If the government needs reminding of the argument for compulsory minimum qualifications for estate agents then it had to only look to a small room in the House of Lords yesterday afternoon.
The Cholmondeley Room was packed with the winners of this year’s Property Qualifications Awards run by Propertymark and addressed by Lord Best (below), who is heading up the government’s new working group which is tasked with improving professional standards and qualifications.
Housing minister Mrs Heather Wheeler MP gave out the prizes, which celebrate excellence in learning and development in the property industry.
“After years of campaigning, the government has now pledged to introduce mandatory qualifications for all professional agents,” says Propertymark.
“It’s therefore important that the very best stand out from the crowd and are celebrated, as we are soon to enter an era when everyone will need a qualification.”
Property Qualifications Awards
The winners were Elizabeth Anderson (below) of Quantum in York (sales candidate of the year), Sarah Howard from Marshalls in Hertfordshire (Lettings Candidate of the Year), Andrew Everett (Auctioneering Candidate of the Year), Katie Vale of Knight Frank (Rising Star), Employer Champion (Glasgow firm The Property Store EK Ltd) and Nina Chambers of Countrywide brand Abbotts Property in Cambridgeshire (Learner of the Year).
The Lifelong Achievement gong went to Melfyn Williams who is a past President of the NAEA, Chairman of the Board for its qualifications arm and an auctioneer, estate agent and chartered surveyor. He works for Welsh full- service agency Williams & Goodwin.
“It has been fantastic to be able to bring our ceremony to the House of Lords at a time when the Government are deciding which route to take to build better professional standards,” says Mike Smith of Propertymark Qualifications.
“These awards demonstrate the dedication and commitment of employees, employers, new entrants to the industry and those who are more experienced, who are willingly developing their knowledge and skills to improve overall quality and professionalism in the industry.
“However, the sector’s reputation will not improve until we eliminate rogue agents and bad practice completely.”