The battle of the property industry trainers has begun following the Guild’s decision to launch its first Ofqual qualification for estate agents.
The Level 3 qualification will be offered to Guild agents for free as part of their membership, but they will have to pay for the cost of the examination to obtain the qualification.
This pitches the 800-firm agency network directly against Propertymark, which since the RoPA report has been redoubling its efforts to present itself as the default provider of training courses.
It is no coincidence that the Guild’s first Ofqual is a Level 3 course. This is the minimum requirements for property agents recommended by the RoPA report – Level 4 is only recommended for senior staff or business directors.
The Level 3 course will only be available to Guild members initially, but may be offered to all comers if industry interest is strong enough.
The Guild, which already has a Trading Standards approved training scheme, says its Ofqual course will be offered at both certificate or diploma level in residential sales and lettings, and property management.
Its new training initiative will be headed up by compliance chief Paul Offley and colleague Jennifer Scott-Reid (both pictured).
“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 RoPA, I believe people working in the industry want to be recognised for the professional service they offer to consumers and having fully qualified teams will raise standards and enhance consumer confidence,” says Offley.