The Association of Residential Letting Agents and the National Association of Estate Agents have announced plans for a joint training programme for lettings and residential management.
From August 2004, the training programme for all members of both organisations will be formulated and managed jointly.
The two organisations believe that the hallmark for professional bodies and regulated practitioners is in the training and qualifications offered and gained.
Adrian Turner, chief executive of ARLA, says: “Without a properly constructed training programme with a full take-up of courses by members, no organisation can call itself professional. Now we have reached that moment when training more people to levels of even greater professionalism needs the combined skills, knowledge and resources that both our organisations can offer.
“Training and qualifications are what is wanted and expected by all our member firms and their staff and it is rightly demanded by the public in today's consumerist society.”
Peter Bolton King, chief executive of the NAEA, says: “Between ARLA and the NAEA we have all the ingredients for the provision of a spectacularly successful training programme reaching the widest possible marketplace. This initiative will be welcomed by lettings firms and their staff, landlords and tenants and by consumer bodies and government.”
The new course structure will be administered by the professional development department of the NAEA at Warwick and the trainers drawn from the existing ARLA and NAEA pool of experienced course tutors.
The structure of conducting seminar-style courses with complete interaction within small groups will be continued and the courses will be available nationwide.