NAVA (National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers) are hoping to boost membership after a shake-up of their application system which takes practical experience into consideration rather than having to take exams.
Up to now, auctioneers and valuers wishing to join have only had
the option of taking technical awards in either Real Property or
Chattels auctioneering, but after a big rethink the organisation
will offer associate membership to experienced professionals.
While RICS require applicants to possess a bachelor's level
degree (or RICS-approved professional body membership, according to
their website) for their professional experience-based applications
for membership, NAVA are not asking for this and will base their
assessment on five years' experience.
NAVA president Gary Harper told ATG the new move mirrored the
many 'pathways' other professional bodies were developing for new
members to join, such as the RICS, who have a number of
It also recognised that many auctioneers and valuers were being
put off by the exams - perhaps because of a reluctance to become a
'student' again having worked hard, run businesses and shown their
professional skills for years.
"We want to encourage membership growth by opening up the doors
to others who previously effectively felt they were barred," he
added. "Membership had almost gone too far down the examination
route only and that was the only way."
Up to now the change has only been publicised through internal
channels and to existing members to spread the word, but NAVA want
as many potential members as possible to know.
Associate members can use the designatory letters ANAVA and the
organisation is developing a path to full membership.
Applicants can contact Shelley Brown, NAVA head of membership,
on 0845 250 6002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
RICS also have a 'senior professional route' to membership which
does not require a degree or equivalent qualification, but this
asks for 10 years of relevant experience.
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