Robert Dean, commercial manager at Braemar Estates in Hale, Trafford, is one of the first six people to gain a new qualification for the residential sector accredited by the RICS.
Associate members in the residential property management sector, the RICS says, "represents an opportunity for those operating in the field of block management to demonstrate their professionalism, in a largely unregulated sector of the industry. It will also provide a first step for those with aspirations of becoming a chartered surveyor."
The initiative by the RICS allows members of the Institute of Residential Property Management to gain direct entry to RICS' associate level.
Dean, assocRICS, said: "I was motivated to seek the new associate qualification, as it represented a significant milestone towards the 'gold standard' of chartered status. I was pleased that associate recognises an alternative route to RICS membership, this fits our organisation well, as we have a number of individuals who are keen to progress their career but not through the traditional routes. I have been using my designation on letters and emails and I am signing my name with pride.
"I work closely with other professionals and it quickly became clear that to advance further as a fully rounded property manager, I needed to become professionally qualified. This qualification shows my clients and others that my experience, qualifications and professionalism have been recognised."
Dean was the only one of the first six awarded associate membership based in the North West.