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The Guild of Property Professionals to offer Level-Three Agency Qualification to Members

The Guild of Property Professionals to offer Level-Three Agency Qualification to Members

CEO Comments Iain McKenzie, CEO of The Guild of Property Professionals 19th March 2021

The Guild of Property Professionals has announced that it is to offer a Level-Three Estate Agency Qualification at either certificate or diploma level in residential sales and lettings, and property management.

The Guild’s Compliance Officer, Paul Offley, together with Head of Engagement and Development, Jennifer Scott-Reid, will be responsible for this new initiative. According to Paul, offering a formal qualification is something that the Membership has been asking for, and The Guild has been working on answering that request as part of the range of professional services offered to Members.

"While any mandatory qualifications within the industry are not quite with us yet and are unlikely to be so until Government decide on a response to Lord Best’s report on the Regulation of Property Agents, I believe people working in the industry wants to be recognised for the professional service they offer to consumers and having fully qualified teams will raise standards and enhance consumer confidence,” Paul comments.

Once launched, the training will be offered to Guild Members for free as part of their Membership, however, they will have to pay for the cost of the actual examination to obtain the qualification.

“The Guild already has a successful Associate Training Scheme, which carries the approval of Cambridgeshire Trading Standards, however, the new qualification offering will further enhance its overall professional learning and development services. The qualification will be accredited at Ofqual Level Three status and will cover residential sales, lettings and property management. Once in place, it will all be delivered using a digital platform and supported via a range of digital learning options to help support learning and development of candidates.” Paul comments.

The qualification will be available to all Guild Members and their teams in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland with the potential to offer to the wider industry if sufficient interest is shown.

 

Iain McKenzie, CEO of The Guild of Property Professionals

Iain McKenzie is the CEO of The Guild of Property Professionals and is responsible for the direction and management of the brand plus offering support to the network of over 800 Guild Members. Iain is a highly established estate agent and business leader, with over 30 years of industry experience and a strong entrepreneurial background. He has led and managed teams to success, as a business owner, Franchise Director and MD for a large corporation. Iain has 30 years’ agency experience starting within the industry at 17 on a youth training scheme in Devon. He quickly progressed through the ranks, and at 26 he became a Regional Manager. Three years later, he set up an independent estate agency, called Complete Property Services, and became a Member of The Guild of Property Professionals. This was his first encounter with The Guild and was extremely impressed with the services that were offered. In 2011, he joined a large corporate as Managing Director, which grew year-on-year

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