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    Institute of Residential Property Management

    Member examination (previously Part II)

    The Institute of Residential Property Management (IRPM) was launched in early 2002 as a means of delivering a portable professional qualification in residential property management, available to anyone working in the sector, and one which would be accepted by all those operating within it.

    The IRPM has commissioned the CIH to design and manage the Member Examination to enable IRPM members to progress to the Member grade of the Institute.

    Training for property managers of large residential blocks

    An online course is now available for property professionals to train in Residential Block Management (RBM).  The programme is being re-launched as e-learning to meet new demand for RBM training to be delivered in a more flexible way.

    “Before the downturn there was a big shortage of residential block managers,” said Liz Black, Property Specialist for Asset Skills.

    “Now there are plenty of people wanting to retrain for the job and we need to raise awareness of this training programme and make it more widely available to meet this demand.”

    The Residential Block Management course forms part of the IRPM's Foundation Examination. It covers every aspect of managing large residential blocks, from sheltered housing to luxury city apartment buildings. It also contains updates on new legislation, a “latest news” section and the opportunity to chat online to an expert and other participants. The course has been specifically developed to be flexible and allow learning while at work and also acting as a reference tool for existing property managers.

     The content is published by a partnership between CIH, Asset Skills, The Association of Retirement Housing Managers (ARHM), The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA), The Association of Residential Managing Agents (ARMA), The Institute of Residential Property Management (IRPM) The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), and The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

    The demand for block managers has grown steadily over the years because of the increasing number of single households and the ageing population. Asset Skills is the Sector Skills Council for property and has responsibility for ensuring the right sort of vocational training is available to employers.

    For more information about this course please visit the Asset Skills website or contact


    NOCN Level 1 Award in Pre Tenancy Skills (QCF)

    NOCN have developed a new qualification in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) to help new or prospective tenants understand more about their rights and responsibilities.  Click here for further information  


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