Stuart Hicks

Hicks earns rating recognition

Stuart Hicks, managing director of Dunlop Heywood, has been awarded the RICS’ rating diploma after successfully completing an intensive two-year course.

The diploma has long been recognised as the gold standard of measuring the expertise and overall capability of rating surveyors, with only a select few successfully completing the course and final interview process. As well as displaying depth of overall rating knowledge, successful graduates must pass modules that include law, case history and rating practice.

Hicks said: “It is undoubtedly one of the hardest courses I have ever had to undertake but incredibly rewarding to come out with the diploma at the end of it. The level of understanding you have to demonstrate consistently over two years is incredible but I have already found that the knowledge I have gained is coming into play in my everyday working practices.”

The diploma was first awarded in 1922, and only a handful of current rating practitioners outside HMRC have gained the qualification. Surveyors who gain the Diploma are entitled to the additional designatory letters Dip. Rating after their name.

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