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IREM launches CPM Program in Johannesburg, South Africa

September 06, 2017 | Leah Misbin

Recently, twenty promising students in Johannesburg, South Africa wrote the final exams to apply to become CPM Members as part of an IREM program established in partnership with the University of Witswatersrand (Wits) and the South African Institute of Black Practitioners (SAIBPP).

As part of this program, IREM has agreed to waive the CPM fundamental courses for students who received a diploma through Wits University in property development and management. The students in this pilot program, all holding this diploma or an equivalent, will form the foundation for a future IREM chapter in South Africa.

Saul Gumede, CPM, IREM’s first CPM in South Africa initiated this launch by approaching Wits University and SAIBPP about IREM. “It has been my dream to offer the CPM program in South Africa. This program has finally brought to fruition 20 years of work. I am excited to see where it will go,” says Gumede.

Professor Samuel Azasu, of Wits University, spearheaded the developed of the university’s diploma program and was instrumental in recruiting qualified students to attend this pilot. “It is an important step for Wits University and for South Africa to participate in this program. It shows that Wits education is on par with an international standard and that these students can complete in the global marketplace.”

The South African government does not currently recognize a formal accreditation program or designation for property management. Local organizers are hopeful that the IREM curriculum will become the standard for real estate management practitioners in South Africa.

About the Author
Leah Misbin is the Director of International Programs at IREM headquarters. She oversees the adaptation of IREM programs and services for the international market. 

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