Triple Whammy For Young Rural Surveyors

9th November 2011

Guy Sampson, Robert Moore and Michael Bell, who work for rural chartered surveyors George F White, have all achieved their Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) and have gained membership of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). This brings the number of RICS accredited surveyors at George F White to 27 making it the largest employer of RICS accredited rural surveyors in the North East.

The APC is a demanding programme of structured, competence based training undertaken whilst working for an approved firm of surveyors, and usually takes two years to complete. All candidates must also have an appropriate degree prior to applying for the final assessment APC interview. It’s a great achievement to reach this level of competence in surveying and demonstrates a high level of academic knowledge along with practical knowledge and hands on experience. Candidates must submit a thesis and are subject to a rigorous panel interview for their final assessment. Roughly a third of APC applicants are unsuccessful.

The RICS sets and promotes international best practice along with the highest standards of competence and integrity among its members through ethical principles and a regulatory framework.

Guy Sampson’s APC thesis was written on his involvement in re-letting a piece of land and dealing with the landlord/ tenant issues that arose. He discussed best practice in property management, rent reviews, environmental stewardship and valuations. He says: “It’s great to finally have MRICS after my name. Surveying is an excellent career; I particularly enjoy delivering results for clients, making sure everything falls into place for them and the variety of areas of work I encounter means there is always something interesting to be involved with.”

Robert Moore has an in depth knowledge and experience of agri-environmental stewardship, valuations, landlord and tenant issues and compensation claims on behalf of landowners and occupiers. He has a degree in Architecture and undertook a post graduate diploma in Surveying for two years whilst working at George F White, as well as completing the APC. He says: “It’s been hard work studying, as well as working over the last few years, but fortunately I love my job which makes it a lot easier. I’m delighted to be an RICS surveyor at long last.”

Michael Bell spent a work placement year at George F White while he studied for BSc (hons) Rural Enterprise and Land management at Harper Adams College. He then returned to work for the firm after graduation. His key skills lie within property sales, compulsory purchases, and dispersal sales and he thrives on the variety of his work. He says: “What’s great about being a surveyor at George F White is that no two days are the same and you always have to be on your toes. The company gave me a great deal of support whilst I was studying so I’m very pleased that I managed to complete the APC successfully. I’m very proud to be a member of the RICS and look forward to progressing my surveying career with the firm.”

Hugh Fell, Senior Partner at George F White says: “We pride ourselves on the excellent career opportunities we offer our staff and always encourage and support individuals to reach their full potential so we can offer the best level of expertise to our clients. Guy, Robert and Michael are hardworking, excellent at their jobs, and well-liked in the rural community. They’re a credit to George F White and we’re delighted they’ve achieved RICS accreditation.”

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