The Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) is a programme of practical experience and continuing professional development which, when combined with academic qualifications, leads to full RICS membership as a chartered surveyor and is a key career milestone. The qualification marks the culmination of a period of extensive training and education provided by Galbraith, and of course a huge amount of hard work in and out of the office, by the candidates.
Gilda Walsh joined Galbraith in 2015 and is part of the rural land agency team based in Ayr. From a farming background in Ireland and a first degree from Cork, she gained a masters in Land Economy in Aberdeen. She assists with the management of a number of estates in Ayrshire, also providing support for a range of valuation and professional work.
Lewis Thompson is a building surveyor (also from a Borders farming background) based in the firm's Edinburgh office. He graduated from Edinburgh Napier University in 2012 and worked for Amey surveying railway infrastructure, before joining Galbraith in July 2015.
In addition Alice Wilson, also in the firm's Ayr office, and with the APC already under her belt, has just added to her qualifications, becoming a fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) a further and distinctively practical examination, giving additional professional depth.
Iain Russell, chairman of Galbraith, said:
We are delighted to see both graduates and qualified staff continuing to add to their skills and experience which equips them for their future careers in property.
Galbraith places the utmost importance on the recruitment of the best graduates and subsequent professional development, offering a comprehensive programme of training coupled with hands-on experience.