New Sapoa course to improve training standards

Posted On Wednesday, 15 October 2008 02:00 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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Sapoa will be introducing two new courses early next year to expand and streamline its training and development programme in the coming months.

Sapoa CEO Neil GopalCommercial property association Sapoa will be introducing two new courses early next year to expand and streamline its training and development programme in the coming months.

The intention is to keep up with market trends and to improve the quality of the standards that have been set out by Sapoa.

The first programme to be introduced will be an introduction to commercial property programme (ICCP). ICCP is aimed at people who have no previous experience or formal knowledge in either commercial or industrial property. The target group for this course may include property administrators and matriculants.

The course offers an overview of the property market and is a general introduction to property terms and the basic principles of property marketing — for example how building plans are passed.

The second course, the advanced commercial property programme (ACPP), is designed for people who have some prior knowledge or practical experience of commercial or industrial property. This translates into having had between two and three years of work experience in the industry.

Necessary knowledge includes the economics of property, important legislative acts, valuation of residential and commercial property, and an overview of the town-planning processes in SA.

Successful completion of the ICPP course is a prerequisite for entry into the ACPP programme.

Both new programmes have been initiated in an attempt to respond to member feedback and to reassess information, in order to differentiate between information that has become redundant or erroneous, and information that is still relevant in today’s market. New developments, such as the Green Building Council of South Africa and the Transformation Charter for the Property Sector, will also be introduced during this course.

Sapoa CEO Neil Gopal says: “We are partnering with accredited institutions to ensure control of course standards throughout the country.”

Sapoa’s aim is to work with universities to provide delegates with a certificate of competency as opposed to a certificate of attendance. Sapoa is in talks with the University of the Witwatersrand, University of Johannesburg, University of Pretoria, University of Cape Town and University of KwaZulu-Natal. It is meeting staff of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and the University of Fort Hare later this month.

The chairman of the Sapoa education, training and development committee, Prof François Viruly, says the ultimate aim is to align the courses to the new unit standards for the commercial property industry.”



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