Guild of Property Professionals Launches Formal Qualification
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 Level 3 qualification in Residential Sales will be available to Guild Members from 27 September 2021, with more qualifications including Residential Lettings and Level 4 in Residential Sales to follow soon.
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.