RICS and Cambridge Finance collaborate to bridge the skills gap between real estate and finance

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is delighted to announce a collaboration with Cambridge Finance to develop a comprehensive training course that will help bridging the gap between real estate and finance education.

The growing sophistication of the property and financial markets has meant that investment surveyors have not only been requested to advise on property location, covenants and physical structure of buildings, but also on debt, mezzanine, equity structures, along with hedging mechanisms and tax implications for their clients. This increased knowledge demand puts the surveying profession under an enormous pressure to understand the financial implications of property investments and the risk/return profile of investment vehicles which have real estate as the underlying asset. As an industry, this sophistication has brought very positive news such as the inflow of new capital and further job creation, but it has also shifted the requirements for the surveying education.

The joint course designed by RICS and Cambridge Finance will therefore see the delivery of finance education to students, APC candidates and Chartered Members who want to expand their knowledge and skills in the finance area and improve their performance when interacting with clients from the finance and investment community.

Maria Wiedner, CEO at Cambridge Finance said:

“We are delighted to partner on such an important educative initiative in the industry. We will work closely with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors to bring the very best in world-class finance education for the surveying profession, in the UK and worldwide. We plan to provide more and more courses over the years and work together with the surveying and finance community to transfer knowledge from one industry to another, closing the skills gap between real estate and finance and improving the overall transparency in the asset class.”

‘It’s critical that real estate as an asset class is managed by professionals who have a combination of both real estate and finance experience, so we welcome this new partnership to provide a key element of the knowledge required to manage risk and drive performance when investing in real estate’

Andrew Knight, Head of City Engagement, RICS

About

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is the world’s leading professional body for qualification and standards in land, property, infrastructure and construction. The RICS has a global reach with 125 000 qualified and trainee members across the world, promoting and enforcing the highest international standards in the valuation, management and development of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure.

Cambridge Finance is a leading provider of instructor-led real estate finance training in the UK whose aim is to address the knowledge gap between theory and practice in the property industry. Set up in 2016 by Maria Wiedner, CFA, MRICS, Cambridge Finance has taught hundreds of APC candidates and Chartered Members in their property finance and financial modelling courses throughout the country.

For more information, please contact Maria Wiedner at: mwiedner@cambridgerefinance.com

And Andrew Knight at:
aknight@rics.org

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