attained by real estate graduates in Nigeria.

Design/Method/Approach – The study adopted questionnaire survey conducted on 357 and 105 Estate Surveying and Valuation Firms in Lagos and Abuja respectively, representing an approximate 57 percent of the total number of practice firms in Nigeria. The questionnaire solicited information on practitioners’ views on competencies, in terms of, knowledge, skills and attributes attained by real estate graduates in the industry. The respondents were asked to rank on a 7-point Likert scale, 24 knowledge areas, 10 skills and 10 attributes identified and conceptualized from literature. Their responses were analysed using frequency distribution and mean rating.

Findings – The study revealed that practitioners were positive on their agreement to the graduates’ attainment on only three (3) of the twenty four (24) identified knowledge areas, namely real estate agency, property management and property valuation. While ICT, communication, Personal/Professional development and Honesty were the skills and attributes attained respectively. This clearly suggests the need for stakeholders (academics, regulators and practitioners) to take urgent steps to bridge the obvious gap between the knowledge requirements of practitioners and the knowledge attained by graduates in the study area.

Practical Implications – The findings of this paper can be used as framework for curriculum development and redesign as well as serve as a guide for real estate continuing professional development plan.

Originality – This paper is one of the few that have identified stakeholders’ perception on competencies attained by real estate graduates in Nigeria.