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29 JUL 2020

Qualifying and regulating in a virtual world

Michael Zuriff

Michael Zuriff

Head of Regulation, Americas

New York

RICS

At RICS, we’re focused on building confidence and when the markets are shaky, this focus is more urgent than ever. During the recent shutdowns, RICS has continued to engage the profession to build clarity on the impact of COVID-19. We’re relying on virtual tools to continue building confidence through three core areas: qualifications, standards and regulation.

Maintaining entry standards through our qualifications process and continuing to focus on competence and ethics aligns well with the RICS regulatory approach post-qualification.

Having already held virtual APC assessments pre-pandemic, the shift to delivering a fully virtual qualifications experience was seamless. Similarly, RICS has been delivering virtual review visits for RICS Registered Valuers and Regulated Firms over the last couple of years and will continue to do so going forward.  

From a professional standards perspective, webinars addressing pressing topics such as material uncertainty in valuation, construction supply chain challenges, and facility/office reopening strategies, have all been highly attended and well received.  

RICS has been collecting insights by holding sector-specific leaders’ forums. These forums invite key stakeholders to share challenges and insights that help us set our strategy. We host monthly Americas Updates to share our learnings with the public.

While we certainly miss the interaction with our candidates, qualified professions and firms, the positive feedback to these virtual changes have been overwhelming. As firms are adapting in this changing world, RICS is helping support these efforts and leading the way as a 21st-century professional body that builds trust in the profession and serves the public interest.

Michael Zuriff

Michael Zuriff

Head of Regulation, Americas

New York

RICS

Michael Zuriff oversees RICS government affairs in Washington, DC. He can be reached at mzuriff@rics.org

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