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17 NOV 2019

Training series now available for Non-Valuers

Many influences can change the value of commercial property, some outside of your control and some by your own decisions. Understanding this can help you maximise the performance of property, grow value within your portfolio, build investor trust and improve your business

Professionals, whether individuals or part of a team, can build their understanding of property valuation to support the day-to-day decisions that make an impact and shape overall performance of a portfolio.

RICS seeks to provide Non-Valuers and their teams with this understanding of property valuation to help maximise their properties' performance by attending two workshops which are available both as a public training for individuals and as an in-house program for teams.

Available now, contact us to find out how you, individual or company, can join the program in Australia and New Zealand. Alternatively, select the workshops listed on the page to read more and secure your spot.

Why are these workshops different?

This series of training aims to provide the critical knowledge needed for Non-Valuers and professionals to optimise commercial property performance, create competitive advantage and enable participants to knowledgeably discuss the assumptions and drivers used by external valuers in their valuations.

The workshops help attendees learn new concepts, refresh their knowledge or stand out from their competitors as more knowledgeable. The two courses (Valuation for Non-Valuers and Discounted Cash Flow for Non-Valuers) can be taken individually or as a comprehensive development program for a team.

The series of full- and half-day online workshops are written and presented by Richard Dunham Stacey, an experienced property fund manager, who looks in detail at the concepts of valuation, then specifically relates them to a fund management perspective. The half-day face-to-face Valuation for Non-Valuers workshops in New Zealand are written and presented by Richard Lawson, an experienced registered valuer with a wide range of valuation and consultancy assignments. 

Join us for our most popular workshops

Valuation for Non-Valuers

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Discounted Cash Flow for Non-Valuers

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Richard Dunham Stacey


Richard is an experienced property fund manager and RICS Chartered Surveyor who has held senior funds management roles in both listed and wholesale property funds in Australia.

He is skilled in the disciplines of fund, asset, development and property management, agency and valuations within commercial real estate. He also writes, trains and facilitates professional courses for the RICS and The Property Council of Australia and is an Executive Coach to property professionals.

Richard Lawson
Richard Lawson

Richard Lawson

Director & Registered Valuer, MRICS, BProp, ANZIV, SPINZ

Richard is a general practitioner covering a broad range of property classes. 

Particular areas of specialisation are as follows:

  • Central city commercial and retail property – consultancy, mortgage security, rental review and negotiation and insurance assessments.
  • A range of market opinions concerning Central and South Auckland industrial properties.
  • Compensation valuations and consultancy in line with the Public Works Act 1981; currently providing expert independent advice in respect of the City Rail Link Project.
  • Development funding instructions for a range of mixed use and proposed apartment developments within the central suburbs of Auckland.
  • Specialist property value assessments and general consultancy.
  • Residential property assessments throughout the Auckland western city fringe, in particular Freemans Bay, Ponsonby, Grey Lynn and Westmere.

Richard has experience in a wide range of valuation and consultancy assignments throughout Auckland and nationwide.

The programs cover:

Valuation for Non-Valuers

  • Main drivers affecting value
  • Main valuation methods
  • Importance of cashflow timing
  • Maximising income
  • Capitalisation Method
  • How your decisions affect value
  • Strategies to maximise property performance
  • Challenging your valuer's assumptions

Discounted Cash Flow for Non-Valuers

  • Understand DCF and when it is used
  • Assumptions used in DCF valuations
  • Time value of money and DCF time horizons
  • Terms used such as IRR, Discount Rate, Total Return, Net Present Value, Investment Value, trending, terminal rate
  • View as an income-producing DCF model demonstration
  • Analyse a live DCF model for a development project

These sessions are aimed at:

  • Asset and Investment managers
  • Property managers
  • Facilities managers
  • Property and Trust accountants
  • Corporate real estate advisors
  • Selling agents
  • Leasing agents
  • Architects
  • Building consultants
  • Property lawyers
  • Banking and finance professionals
  • Professional services firms (accounting, audit, advisory, etc)
  • Municipal Councils

"Very engaging, interactive session with a good balance between theory and practical examples. Funds management perspective was fantastic!"


Everything was covered and relevant to our everyday work. Simple layout, well explained. Perfect level of interaction. I would recommend this to all people in the

Colliers International

Workshop delivery

The workshops are delivered by leading local and international industry practitioners (Chartered Surveyors™) from contracting and consultancy backgrounds. The workshop content is locally developed and built on the back of global best practice and RICS global standards.

Contact us

If you have any questions about this training workshop series, please email our Australasia Training Team.

We will get back to you as soon as possible.