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Propertymark Qualifications' Myth Busting Guide

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Here at Propertymark Qualifications, we often come across common misconceptions about the qualifications we offer. So, we've answered some of the more frequently asked queries we receive from learners, to try and dispel some of the myths.

MYTH: Propertymark Qualifications offer NAEA, ARLA and NAVA exams.

There is no such thing as NAEA or ARLA exams. Propertymark qualifications offer industry recognised qualifications in property and property related disciplines that NAEA Propertymark, ARLA Propertymark and NAVA Propertymark accept as part of their entry requirement for membership.

MYTH: Having a qualification from Propertymark Qualifications automatically enrols you in a membership organisation.

Achieving a qualification with Propertymark Qualifications does not automatically make you a member of a membership association - you must apply for this separately.

MYTH: Propertymark Qualifications are the same as NAEA or ARLA Propertymark courses.

This is an easy mistake to make, but courses offered by NAEA Propertymark and ARLA Propertymark are not the same as a qualification from Propertymark Qualifications.

Our qualifications are nationally recognised awards for anyone looking to enter the world of sales, lettings or auctioneering, where candidates must undertake distance learning study, sit examinations and achieve a pass in order to receive a certificate. Whilst courses from Propertymark help to build knowledge in specific areas, you do not receive a qualification at the end.

MYTH: I'm a student member of a membership association, therefore I'm enrolled with Propertymark Qualifications.

Becoming a student member of a membership organisation does not automatically enrol you with Propertymark Qualifications. To become a candidate and be registered to undertake a qualification, you will also need to register with Propertymark Qualifications separately

MYTH: MOL (Manchester Open Learning) is the same as Propertymark Qualifications.

MOL LogoWhilst MOL supply distance learning study material, they are not a part of Propertymark Qualifications, nor do they have any part in the examinations. Exams are based on the Qualification Specification, and the study guides from MOL are an aid to your learning.

MYTH: Purchasing study materials from MOL automatically enrols me with Propertymark Qualifications.

Purchasing study materials from MOL does not automatically enrol you with Propertymark Qualifications. To become enrolled with Propertymark Qualifications, you first need to register as a candidate.

MYTH: Purchasing a training bundle from a membership organisation (such as ARLA Propertymark) automatically enrols me with Propertymark Qualifications.

Joining a membership organisation does not automatically enrol you with Propertymark Qualifications, you will have to do that separately in order to undertake a qualification.

MYTH: If I update my personal details on my membership association account, they will automatically be updated with Propertymark Qualifications too.

If personal details are updated on a membership account, this does not update a candidate's account with Propertymark Qualifications. You will need to contact Propertymark Qualifications separately to make any changes to your details as we are a separate company with a separate database.

MYTH: When I've completed my qualification, my employer can keep my certificate.

Your certificate is a legal document and belongs to you, regardless of whether your employer paid for, or made a financial contribution towards your learning.

MYTH: I can use membership organisation post nominals after completing my Propertymark Qualification.

Unfortunately, you cannot do this. Post nominals (those little signatory letters after your name) are not automatically given upon completion of a qualification. This is a benefit that can only be used once you have joined a membership association. However, you can state the title of the qualification you have achieved - make sure to contact Propertymark Qualifications for the correct wording to use.

...the benefits to gaining the qualification are endless.
~ Tania Marshall - Lettings Candidate of the Year Finalist

 ...just having the qualification makes me feel even more confident in my role.
~ Elizabeth Anderson

The relationship between a landlord and their agent should be a long one, built on trust and confidence, and what better way to assure your landlord than having proof of your knowledge with a professional qualification.
~ Sara Hawkins

Having these qualifications really helps you prepare for the property industry, as you learn relevant information that will aid you in a property related job.
~ Nina Chambers

By undertaking a qualification with Propertymark Qualifications, it not only helps in giving property experts the knowledge they need to do a better job but it also gives us something just as valuable...credibility. 
~ Andrew Everett

It provides you with a personal sense of achievement in addition to the knowledge and skills necessary to confidently carry out your role to the highest standard.
~ Heather Fraser, Rising Star 2019

Studying for this qualification will help separate you from other agents whilst also increasing your confidence when interacting with customers. 
~ Sean Rawson, Sales Candidate of the Year 2019

Being properly qualified gives you the confidence to offer a professional and compliant service. Go for it!
~ Melfyn Williams, Employer Champion of the Year 2019