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Having joined Harris Lamb in August 2008 as an Office Trainee, I am now working in the Agency team in our Stoke-on-Trent office. During my time as a trainee, I took an interest in the Agency side of things and thought it was time to move forward with this role.

I heard of a qualification from one my colleagues in Birmingham who was also studying this and having looked through the syllabus, I thought it was perfect to introduce me to the basics of commercial property.

The Technical Award in Commercial Property Agency is a Level 3 qualification within the National Qualifications Framework, which means it is broadly the equivalent to A-Level standard.

This qualification consisted of a workbook of four units of which, I was to learn and take a computer based exam on each and complete within 12 months. These units covered basic agency and laws, building construction, business and property appraisals, valuation, business rates, taxation and EPCs.

I took my first exam in September 2010 and passed with flying colours! I have now completed the course with more than a month spare from my September deadline and, although my previous qualifications don’t allow me to progress onto a degree in property, I am looking to start the new Associate RICS qualification soon to provide me with the next step towards chartered status.

Having gained this qualification I am now a lot more confident with my knowledge of the property industry, and as a bonus this know allows me to now become a member of the ICBA (Institution of Commercial Business Agents).

For advice and assistance on all aspects of Commercial Property in Staffordshire, Harris Lamb are the experts. Call our Stoke office on 01782 272 555 or email: andrew.groves@harrislamb.com.        

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