How to keep up-to-date with an evolving property industry

How to keep up-to-date with an evolving property industry

In an ever-evolving industry, those involved in construction, real estate, facilities management and land professionals require constant training. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), is able to provide this training which remains on-trend in the built environment sector.

Training in the built environment sector allows professionals to improve their technical skills, ensuring they comply with the latest international standards and guidelines. RICS Construction Training Product Manager, Heidi Partridge explains that the company is the world’s leading professional body for qualification and standards in land, property, infrastructure and construction.

“We therefore research and respond to future trends, identify skill gaps and develop suitable courses so professionals can keep pace with technical innovations and best practice,” she said.

Developing trends

Partridge explains that RICS is constantly developing their programmes in order to keep up with industry changes and developments and has implemented a range of new programmes.

“In response to these findings, RICS launched its Commercial Management Infrastructure Programme in summer 2017, a 6-month distance learning course for quantity surveyors, cost managers and commercial managers new to the role. It aims to give delegates comprehensive commercial and business management competencies; responses to the course were positive, and we will be running it again this summer,” she said.

RICS has developed a new programme in response to the demand for skills and knowledge in building information modelling (BIM), which was further exacerbated in the run-up to the government’s Level 2 BIM mandate coming into effect in 2016.

“To address this upsurge in interest, we designed a series of web classes that introduce key principles, such as how to implement BIM methodology and how to manage contractual risk. Demand for training on BIM-managed projects grew, and the six-month distance learning course we developed for professionals aspiring to become certified BIM managers continues to be a draw,” explains Partridge

A series of web classes which introduce key principles such as how to implement BIM methodology and how to manage contractual risk. Partridge says that demand for training on BIM-managed projects grew. “..the six-month distance learning course we developed for professionals aspiring to become certified BIM managers continues to be a draw.”

Recent research conducted by RICS via the use of focus groups and training reviews revealed the need to incorporate commercial awareness in the courses which are on offer. The research provided insight for contract managers to appreciate the commercial importance of complying with terms and furthering enabling them to manage a wide range of contracts related to specific business operations and marketplaces.

Shaped by standards

Partridge comments on the developments of RICS’ training to stay on par with new standards.

“All RICS training is shaped by its latest standards and guidelines. For example, the publication of The role of the commercial manager in infrastructure guidance note in January 2017 influenced the creation of the Commercial Management in Infrastructure Programme, while the Digital systems and technology in infrastructure guidance note published this February will be incorporated into future course materials. As more systems become automated and the way data is used in infrastructure changes, we need to build this into our construction training,” she said.

It is important to RICS to adapt to the ever-changing industry and is crucial to course development. An example of this can be seen in the International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS) course as it changed from focusing on the suite to incorporate theories behind ICMS and the practical application as professionals begin to implement it.

The broader picture

Partridge comments on RICS implementations to cater to the current construction skills shortage.

“Construction will need 31,600 new workers a year until at least 2022 according to the latest Construction Skills Network report. At the same time, the industry’s output is expected to grow by 1.3% over the next 5 years, with 158,000 jobs created. We, therefore, continue to liaise with member firms to ensure we can help professionals develop the right skills to meet anticipated demand,” she said.

With methods of learning developing, RICS offers nearly 98% of its courses online, catering to distance learning and those who wish to complete the course while working.

“Demand is also growing for our in-house training to be delivered online as firms pursue greater flexibility and efficiency from our bespoke offering,” explains Partridge.

Catering to the constant developments in a range of sectors, RICS aims to provide accurate and useful training to all its clients.

“However, by continually monitoring developments and working closely with our professionals, we will be able to offer a relevant and agile training portfolio that keeps pace with the evolving needs of the construction sector,” said Partridge.

A list of RICS courses offered in Sub Sahara Africa can be accessed by contacting Alexandra at adebeer@rics.org. For all enquiries on course availability call +2766 480 5004.

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