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29 JUL 2020

Becoming an RICS Professional in South Africa

The built environment touches every person, nation and business, and there is an emerging demand for skills in the way it is constructed, developed, curated, measured, occupied and sold. Now, more than ever, stakeholders and clients are looking for greater certainty around professional standards and ethics, as well as the very best technical advice and guidance.

The value of RICS Chartered Status is greater now more than ever – from wider industry recognition to the confidence provided through commitment of RICS professionals to uphold ethics and be consistent in standards.

From being recognised by major employers, to having access to enhanced career opportunities, the Chartered status professionals receive from RICS acts as a passport to jobs and markets that many others may not have access to.

To understand what value the RICS chartered status adds to a built environment professional’s career, we speak to Simon Black, the Executive Director of Black Pepper Properties in South Africa.

Why did you decide to become an RICS professional?

As a sole operator within the property industry, I’ve been wanting better access to global resources that could facilitate my ongoing personal development so that I can provide a superior service to clients. Understanding and complying with globally recognised professional and regulatory standards, coupled with a strong ethical base, has elevated my service offering, which has ultimately resulted in a markedly improved quality of work.

What value has this added to your career and business?

The resources and ongoing learning offered by RICS have given me the ability to tackle relatively complex, technical aspects of broking which I was previously too inexperienced to take on. The standards and ethics prescribed by RICS have certainly amplified my professional competencies.

How does RICS equip you to cope with the challenges of the evolving built environment?

Having access to global trends, summits, online workshops and people from various markets has helped me to adapt to changing market conditions, to develop new skills and to offer relevant advice to my clients.

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Simon Black MRICS

How was your experience with attaining the RICS credentials?

I was greatly assisted by my counsellor, Kerry Millar, who was accommodating, patient and readily available to provide guidance and meaningful feedback. The final panel assessment was challenging and I was certainly put through my paces in terms of industry knowledge, technical experience, ethics and RICS global standards. I really appreciated being informed of my qualification a few hours after the interview. Overall, I found the process to be a most rewarding and satisfying experience.

What do you enjoy most about being a chartered surveyor in South Africa?

The experience has opened my mind to the broader aspects of the corporate real estate industry and has improved my ability to tackle issues far more effectively.  South Africa has consistently suffered from regulatory challenges in the property industry and being a member of RICS has enabled my firm to remain informed, educated and, most importantly, relevant. Belonging to a respected, global voice of our industry has raised my industry profile and has helped me build trust with my clients, suppliers and colleagues.