through Facebook Live. He is passionate about raising standards, and is part of The Property Ombudsman Industry Forum.

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