Appraisal Institute of Canada announces new partnership with Université Laval to deliver French AIC Program of Professional Studies in Real Estate Valuation

AIC Professional Program of Study Leads to AACI and CRA appraisal designations

OTTAWA, April 8, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - The Appraisal Institute of Canada (AIC) and the Faculté des sciences de l'administration (FSA ULaval), Université Laval are pleased to announce a new exclusive partnership to deliver the AIC Professional Program of Study in French to real estate valuation professionals working towards the Accredited Appraiser Canadian Institute (AACI) and Canadian Residential Appraiser (CRA) professional designation.

The French AIC Program of Professional Studies Program will offer classroom and distance learning courses through FSA ULaval's regular undergraduate certificate program in real estate, the Programme de Certificat en Gestion urbaine et immobilière, for the AACI professional designation and its microprogram in real estate, the Microprogramme en Gestion urbaine et immobilière for the CRA professional designation. The distance courses will be available to all French-speaking Candidate Members across the country through advanced distance learning technology.

"AIC is pleased to partner with FSA ULaval to provide a new option to French-speaking Candidate Members to achieve their AACI and CRA designation in their preferred language," states Daniel Doucet, AACI P.App, President of the Appraisal Institute of Canada. "We are confident that the FSA ULaval program meets AIC's high educational standards and learning objectives and will provide our members with the right qualifications, knowledge and competencies to succeed in real estate markets throughout Québec, Canada and internationally." 

"The Department of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate at FSA ULaval is proud to join AIC, therefore building on our 40 years of experience in the field of real estate. We are pleased to offer our French-speaking distance courses in real estate for both CRA and AACI professional designations", said Marie-Claude Beaulieu, head of the Department.

To obtain an AACI or CRA designation, individuals begin their careers as a Candidate Member of AIC and progress through the required FSA ULaval courses and additional AIC designation requirements – including guided case studies, applied experience program, work product reviews and professional competency interviews. A post-secondary degree is required to be awarded with an AIC designation. 

Since 1998, the English AIC Professional Program of Studies was developed and administered in partnership with the Real Estate Division of the Sauder School of Business from the University of British Columbia (UBC). Moving forward, AIC will work closely with UBC and FSA ULaval to provide consistent valuation education in both English and French. Graduates of both programs are highly qualified professionals providing unbiased appraisal, review, consulting, reserve fund planning services to property owners and stakeholders.

About FSA ULaval

Located in one of North America's most vibrant and historic French-speaking cities, FSA ULaval is leading the way towards a new concept for business administration, as Québec's unique position combines international flair with proximity to major centres of innovation.
Choosing to study in business administration at Canada's oldest university means access to the world's most elite certifications—including AACSB International and EQUIS—as well as a study program designed to meet the needs of full-time, part-time and professional students. Our flexible approach gives students the opportunity to pursue their studies in the classroom, online and abroad, and take advantage of a wealth of cutting-edge public and private research partnerships. FSA ULaval's large and experienced faculty will also give you the skills to drive the expansion of ethical and sustainable businesses around the globe.

About AIC

The Appraisal Institute of Canada (AIC) is a leading real property valuation association with over 4,900 members across Canada and around the world. Established in 1938, AIC works collaboratively with its 10 provincial affiliated associations to grant the distinguished Accredited Appraiser Canadian Institute (AACI) and Canadian Residential Appraiser (CRA) designations.  AIC is a self-regulating organization that is guided by AIC's Canadian Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (CUSPAP) and Code of Conduct to ensure the integrity of the profession and the protection of public interest. AIC Designated Members are highly qualified, respected professionals who undertake comprehensive curriculum, experience and examination requirements.  They are committed to continuing professional development to maintain the highest level of competency within the evolving marketplace. Our members provide unbiased professional services on all types of properties within their areas of competence. For more information, go to www.AICanada.ca.

 

SOURCE Appraisal Institute of Canada

For further information: Sheila Roy, Director, Marketing and Communications, 613.234.6533 x 224, 613.863.0127, sheilar@aicanada.ca; Marie-Claude Beaulieu, Ph. D., Director, Department of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate, 418 656-2131 x 2926, Marie-Claude.Beaulieu@fas.ulaval.ca

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