This article discussing the Strata Management license NSW has been supplied by Deryck Walker, RMIT.
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Last month I attended the SCA National Conference in the Hunter Valley.
What a great opportunity to meet with business owners, strata managers, and other industry professionals.
One area where I must admit I haven’t yet had the chance to dive into more detail is the licensing aspect of Strata Managers in NSW. The big talking point was a potential requirement for Strata Managers to complete a Certificate IV in order to hold a license, and for business licence holders to have a Diploma with an additional three years of industry experience.
The one key detail I cannot seem to locate, is which Certificate IV and which Diploma has been named for the licensing requirements?
I have made contact with Fair Trading NSW and at this stage they didn’t have anything to add. Information on the ground seems to be scant. I have also put feelers out to SCA (NSW) representatives and am awaiting a response. I will post more on this once I receive an answer.
Online I have discovered various discussion papers with recommendations to the state government, but recommendations only, no indication of a specific direction or decision.
A key question is, which qualification will the NSW government be aligning against the licensing requirements? Common sense would say the new CPP training package is the logical selection as this package is the framework for the Strata Community Managements qualifications (Cert III, Cert IV, and Diploma).
There is an alternative training package which delivers the Certificate IV Property Services (Operations) which may be up for selection. There is some crossover between this package and the CPP package (some generic units are shared).
A key concern is that unlike the CPP package, this one does not have units which are specifically written and catered to the strata industry such as reading plans, convening and running general meetings, financial reporting and budgeting, liaising with committee etc. Instead there is general property services knowledge. So whilst the use of this package will set a bar, it goes no way to instil or test an individual’s strata-specific knowledge or expertise.
The introduction of a Cert IV and Diploma qualification requirement for licensing of managers and principal license holders in NSW will have a significant long-term effect on the industry, raising the bar for all whilst no doubt causing some growing pains for those already in the industry.
Interesting times, and I am fascinated to see which way this goes.
PS: If any readers happen to have any insider information on this development, please let me know!
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