Agency boss calls for clarity on ROPA exam…

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Lord Best, chairman of the task force, has previously said that all officers, regardless of experience, will have to pass exams.


But Samples says it would be good to have information on this as soon as possible.


“We are broadly in favor of regulation,” he said. Realtor today.


“But the lack of clarity is frustrating.


“We want to help our franchisees.


“My biggest concern is that there are some older business owners who will have to take exams and need help at an early stage.”


Glynis Frew, who stepped down as general manager of Hunters when it was acquired by TPFG last year, is now responsible for helping agents meet ROPA recommendations.


Samples adds: “She will try to influence the government.


“It’s important that we get it right.”

It comes as agency trade body Propertymark has reported an increased appetite for qualifications in the property sector.


It says nearly 7,000 agents have signed up for Propertymark Qualifications assessments so far in the current academic year.


A fifth of them are aged between 16 and 24 – double from five years ago – and the highest number of registrations are among those aged 26 to 36.


A Level 4 qualification was introduced in 2018, primarily aimed at those who currently work or plan to work as principals, partners and managers in sales and/or rental agencies.


Registrations grew 26% last year to more than double the number of attendees in the first year of availability, Propertymark says.


Propertymark Qualifications is an approved assessment organization for the Junior Estate Agent Apprenticeship.


The number of assessments conducted has tripled in the past two years and new enrollments in end-of-course assessments were five times higher than in 2021 compared to the previous year.


Michael Smith, Head of Propertymark Qualifications, said: “There is currently no UK-wide requirement for estate agents to hold a recognized qualification, so seeing sustained demand demonstrates a real appetite amongst those entering. and progress in the profession to qualify and be fully accredited.


“Since the start of the pandemic, more than 2,500 people have obtained all their qualifications. This underlines the determination to succeed, to professionalize and to qualify even in difficult circumstances.


“We are particularly pleased to see a continued increase in qualification registrations for those entering their careers as estate agents.


“We hope to be able to harness this growing interest to create a healthy pool of staff in the future.”


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