To raise the bar in the strata management industry, Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA) is considering introducing a training requirement for all managing agents, media reports said.

Aside from improving professionalism, the mandatory training will also ensure that managing agents have good working knowledge on the rules and requirements for strata-titled properties.

This will also guarantee that managing agents are capable of providing technical advice on building maintenance to the property’s Management Corporation Strata Title (MCST) council.

Speaking at a conference organised by the Association of Property and Facility Managers (APFM), BCA’s Commissioner of Buildings, Chin Chi Leong said, “Most management corporation council members are lay persons and rely heavily on their appointed managing agents to help them self-manage their estate.”

In addition, there is a growing need for well-trained managing agents, considering that the number of active MCST councils in Singapore has climbed to 3,000 in 2013 from 2,700 in 2009. Of these, more than 60 percent engage such agents to help them oversee their estate.

APFM President, Professor Lim Lan Yuan welcomed the move, stating: “There is a need for more competent and knowledgeable property and facility managers who are familiar with the legal, management, financial and technical aspects of strata developments.”

As such, APFM will launch a certified training programme on strata management and management corporations. Subjects will include strata law, conflict management and property maintenance.

 

Muneerah Bee, Senior Journalist at PropertyGuru, edited this story. To contact her about this or other stories email muneerah@propertyguru.com.sg

 

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