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RICS announce first residential associate graduates

Launched in June this year, the residential property management qualification represents the first time that those operating in the field have had the chance to join RICS.

Members of the Institute of Residential Property Management (MIRPM) can gain direct entry to RICS' Associate level and the first to qualify are Alison Mooney, Tim Josh, Robert Dean, Rittu Pannu, Sara Izzard and Sarah Hammond.

The new residential property management pathway has seen a record number of applications being received, resulting in the highest number of people qualifying first out of all AssocRICS specialisms.

"The new residential property management Associate qualification is a huge step forward for the sector. It represents an opportunity for those operating in the field of block management to demonstrate their professionalism, in a largely unregulated sector of the industry. It will also provide a first step for those with aspirations of becoming a Chartered Surveyor,” said David Dalby, RICS Residential Professional Group Director.

Robert Dean AssocRICS, Commercial Manager, Braemer Estates, Cheshire, said: "I was motivated to seek the new Associate qualification, as it represented a significant milestone towards the ‘gold standard' of chartered status. I was pleased that Associate recognises an alternative route to RICS membership, this fits our organisation well, as we have a number of individuals who are keen to progress their career but not through the traditional routes. I have been using my designation on letters and emails and I am signing my name with pride".

Ritu Pannu AssocRICS, Senior Property Manager, Arkleygate Property Management, Hertfordshire, commented: "I work closely with other professionals and it quickly became clear that to advance further as a fully rounded property manager, I needed to become professionally qualified. [Achieving the AssocRICS qualification] shows my clients and others that my experience, qualifications and professionalism have been recognised".

Alison Mooney AssocRICS, Director of Management at Westbury Residential, Surrey, said:
"I hope to gain access to added training opportunities, insider access to a network of fellow professionals,  as well as enhancing the confidence of present and future clients".

Tim Josh Assoc RICS, Senior property Manager at Rendall & Rittner, Essex, commented:
"I'd advise anyone thinking about becoming an Associate to stop considering and grab the opportunity with both hands. For an individual focused on a career in property, there are only benefits to holding the qualification”.