RICS and DRS to hold training session for professionals

Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) would be delivering its globally recognised ACRETM Accredited Mediator Training Programme, for the first time in Accra.


The course scheduled to run from August 21-23 and August 25-26 is specially designed for professionals working in the built environment sector.

“Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is becoming increasingly relevant to the built environment sector in Africa. Throughout the full real estate life cycle, whether in planning, construction, real estate development, or asset management, more and more professionals are getting involved in ADR,” a statement signed by Mr Benjamin Yaw Manu, Regional Manager West Africa, RICS said.

The statement said professionals need the skills and competencies to help their businesses or their clients avoid disputes or get them resolved as quickly and inexpensively as possible.

RICS ACRETM Accredited Mediator Training prepares delegates to mediate the most complex of disputes to the highest of standards and teaches negotiation skills in a practical setting.

It is aimed at senior members of the construction, land and real estate industries, members of government departments, local authorities involved in the administration of land property matters and legal practitioners who specialise in these areas.

“The training is robust, practical and demanding, and delegates who successfully complete Module One and Module Two of the course will become an RICS Accredited Mediator,” Mr Manu said.

RICS has built upon its traditional, facilitative mediation service to develop a new, robust and evaluative training programme – ACRETM Mediation.

“Our aim is to support efforts at improving the efficacy of ADR mechanisms in Ghana since the promulgation of the ADR Act (Act 798, 2010), which seeks to promote the settlement of disputes through arbitration, mediation and other voluntary procedures. RICS are delighted to host this first ever international accredited mediation training programme for the built environment in Ghana,’’ Mr Manu said.

The training would be led by Dr John Fletcher, Global Director of Dispute Resolution Services at RICS, who said:

“We are delighted to be hosting this training in Ghana. The growing interest in alternative dispute resolution is allowing RICS to establish ourselves across Africa as a leading authority in the sector.

“We have delivered our training in the UK and internationally for several years, and I look forward to meeting and working with delegates in Ghana.”

RICS is working globally to raise awareness of mediation and to promote the use of mediation in built environment disputes, and the ACRETM Accredited Mediator training programme is delivered across the world.

Delegates in the UK, Poland, Singapore and South Africa have been impressed with the quality and delivery of the course, and have found the expert knowledge of the trainers to be hugely valuable.

“Our trainer’s teaching was of the highest standard, but it was his wide knowledge and sheer enthusiasm for the subject that made it possible for him to hold the students’ attention throughout an intensive week,” said David Levis, Project Services Manager – Hiap Seng Engineering Ltd, Singapore.

RICS DRS accreditation programmes signal the quality and expertise of those who successfully complete our training and qualifications.

Source: GNA/News Ghana

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