DM Hall has been fostering the talents of future surveyors as its graduate development programme produces two new Chartered Surveyors.
The successful candidates in the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) were Steven Dale, currently at the Inverurie and Peterhead offices, and Wallace Kidd from the Glasgow South office.
Mr Kidd said: “DM Hall has been incredibly supportive of all of us going through the process of attaining qualification. The training programme is second to none.”
“We had mock final assessment interviews with senior Chartered Surveyors, several of whom are qualified assessors, so they knew what kind of thing we would be facing, and had first-hand experience of the process,” said Mr Dale.
The final assessment is the culmination of a process administered by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the national professional body. To progress to this stage, candidates have to document their experience covering at least 400 full days of relevant work and, at the same time, study a range of subjects.
They also have to submit a case study on a project they have worked on and undertake an hour-long assessment interview. For new graduates with an accredited degree, the process takes a minimum of two years to complete and only those that are successful in this demanding course can go on to call themselves chartered surveyors.
Steven Dale has been a graduate surveyor since September 2013 at DM Hall’s Inverurie office. He studied Property at the University of Aberdeen, and graduated in 2012. Having achieved APC status, Steven will be glad of the extra free time to devote to his hobby of musical theatre performance.
Wallace Kidd joined DM Hall in August 2014, where he assists with Home Reports and valuation surveys in the Greater Glasgow area. He studied Property Management and Valuation at Glasgow Caledonian University and is a keen golfer.
Laurence Neil, DM Hall Director responsible for the firm’s graduate programme, said: “It’s as much a credit to the hard work and diligence of the young people who join DM Hall, as it is to the graduate programme we’ve put in place.”
Eric Curran, DM Hall Managing Partner added, “We view the training of graduates as an investment in the future rather than a cost. We need the next generation of property professionals properly skilled to service our varied client base and we take our responsibility seriously.”
With over 230 members of staff spread over 25 offices, from Inverness to Dumfries; the young surveyors at DM Hall have a wealth of experience to learn from.