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The BTEC Diploma in Residential Lettings
UNIQUE ACCREDITATION FOR NORTHWOOD
Property franchise Northwood reached a major milestone when it became the first UK lettings business to be granted a licence from the Guild of Lettings and Management to teach its internationally recognised BTEC Diploma in Residential Lettings.
With a strong commitment to training its 70 franchises, Northwood has embraced the qualification which offers practical guidance on everything from organising seamless moves to vetting tenants and carrying out inventories.
“This qualification is designed to ensure the highest standards of professionalism and provides agents with a comprehensive working knowledge of the property management and lettings industry,” said MD Nick Cooper. “The course material is a valuable reference tool for newcomers; more experienced agents can take a faster-paced approach to the final qualification. We aim to have at least one member of staff in each office with the BTEC.”
Susie Crolla, CEO of the GLM, said, “This qualification reinforces the sector’s emphasis on professionalism. Northwood has been given this opportunity, not just because its investment in training, but because of the commitment to the professional development of its franchisees. We have had very positive feedback from the franchisees and are proud to be partnering Northwood.” Isobel Thomson, of NALS said, “The BTEC is highly regarded and we congratulate Northwood on the new accreditation which can only be to the benefit of their staff and the consumer.”
The BTEC is a level 4 Diploma in residential lettings management; a year-long course involving eighteen 1,000-word assignments, a 6,000 word project and a three-hour exam at the end. Students gain a deeper insight into the legislation and workings of the lettings industry through a combination of tutorials, self-study and research. There are currently 150 students across the country studying for this BTEC.
BTEC. INDIVIDUALS OF DISTINCTION WITH THE BTEC
Julie Ann Hills, lettings manager at DW Smith & Co, Hanham, Bristol, was awarded a Distinction in her final examination and project, as well as in all 19 course modules in the Level 4 BTEC Professional Diploma. She is the first student this year to be awarded the Distinction grade and only the fourth out of several hundred students seeking the qualification through the GLM over the past three years.
A Bristol University honours graduate, Julie Ann runs the Hanham agency with her twin brother David. She says: “Landlords and tenants are faced with a constantly changing regulatory landscape. The Diploma studies confirmed my belief that we need to enhance our knowledge to give clients the best and most up-to-date advice. I found the course challenging, but rewarding.”
Susie Crolla comments on the achievement, “It is very unusual to gain a Distinction; the standards are high and the criteria strict. Julie Ann has put a great deal of time and effort into her studying.” Only one in twenty agents has a professional qualification as the industry is not yet regulated. However she believes that regulation is only a matter of time. “There has been an increase in the number of people seeking to become more professional; partly because they want to and partly because they are aware of what is going on politically and they do not wish to be left behind. There is now a real need to invest in staff training.”
BTEC SUPPORTERS AND GRADUATES – WHAT THEY SAY
MEDICS ON THE MOVE: Carole Stubbs FRSA, says:
BELVOIR LONG EATON: Robert Hall, GLM’s youngest ever candidate, says: