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Property: SAPOA to Expand Existing Property Training Programme


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The South African Property Owner's Association is set to expand and streamline its training and development programme in the coming months. The restructuring of its two property training programmes is a move intended to keep up with current market trends, and to improve the quality of the standards that have been set out by SAPOA. The move will see the introduction of ICPP that is, an Introduction to Commercial Property Programme and ACPP, or the Advanced Commercial Property Programme. Courses are set to be launched in early 2009. Neil Gopal, CEO of SAPOA, says of the new courses, "We are partnering with accredited institutions to ensure control of course standards throughout the country".

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 the current 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 the course.

The ultimate aim in restructuring the existing association is to maintain a level of quality control, and to set national standards. The desired outcomes will be discussed prior to commencement; and on completion, the actual outcomes will be assessed and evaluated. Assessment will be aimed at promoting understanding, and application and dissemination of new information. SAPOA's aim is to work with the Universities to provide delegates with a certificate of competency as opposed to a certificate of attendance.

The Introduction to Commercial Property is aimed at those 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 is intended to give an overview of the property market, and a general introduction to property terms and the basic principles of property marketing, for example how building plans are passed. Successful completion of the ICPP course is a prerequisite for entry into the ACPP.

The Advanced Commercial Property Programme is designed for people who have some prior knowledge, and or practical experience of commercial or industrial property. This translates to having had between two and three years of practical 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 that exist in South Africa.

The Chairman of the SAPOA Education, Training and Development Committee Professor Francois Viruly, says, "We believe we are offering a return on investment for any person attending these courses. Our ultimate aim is to align the courses to the new unit standards for the commercial property industry."

Courses are set to commence in the first -half of 2009.

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