Exploring the need for certification

CIPS Corner

I was recently surprised to see some new faces behind the counter of the small store where I buy my vegetables. Occasionally, the owner would chat about his long hours in this always-open-when-you-need-it outfit.

But I was more surprised to see the (former) owner smiling at me from some newly printed business cards displayed near the cash register, together with testimonials about his great achievements and long experience in the real estate field. Surprised, but also reassured, because although real estate is not rocket science, unless one passes examinations and gets a licence, that person cannot sell real estate in this country.