Get ahead of RoPA

RoPA stands for the Regulation of Property Agents and in July 2019, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) released RoPA's report proposing a new regulatory framework to for property agents agents in the UK. 

We have long campaigned for Government regulation to ensure that everyone in the industry holds at least a Level 3 qualification (the level equivalent to an A-level). Following the report's recommendations, we're confident that agents in possession of an established OFQUAL regulated Level 3 qualification like ours will have a significant head start in being ready for regulation when it comes in.

 

Understanding qualification levels 

A qualification's level indicates the difficulty and complexity of the knowledge required to complete the qualification. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, qualifications sit in a framework which starts at Entry Level 1 and goes up to Level 8. Scotland has a different framework which ranges from Level 1 to 12. We offer qualifications at levels 2, 3 and 4 in England and Wales, Level 3 in Northern Ireland and in Scotland we offer qualifications at Levels 5 and 6.

The terms 'Award' and 'Certificate' refer to the qualification’s size and the estimated amount of time it typically takes to study for the assessment. Awards generally require 120 hours study time, whereas the Certificates take between 121–369 hours. 

Qualifications on offer 

Use the tabs to choose between the different specialisms available.

Award in Introduction to Residential Property Management Practice

This introductory qualification is ideal for someone with no previous experience who wants to enter the profession. It requires approximately 90 study hours study to complete and is accepted for ARLA Propertymark membership providing you are not a Principal, Partner or Director (PPD) of a property company.

Award in Residential Letting & Property Management

This qualification is ideal for candidates wanting to improve existing knowledge in the key areas related to residential letting and property management. You can go straight into this qualification without having to complete the Level 2 qualification (Level 5 in Scotland) first. It takes up to 12–18 months to complete depending on how much experience you already have and is equivalent to A-Level/Higher. This qualification is accepted for ARLA Propertymark membership.

Certificate in Residential Letting and Property Management

This qualification is for someone working (or aiming for a role) as a senior letting manager. You must first pass the Level 3 Award in Residential Letting and Property Management before you can take this Level 4 Certificate. It requires approximately 260 study hours to complete and you will receive a nationally recognised qualification at a level equivalent to a Certificate of Higher Education.

ASPIRING FOR THE TOP

Award in Residential Tenancy Deposit Protection and Management

This qualification is perfect if you have some knowledge of residential lettings and wish to gain recognition for tenancy deposit protection, processing, returning and disputes. However, whilst this qualification will look great on your CV it is not accepted for ARLA Propertymark membership.  

DEPOSIT PROTECTION

Award in Introduction to Sale of Residential Property

This is an introductory qualification ideal for somone who wants to enter the profession or is new to the property industry. It takes approximately 90 hours of study to complete and is equivalent to a GCSE/Intermediate. This qualification is not accepted for NAEA Propertymark membership.

Award in Sale of Residential Property

If you are currently working (or aspiring to work) as an estate agent, sales negotiator, property valuer or sales/office administrator, this is the qualification for you. You can go straight into this qualification without having to complete the Level 2 qualification first. It takes up to 12–18 months to complete depending on your experience and is equivalent to an A-Level/Higher. This qualification is also accepted for NAEA Propertymark membership.

Certificate in Sale of Residential Property

This qualification is for someone already employed in the property sector working (or aspiring to work) as a senior sales manager or branch/area manager. You must first pass the Level 3 Award in Sale of Residential Property before you can take this Level 4 Certificate. It requires approximately 260 study hours to complete and you will receive a nationally recognised qualification at a level equivalent to a Certificate of Higher Education.

ASPIRING FOR THE TOP

Award in Chattels Auctioneering

This qualification is the industry-recognised award for someone who has some knowledge of chattels auctioneering and is currently working (or aspiring to work) as a chattels auctioneer or chattels valuer. This qualification is accepted for NAVA Propertymark membership.

Award in Real Property Auctioneering

This qualification is the industry-recognised award for someone who has some knowledge of property auctioneering and is currently working (or aspiring to work) as a property auctioneer or valuer. This qualification is accepted for NAVA Propertymark membership.

Award in Residential Inventory Management and Practice

This qualification is ideal for candidates wanting to gain or improve existing knowledge in the key areas across inventory practice. This qualification is also accepted for ARLA Inventories membership.

Award in Commercial Property Agency

This qualification is ideal for candidates wanting to gain or improve existing knowledge in the key areas across commercial property. This qualification is also accepted for NAEA Commercial membership.

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