The Australian Property Institute (API) has given its stamp of approval for the first ‘API accredited’ Asset and Facilities Management course in Queensland.
Bond University’s Bachelor of Property and Sustainable Development has become the first course in Queensland to be professionally recognised by the API in the Asset and Facilities Management area.
Bond was also successful in seeking accreditation for its undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Property Valuation, Asset and Facilities Management and Urban Development and Sustainability, making it the only university on the Gold Coast to offer programs with full API accreditation.
The accreditation marks official recognition that the programs offered by the Bond University Mirvac School of Sustainable Development are aligned with the educational requirements for professional membership with the API.
Head of School Professor George Earl said the accreditation would be of ‘immense benefit’ to graduates of the School.
“There is a growing demand for asset and facilities management professionals in Australia and, as graduates of the only professionally recognised course in Queensland, our students will be highly sought after to fill these positions,” he said.
Professor Earl said the role of an Asset and Facilities Manager is to ensure an organisation’s facilities enable effective operation, better business performance, higher levels of worker satisfaction and productivity, and environmental sustainability.
The School’s Property Valuation students have also seen the value of their degree skyrocket as a result of the accreditation announcement.
The API’s endorsement means they will now be eligible to apply for registration as Certified Practising Valuers upon graduating, (conditional on meeting professional practice requirements).
“Given the current shortage of qualified people in the property valuation field, this accreditation will provide our graduates with excellent career options,” Professor Earl said.
The Bond University Mirvac School of Sustainable Development embeds sustainable development teachings across all programs, instilling graduates with the ambition to create buildings, towns and, most importantly, communities that will serve as a lasting legacy for future generations.
For more information about the School and its offerings, visit bond.edu.au.