In a sector that is still unregulated to a large effect, it
is important to distinguish between the cowboys and the real deal.
There are two main regulatory bodies that registered clerks
have to answer to. They are ARLA Propertymark (previously known as APIP - Association of Professional Inventory Providers) and the AIIC
(Association of Independent Inventory clerks). Both have certain criteria that
a potential clerk has to fulfill before they are able to obtain membership.
There is formal membership requirements for both organizations which include
attending workshops and lectures, exams for some and so on.
A clerk may be a member of one or both and still be
The obvious advantages are:
The clerk has a set of standards and guidelines to follow
according to each regulatory body.
The clerk has had formal training, normally delivered by
former and/or current professionals in the industry.
The clerk is able to keep up to date with training
The clerk is able to obtain advice from the regulatory body
on any relevant issue.
The clerk will have all the relevant insurances which
include professional indemnity and public liability. (This would have been
checked by the regulatory body before membership was issued)
The Inventory clerk/ company should have an internal
complaints procedure and if a solution is not reached, the complainant may take
the issue to the regulatory body.
The clerk can be used as an expert witness in a dispute.
The advantages of having a regulated inventory clerk should
not be underestimated. Contact us now for further information.
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