Web Classes 2014: online rural CPD in valuation, taxation, new water laws, ag tenancies and rural development

Interest in our RICS Rural Webclasses continues to grow, and we have had some great feedback on the classes we ran in 2013.  These are proving to be an effective, efficient, economical and popular way to keep up to date, for practising chartered surveyors and others involved in farm and estate management too.

Booking details of the first two classes for 2014 are now available online:

We are starting with another look at farm and estate valuations: purposes, methods and sources.  This class runs on 28 February and you can see more details and book a place here.  This will revisit some of the basics of a rural asset valuation, look at some recent developments and of course, place this all in the context of the latest 2014 amendments to the RICS Red Book – now called the RICS Valuation Professional Standards.

We build on the first class on 18 March with a look at investment valuations of freehold and leasehold interests in farmland.  Again this class will be ‘new Red Book proofed’, and will look at the particular challenges of valuing a confusing range of freehold interests and lease types.  Whether you need to brush up on the right YP to use, or update yourself with the latest valuation thinking in this area, this class will guide you safely through.  More details and booking: here

What does it cost? £35 + VAT for each 90 minute class if you sign up individually.  For this you get the class itself, copies of presentation materials and access to a recording of the class afterwards in case you want to revisit any important nuggets.

Better still, why not sign up for a season ticket?  For £150 + VAT you can take part in any 10 classes on any topic across the full RICS Training Portfolio.  But in particular look out for the following rural classes scheduled for later in 2014:

  • 9 April: Farm rental valuations in England and Wales
  • 28 May: Forestry and Woodland Taxation and related valuations (featuring the new briefing paper to be launched this spring)
  • 6 June: Renewables valuations
  • 24 June: Water Act 2014 – practice and valuation implications
  • 9 July: Key points for the new or aspiring partner or director in a surveying firm
  • 18 September: Agricultural Tenancies in England and Wales part 1
  • 26 September: Agricultural Tenancies in England and Wales part 2
  • Date to follow: Rural development in the National Planning Policy Framework

A season ticket for the 10 classes listed here would reduce the cost per class to just £15 + VAT per class, or £10 per hour of solid, interactive, focussed rural CPD.  And with no need to leave your desk there is no expensive travel time or cost either.  Watch out for other rural topics too, as we add to the list.  If you can’t see your topic covered here, then let me know and we’ll see what we can do.  Happy Learning in 2014!

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