Financing and Valuing Commercial Property online short course

Course starts 9 November 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
3 November 2020
Course Starts:
9 November 2020
8 weeks, excluding orientation
6–8 hours per week, entirely online
ZAR R14,000
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)


As data becomes more available and less well-known property types become more established, investors are increasingly looking to diversify their portfolios and gain access to the different risk-and-return profiles these sectors can potentially offer. In a constrained property environment, investors and developers with an understanding of the macroeconomic drivers that influence the development of commercial property in a country stand to benefit the most. This includes the knowledge of the economics underpinning financing and valuing commercial property, including valuation theory explored in a commercial property context, and the use of financial modelling to forecast returns.

The Financing and Valuing Commercial Property online short course from the University of Cape Town (UCT) provides a sound understanding of the economics underpinning the investing in commercial property, as well as insight into the specialised tools required for property valuation.

Guided by UCT faculty with a knowledge of property feasibility analysis, valuation, and property finance, the course offers theoretical perspectives and practical approaches to commercial property investment. Understand different types of commercial properties, analyse the market, and discover investment vehicles. Finally, explore a broad overview of the South African listed property market and how it can be leveraged as an investment opportunity.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • The ability to identify and leverage property benchmarking tools and data analysis techniques to drive strategic commercial property investment decisions in your business
  • Practical templates for financial modelling and valuation to help forecast potential returns more accurately
  • Insight into the macroeconomic drivers of commercial property value and the different commercial property asset types in the South African market

Is this course for you?

Investors and developers seeking to advance their understanding of the macroeconomic conditions that drive commercial property in South Africa will benefit from the focus on economics underpinning financing and valuing commercial property. Applicable not only to property consultants and property portfolio managers, but to investment analysts and asset managers, you’ll be exposed to the prediction of returns using financial modelling, discover property investment opportunities, and learn to apply valuation theory principles to real-world commercial property scenarios. You’ll investigate Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and other alternative property investments in order to better understand investment opportunities from different asset classes, and the other options available in a challenging local investment environment.

Course curriculum

Explore the drivers of commercial property opportunities as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Commercial property: analysing success factors
  • Module 2 Macroeconomic drivers of property
  • Module 3 Commercial property contracts and funding mechanisms
  • Module 4 Predicting returns using financial modelling
  • Module 5 Property valuation methods
  • Module 6 Applied property valuation
  • Module 7 Property investment alternatives
  • Module 8 South African listed property market: REITs


This course is certified by The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) for CPD points. The course has an estimated 80 hours of learning and South African engineering professionals can earn up to eight CPD credits.*

International students need to consult their national professional engineering bodies to check whether this course is recognised for points towards maintaining professional status.

*Should you wish to claim CPD activity, the onus is upon you. The University of Cape Town and GetSmarter accept no responsibility.
If you would like to claim validation or points, use the ECSA validation number UCTFIP20.

Your Course Convenor

The design of this online short course is guided by UCT faculty, as well as industry experts, who will share their experience and in-depth knowledge with you throughout the course.


Saul Nurick

Saul Nurick

Senior Lecturer, Department of Construction Economics and Management, UCT

Nurick lectures financial maths for property and construction students, property feasibility analysis, and valuation and property finance. His academic qualifications include a BCom, BSc (Hons) in property studies, and MPhil, all from UCT. He is also a qualified chartered surveyor, registered as a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS). Prior to joining UCT in 2012, he worked in Johannesburg for a listed property company and briefly in the UAE for a project management consultancy. His current research interests include green building, property finance, and workplace productivity.

View the prospectus to see all the industry thought leaders featured on this course.

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town

Learn to apply valuation techniques to commercial properties and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cape Town.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 9 November 2020.

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