SEVEN new qualifications have been launched to benefit property professionals.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors said the move aimed to benefit those with industry experience but without a university education to develop a career in the property industry.
The new specialisms are now open to applicants and will further open up the profession in the fields of property, land and construction.
The RICS associate qualification was launched in 2009 across five specialisms.
Now applicants will be able to qualify in the fields of commercial property management, valuation, building surveying, building control, land and engineering surveying, hydrographic surveying and residential property management.
Associate status allows those without traditional academic qualifications to enter the property profession – with candidates training while in employment. Upon completion of the qualification, candidates then have the option of studying towards full chartered surveyor status.
Jennifer Welch (pictured), operations director for RICS North, said: “These seven new qualifications are excellent news for those looking to a career in property and for the profession as a whole.”
She added: “With a greater number of professionals adhering to RICS standards, the industry can only benefit from increased professionalism and transparency.”