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Interesting in Becoming a Conveyancer?

An online course has been launched for budding conveyancers who want to learn more about the industry.

The ‘Introduction to Conveyancing’ course has been created by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) to give non-lawyers an insight into how property is legally transferred between owners.

No prior knowledge or experience is needed, and students do not have to be employed in a legal services role.

Claire Richardson, director of licensing and new business at the CLC, said: “This new ‘micro course’ is an excellent introduction to the basics of conveyancing and will be invaluable for anyone who is considering a career in the field.

“It is suitable for anyone, even home buyers and sellers themselves, but particularly those who are already working in the wider industry, such as estate agents, property managers, mortgage brokers and landlords, and would like a better understanding of what is involved.

“We anticipate that this will also be popular with employers as a means of encouraging and investing in existing staff who show an interest or aptitude for conveyancing work and may wish to explore a career in this area.”

The entry level course – broadly similar to a GCSE in difficulty – is fully accredited and certified by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), whose qualifications are recognised in the UK and internationally.

It is divided into the following four modules which students should be able to complete online in four to five hours.

  • An introduction explaining some of the key professionals and organisations involved in the house-buying process;
  • A guide to professional conduct and the office skills a conveyancer needs;
  • The difference between freehold and leasehold and the definition of land;
  • Key steps – and risks – in the conveyancing process.

The course concludes with a final assessment, after which those who pass will be awarded a certificate.

To qualify to become a licensed conveyancer, candidates need to achieve the Level 4 and Level 6 qualification, plus 1,200 hours of practical, on-the-job experience. This micro course is a great first step on the road to achieving that for those completely new to the law as it will help them decide whether conveyancing could be the right career for them.

For more information about any of the CLC’s courses, visit their website here.