Education and Training:
To become a valuer you usually have to complete a VET qualification in property services, specialising in valuation. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information.
You can also become a valuer by studying property, property economics or valuation at university. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your VCE. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and mathematics are normally required. A number of universities in Australia offer degrees in property, property economics or valuation. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information as requirements may change.
Valuers specialising in other fields, such as machinery, art, collectibles or antiques, usually have qualifications or extensive experience in their area of specialisation. Additional training is usually provided on the job.
Real Estate valuers who have completed an approved course can apply for membership of the Australian Valuers Institute (AVI) or the Australian Property Institute (API) and, with further experience, become a Certified Practising Valuer (CPV). Visit the CPV website (www.cpv.org.au) for more information. Student membership is available with either of the above institutes.
Non-real estate valuers have the opportunity to become members of The Auctioneers and Valuers Association of Australia.
While the following courses are related to this occupation, they may not necessarily lead directly to employment, nor provide the most direct pathway to the occupation. Courses which provide preliminary or informal training, as well as those which provide additional job skills following initial qualifications may also be listed.
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- Bachelor of Applied Science - Property and Valuation
- Graduate Diploma of Property Valuation
- Graduate Diploma of Valuations
- Master of Property
Valuers are employed by government departments or in the private sector. New or trainee valuers may spend part of their time on other tasks such as real estate sales or property management.
In the private sector, most valuers are employed by valuation firms, auction houses, real estate agencies and various financial institutions such as banks, insurance companies and building societies. There are also opportunities for self-employment.
Opportunities for transfer and promotion are available between companies, or into management of property or real estate. Movement into related areas of employment such as property development and investment management is also possible.
Prospects can fluctuate with the level of activity in the industry of your specialisation.
For Further Information:
Australian Valuers Institute
The Auctioneers and Valuers Association of Australia Inc.
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