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Rural Property Management degree secures RICS professional accreditation

Posted 7 September 2016

A second undergraduate course at Harper Adams University has been accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. 

Now students working towards a degree in Rural Property Management will be eligible to work towards the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) which requires applicants to secure an RICS accredited degree and also undertake two years of structured training or work experience.  Successful applicants will then be able to practise as Chartered Surveyors. 

The accreditation is already afforded to the Rural Enterprise and Land Management (REALM) degree at Harper Adams, with many students using their 12-month sandwich work placement to work towards year one of the APC structured training period, before completing a second year after graduating. This allows the best students to gain Chartered Surveyor status just one year after completing their studies. 

The new Rural Property Management (RPM) accreditation will apply to successful students who started their degree courses from 2015 onwards. 

Previously, RPM students were able to register only for the RICS Associate grade of membership.  The new professional accreditation takes that a step higher and will ultimately allow graduates to become full, rather than associate, members of RICS, without completing a postgraduate qualification. 

Senior Lecturer Susan Ragbourne, who led the accreditation process from the Harper Adams side, said: “We are delighted to have achieved RICS accreditation for the RPM course, enhancing the professional career path for our rural land management graduates.”

Mark Simcock, Principal Lecturer in Rural Land Management and Valuation added: “This is a welcome milestone for the RPM course and represents a positive contribution to our suite of land management courses here at Harper Adams. My thanks go to everyone who worked on securing the accreditation, but in particular to Susan, who completed the APC competency mapping requirements for RICS. We look forward to congratulating our first RPM graduates to pass the APC.”

People interested in enrolling on one of these degree courses can come to a taster day next month - full details here 

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